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Rocky Horror Show – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Roberts Religious protestors tried in vain to put a dampener on proceedings as The Rocky Horror Show opened tonight at Chester’s Storyhouse theatre, while the mood outside may have been a little fraught, inside it was sexy and electric. Richard O’Brien’s cult musical continues touring the UK pulling in old fans and ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Storyhouse, Chester

Music and lyrics: The Bee Gees Adaptors: Robert Stigwood & Bill Oakes Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Emma Dutton Dig out your dancing shoes and head down to Chester’s Storyhousethis week, where Bill Kenright and The Robert Stigwood Organisation’s Saturday Night Fever takes to stage.  The musical marks 40 years since the release of the infamous John Travolta classic; telling the story ...

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Henry V – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Loveday Ingram Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Set in the beautiful Grosvenor Park, Chester’s Open Air Theatre celebrates its 10th birthday this year with a trio of plays: Twelfth Night, The Borrowers and, of course, Henry V. This story of war, allegiance and identity remains as universal and relevant now as it was to the Elizabethans watching it at ...

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Twelfth Night – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: John Roberts Julia Thomas has found magic with her production of Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy Twelfth Night as part of this year’s summer season at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. Not only has she managed to perfectly cast the rep company to play to their strongest suits, but she pushes the pace of the ...

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The Borrowers – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: Mary Norton Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Robert Shaw Cameron Reviewer: John Roberts  It’s that time of year again when the in-the-round pop-up auditorium takes residence in Chester’s Grosvenor Park and a large ensemble of actors bring three shows in rep throughout the summer (The Borrowers, Twelfth Night and Henry V). An occasion is always guaranteed due to the intimate nature ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Storyhouse, Chester

Book/Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menkin Director: Stephen Mear Reviewer: John Roberts Credit must be given to Storyhouse for taking the bold creative risk of putting this revival of Little Shop of Horrors into their deep thrust staging format. Not only for how much intimacy the space gives to this comic cult classic, but also how financially they could easily sell ...

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Annie – Storyhouse, Chester

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: John Roberts There are not many individual productions that have had the same longevity of run and success that Nikolai Foster’s production of Annie has secured. Originally opening at The West Yorkshire Playhouse (Now Leeds Playhouse) in 2011, the show then toured the UK before a residency ...

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English Touring Opera: Idomeneo – Storyhouse, Chester

Book: Giambattista Varesco Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: James Conway Conductor: Jonathan Peter Kenny Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin English Touring Opera bring us a tale of great love and passion – but not one for the squeamish. Idomemeodeals with the human frailties of betrayal, self-interest and abuse of Royal position. It looks at the aftermath of war, captivity, displacement, exile, perilous ...

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