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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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Avenue Q – Storyhouse, Chester

Music/Lyrics: Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx Book: Jeff Whitty Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer: John Roberts What do you do with a BA in English? A question that plagues many a university graduate and one that is making young Princeton really question exactly what his purpose in life is. Having found himself living on Avenue Q and struggling to balance work, ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Storyhouse, Chester

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: John Roberts Mischief Theatre need to be congratulated once again in creating a rip-roaring, laughter filled piece of physical comedy. While it may not be as tight or as slick as their breakthrough production The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery still gives its audience ...

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