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19th March 2019

Theatre Reviews

Review: Trial by Laughter

A bookseller is accused of ‘Impious blasphemy and seditious libel’ and brought to trial, not once, not twice but three times! His defence? To be funny! This may sound like the work of fiction, however Trial by Laughter tells the true story of William Hone, a writer and publisher of comedic works, who, in 1817

Review: Othello, New Wolsey

Shakespeare’s tragedy about a Moor driven to jealous rage through the manipulation of a vindictive Iago has been adapted for contemporary theatre innumerable times, however this production by the English Touring Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, and Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory can stand amongst the best and most memorable. From the modernisation through Desdemona and Othello’s

Review: Fame at Ipswich Regent

Fame the Musical hits the Ipswich Regent Stage as part of a 30th anniversary tour. Based on the big hit movie of the 80s Fame follows the stories of an intake of students into the prestige High School of Performing Arts on West 46th Street in New York. From the tough auditions to get a

Review: Madagascar The Musical

Marty the Zebra believes there is more to life than his home at a New York City Zoo, and after hearing the penguins talk about breaking out and heading back to their ancestral home, Antarctica, he decides he too is going to escape. His destination… The Wild! Realising his friend is missing from his cage,

Review: Be My Baby

Mary Adams is 19 years old, she works in a bank and comes from a respectable family, she’s also to her mother’s horror – PREGNANT. Be My Baby follows the lives of four young girls sent to Mother and Baby home in the 1960s in an attempt to ‘hush-up’ their shameful predicament. Amanda Whittington’s tale

Review: The Return of the Soldier

Dame Rebecca West’s novel The Return of the Soldier was first published in the year that WW1 ended. Therefore this is not a story that has been written to mark the centenary of the war but dates from the time that the ravages of war were still raw and many had experienced the loss and

Review: Once – New Wolsey Theatre

Basically this is a story of boy meets girl and they both fall in love, but each has commitments, or so they think, elsewhere, so maybe it’s a case of another time and another place who knows what could have been. And basically that is the production, it’s a simple tale and never really gets

Review: An Officer and a Gentleman

It’s back to the 80s at the Ipswich Regent as a brand new musical, An Officer and a Gentleman, bursts onto the stage. Full of classic 80s tunes this is one show not to miss, as the classic chick flick from 1982 is brought back to life in this brilliant show. Set in the early

Review: Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing is one of the Bard’s best comedies, but even with a good story how many times can you watch the same old play (and as it was written in 1598 it is old!)? We know the story of two couples, the first head over heels in love with one another, until

Review: Les Misérables

Les Misérables is an epic musical, based on the novel by Victor Hugo and adapted as a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. It has wowed theatre audiences around the world with it’s powerful songs. More recently it transferred to the movie screens bringing it to yet another audience. It is a production that

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