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OPINION: Lunch Time Before Crunch Time

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The venues may have been returned to their normal, year-round, use. The flyers all handed out and the performers enjoying a post-festival relax but the impact of Brighton Fringe still rolls on.  The naughty boys behind Brighton Fringe hit Thunderflop, Zach Zucker, Viggo Venn and Jonny Woolley, finally put pen to paper to share their experience of their first visit ...

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FEATURE: London Musical Theatre Orchestra launches its public programme

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By: SCOTT MATTHEWMAN and MARYAM PHILPOTT With increasing pressure on West End theatre space and a greater reliance on digitised music, it’s rare to hear a full 40-piece orchestra play London’s musicals as they were intended. In their place, a fashion for the concert performance has emerged, celebrating the longevity of a specific show or the work of one composer. For ...

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FEATURE: Tonic Theatre Celebrates…Leading Women in Theatre

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By MARYAM PHILPOTT Picture the scene, it’s not so long ago, in London and you’re off for a night at the theatre. You look around you in the street and everything seems fairly normal, again in the theatre things seem fine as you take your seat. But then the play starts and something’s missing… It takes a while but suddenly ...

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COMPETITION: Group tickets to Fawlty Towers the Dining Experience

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The Reviews Hub has teamed up Interactive Theatre International to offer one lucky winner 4 tickets to see Faulty Towers the Dining Experience at the Amba Hotel, Charing Cross in London. When the audience become diners in the ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant, pretty much anything can happen – because two-thirds of the show is improvised. The fun starts as guests wait to ...

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NEWS: Jenny Roberts appointed as Rifco Executive Director

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Fresh from touring the critically acclaimed Laila - the Musical, Rifco has announced that Jenny Roberts will join the company as Executive Director on 13 June 2016. Rifco creates accessible and high-quality theatre which reflects and celebrates the contemporary British Asian experience and are about to embark on a brand new programme of work for the next three years. Roberts ...

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NEWS: UK set for chilling summer as The Woman in Black tours

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By PAUL COUCH One of the West End’s most successful stage shows, The Woman In Black,  celebrated its 27th anniversary this week. Stephen Mallatratt’s creepy adaptation of Susan Hill’s best-selling novel has terrified over 7 million theatregoers since it first opened. Now producer P W Productions has announced that The Woman in Black is to embark on a major tour ...

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PULSE FESTIVAL 2016: Work in progress shows promise

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Ipswich Pulse Festival has always championed new work, from finished pieces to work in the very earliest stages of development. Glen Pearce reflects on the impact of this unfinished work in the 2016 edition of Pulse. There’s a fine balancing act when producing new theatre. Audience reaction is, of course, key, but when do you put that work in front ...

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FEATURE: Close run thing for Pulse 2016 Suitcase Day winner

L-R: Stanley Rudkin, David Ralfe, Amber Massie-Blomfield, Glen Pearce and Tom Roe

By PAUL COUCH  It’s a fantastic idea – an arena to try embryonic work in a safe environment in front of an audience.  The premise is that you get 20 minutes to try out new work – some barely started, some almost complete. If the panel of judges feel that the work has potential to be developed further, they can ...

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