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My Mother Said I Never Should – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Charlotte Keatley Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Steve Turner Writer Charlotte Keatley once observed “our memories aren’t chronological. The order is dictated by what you need to tell”. Keatley uses this maxim to great effect in her oft-revived, much performed and translated play which follows 60 years in the lives of the women of a Lancashire family. Played out on ...

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Art – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Yasmina Reza Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Steve Turner Over 20 years ago Yasmina Reza’s short play was a major hit on the West End stage, with many well-known actors willing to take on the role of one of the three protagonists. It comes as some surprise then, to learn that it was written as a tragedy and not as ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Sign Of Four – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adaptor and Director: Nick Lane Reviewer: Steve Turner The second of Conan Doyle’s series of Sherlock Holmes novels, The Sign of Four is a slightly surprising choice for a stage treatment as it is built around a complex storyline incorporating flashbacks to various past episodes. Utilising some clever character changes and sticking close to the ...

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Love From A Stranger – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Steve Turner With the continued success of her production of Witness for the Prosecution still wowing audiences in London, Director Lucy Bailey has turned her attention to a lesser-known Agatha Christie and has produced another brilliant adaptation. Moving the story on some 20 years or so since its first stage production, Bailey takes ...

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The Real Thing – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Steve Turner Written and first performed in 1982 Tom Stoppard’s study of love, deception and infidelity retains its raw edge and soft underside and still feels very contemporary. Perhaps as a reflection of how little change there is in our feelings about love and friendship, the only things in the script which date ...

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The Wipers Times – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Guildford

Writers : Ian Hislop and Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Steve Turner Familiar to many from his television appearances and his editorship of Private Eye, it should come as no surprise that, Ian Hislop’s The Wipers Times is shot through with satire, digs at authority and also a couple of more contemporary jabs at some familiar targets. Written together ...

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Emma – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

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Writer: Jane Austen Adaptor: Tim Luscombe Director: Colin Blumenau Reviewer: Steve Turner Translating such a work from the page to the stage is no easy task but it is one that adaptor Tim Luscombe clearly excels in. Following earlier successes with other Austen works, he turns his attention to the story of Emma Woodhouse. As he admits in the programme ...

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Nell Gwynn – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

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Writer: Jessica Swale Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Steve Turner Anyone wanting historical accuracy should look away now. Anyone after an evening of fun, frolics, singing, dancing and general merriment better get themselves a ticket for Nell Gwynn now, before they all go! In the programme notes, writer Jessica Swale says that she wants the play to be an entertaining homage to ...

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