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16th January 2018

Theatre Reviews

Review: Hairspray – The Apex

Question: When is an am-dram musical as good as a professional production? Answer: When it’s performed by The CTC. I cannot praise The CTC enough the attention to perfection is up there with many a West End production. Last year’s offering over the Christmas/New Year period was Cats which was breath-taking…. so how do you

Review: Jack & Beanstalk, Ipswich Regent

Jack and his poor mother Dame Trott are in trouble. The pair are out of money and the evil Giant wants his rent. The only asset they have is the family’s cow Daisy, so it’s off to market Jack goes to see if he can sell their beloved bovine and keep a roof over their

Review: Show White, Mercury Theatre

A magical journey into fairy tale land the Mercury’s production of Snow white and the Seven Dwarfs is first class. The Mercury Theatre’s pantomimes are always worth the trip up the A12 to Colchester and this year’s production is no exception, and is thoroughly enjoyable from the start. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs tells

Review: The Elves and The Shoemaker

The classic Brothers Grim tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker gets the Red Rose theatre company’s festive treatment this year and the production is proving to be a huge hit. Elvira and her father’s shoe shop is struggling and nobody wants to buy the store’s dowdy footwear. With her fancy designs being overlooked by

Review: The Ladykillers of Humber Doucy Lane

Eastern Angles return again this year with another brand new festive offering The Lady Killers of Humber Doucy Lane. Using the classic Ladykillers storyline Ivan Cutting and his team have again littered a classic piece with the madcap magic we have come to expect from this hard working theatre team. A group of convicts have

Review: Red Riding Hood, New Wolsey

The opening of a new run of the Wolsey Rock’n’roll Panto means only one thing… Christmas is just around the corner, and this year’s production of a brand new pantomime, Red Riding Hood certainly doesn’t disappoint. Red Riding Hood owns the best bakery in Soggy-Bottom-In-The-Marsh but when the village party is scattered by the return

Review: Million Dollar Quartet

Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins, all terrific performers of the rock ’n’ roll era in their own right, but performing together probably one of the greatest collaborations of popular music history. All four started their careers under the guiding hand of owner of Sun Records, Sam Phillips. Elvis Presley started

Review: Oliver! – Co4

The Company of Four bring Charles Dickens’ infamous novel of thievery, unwavering loyalty and hardship, turned musical to life on the stage of Seckford Theatre. Oliver! tells the iconic story of Oliver Twist, through his time at the workhouse to the fateful meeting of Fagin and then… well, spoiler alert! Comedic and entertaining, Oliver!’s comedic

Review: Dad’s Army

Taking a classic Tv comedy and performing several episodes on stage has become popular in recent years, there’s been Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley and Dad’s Army to name but just three. Incidentally all three have also been performed by local am drama group The Two Rivers Theatre Company. With most productions the directors

Review: Ladykillers – New Wolsey

The New Wolsey Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse and Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch present “The Ladykillers’ The Classic Ealing Comedy which is currently at The New Wolsey in Ipswich before going on a regional tour. Taking an award winning movie and putting it on the stage can be a little worrying as the audience are drawn to comparisons

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