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What’s in a Name – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writers: Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière Adaptor and Director: Jeremy Sams Reviewer: Pete Benson It starts as a simple dinner party but will explode into a melee of criticism, accusation and surprise as a joke sparks heated debate. What’s in a Name started life as a French play, Le Prénom, that was nominated for six Molière Awards when ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Aylesbury Waterside

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Pete Benson It seems like Mischief Theatre can do no wrong and with this current tour of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery that is not going to change anytime soon. If you saw The Play That Goes Wrong and were wondering if the latest show will just be more of ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is unusual enough for a fringe hit to transfer from an above-the-pub theatre to the West End. Far more exceptional for that production to go on to win an Olivier award, transfer to Broadway, inspire two stage spin-offs, two BBC specials and show no signs of ...

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All or Nothing: The MOD Musical – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Carol Harrison Music and Lyrics: The Small Faces Director: Carol Harrison Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Another month, another tour of a jukebox musical that explores the back catalogue of a famous artist or band. In the case of All or Nothing, it is the turn of the Small Faces, following in the footsteps of the Kinks (Sunday Afternoon), the Four Seasons ...

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Gaslight – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer:  Scott Matthewman There aren’t many plays whose names have become part of the dictionary. Patrick Hamilton’s psychological melodrama is one of the few, with ‘gaslighting’ coming to mean the mental abuse that causes someone to doubt their own sanity in the manner that Gaslight’s Jack Manningham inflicts on his wife Bella. Indeed, the ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Aylesbury Waterside

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music and Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Pete Benson Ray Davies certainly wears his heart on his sleeve in this musical that tells the early history of his band, The Kinks. As well as being an icon of early Brit-Pop, Davies has some previous form as a writer of theatre musicals too and it shows. ...

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Dirty Dancing – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer:Scott Matthewman It is a safe bet that the vast majority of the audience for Dirty Dancing, as hinted at by its subtitle of The Classic Story on Stage, is familiar with the original 1987 film. This is probably the reason for the stage version’s attempt to adhere so rigidly to the script and ...

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