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A Murder Is Announced – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Murder Is Announced

Writer: Leslie Darbon after the novel by Agatha Christie Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Michael Gray A typically solid touring production from Middle Ground, Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced, was first adapted for the West End back in the 70s by Leslie Darbon. It boasts a splendid set, designed by the show's director Michael Lunney – the 1950s powerfully evoked ...

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Pope Head – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Pope Head

Writer: Garry Roost Director : Paul Garnault Reviewer:Michael Gray   Bacon's iconic art is celebrated world-wide; his paintings hang in the best museums, his images are instantly recognisable – think Screaming Pope. But what do we know of the man, his psyche, his sexuality and his “secret life”? Garry Roost's intriguing one-man show, somewhere between autobiography, confessional and stream of ...

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The Government Inspector – The Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford


Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adaptor: Robin Colyer Director: Robin Colyer Reviewer: Michael Gray   This enterprising, Oxford-based company is on the road for the first time, with its acclaimed version of The Government Inspector. A very welcome addition to the roster of small-scale tours in the region. Robin Colyer's madcap adaptation is set against sizeable screens, gaily painted as if by ...

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NEWS: London Classic Theatre 15th Anniversary Tour Announced


2015 will see London Classic Theatre celebrate its 15th Anniversary and today Michael Cabot, Artistic Director, has announced details of their plans for the year. The anniversary year will include tours of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends from April and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot in the Autumn. Cabot said today, “I am thrilled announce our 15th Anniversary Season - Alan ...

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The Holly And The Ivy – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Holly and the ivy

Writer: Wynyard Brown        Director: Michael Lunney     Reviewer: Michael Gray   A solid old-fashioned three-acter from Middle Ground, touring again as the shops stock up for Christmas. Set in the freezing winter of 1947, it brings a family together on Christmas Eve in the parsonage, where they all “learn a thing or two about each other”. We're back ...

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Stones In His Pocket – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Extra Stones

Writer: Marie Jones     Director: Ian McElhinney Movement Director: Brian Burroughs Reviewer: Michael Gray   Stones in his Pockets has been showing for some eighteen years, already. This nationwide tour, setting off on the road from Chelmsford's Civic Theatre, is directed by Ian McElhinney, who was the director of its first ever incarnation back in the 90s. As we ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

The Play That Goes Wrong - Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Designer : Nigel Hook Reviewer: Michael Gray   The Art of Coarse Acting meets Noises Off. Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces the "Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society" whose production of a ...

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M R James Ghost Stories – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Oh Whistle 2

Performer: Robert Lloyd Parry Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   An academic snoozes in his armchair. He wakes to share with us a couple of ghost stories from the master of the genre, M R James. Medieval scholar, Provost of King's College Cambridge, where his renowned stories of the supernatural were first performed for a circle of close friends. And it's that ...

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