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28th February 2020

Theatre Reviews

Review: The World Turned Upside Down

If you live in this part of the world then you have, almost certainly, heard of Matthew Hopkins, The Witchfinder General. Matthew Hopkins lived in Manningtree in the first half of the 1600s and he was solely responsible for the increase of witch trials during that period. It is believed that from 1644 to 1646

Review: Robin Hood & Babes in the Wood

Let’s face it Half-Term in February can be a terrible time to keep youngsters entertained (what with rain and cold weather) so the Company of Four pantos have long been a happy diversion. This year’s offering is Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood, a lesser performed story which is always refreshing from the

Review: Oliver!

For their annual winter production the highly talented CTC turn their attentions to Lionel Bart’s Oliver! Over the year’s there have been countless tellings of Charles Dickens’ tale of young Oliver Twist, firstly abandoned at a workhouse, then falling in with thieves before being rescued, but it is probably Lionel Bart’s film musical that is

Review: Aladdin – New Wolsey

You know it’s Christmas when the New Wolsey Theatre opens the doors to their annual Rock’n’Roll Panto. And, with a festive puff of smoke, Aladdin opens with bang to start this year’s season. Aladdin is down on his luck, he has no money and has fallen in love with a princess, but he has no

Review: Four and a Half Go Mad…..

Eastern Angles Christmas shows have become a staple diet for those wanting an alternative to fairytale romances, pantomime dames and tinsel. This year the company turn their attention to something a spiffing group of youngsters who call themselves the Famous Four and Half (it’s only a half away from a story you may remember as

Review: Teechers

A CTC Theatre Company production is always a joy to watch and their latest offering, Teechers certainly didn’t disappoint. We all remember our school days and how it felt being in that last year of school, about to leave the comfy confines of lessons and timetables and head out in to the big wide world.

Review: Food Wars

There’s been lots of talk recently about food shortages and empty shelves, about our country not being able to sustain itself with self grown and produced food and it’s reliance on goods imported from other countries. But a new production by Ipswich’s Eastern Angles theatre company shows that this is not something related to current

Review: Edith – In the Beginning

The discovery of the treasures at Sutton Hoo are arguably the greatest British archaeological find. This new play written by Karen Forbes follows the story of Edith Pretty a wealthy widow who had made her home, with her husband and later her son, at Sutton Hoo. Edith’s husband sadly died of cancer, leaving her to

Review: Romeo & Juliet

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes on a whole new lease of life this summer as Red Rose Chain make the romantic classic the focus of their attention for this years Theatre in the Forest. Again Joanna Carrick has sprinkled her creative fairy dust on another of Shakespeare’s original texts, and the result is something rather

Review: Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar is a big production… well when the central character is probably the most well known person ever, it has to be BIG! Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote it as a rock opera and it has wowed audiences worldwide, both on stage and screen, since the 1970s. Suffolk based group The

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