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The Best Thing – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Writer/Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Michael Gray   Masks are a very ancient theatrical tradition. Today, that tradition is kept alive by Vamos “the UK's leading full mask theatre company”. This bittersweet tale of the permissive society, social stigma and a love-child lost is brilliantly brought to life by four performers and many more masks. The scenery – designer Carl Davies ...

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The Birthday Party – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Gareth Ryan Bennet in The Birthday Party

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray The Birthday Party  was Pinter's second full-length play. Not a success in its day and  still unsettling and confusing more than half a century on, but it has become a classic, worthy of inclusion in London Classic Theatre's pantheon. Michael Cabot's new production is a taut, intelligent reading of the text, ...

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Tell Me On A Sunday – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On A Sunday

Lyricist: Don Black Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Paul Foster Musical Director: Peter McCarthy Reviewer: Michael Gray   The nation's favourite Nancy, Jodie Prenger, brings her considerable vocal and dramatic talents to the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber song cycle, first developed in the late seventies, and appearing in many guises since, including the successful West End double bill Song and ...

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Wilde Without The Boy – Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford

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Author : Oscar Wilde Adaptor: Gareth Armstrong Director: Gareth Armstrong Reviewer: Michael Gray   This brilliant double bill of Oscar Wilde comes to the Cramphorn – far from packed, alas – polished by touring and triumphant trips to the Fringe. It's a splendid conceit – imagine that Oscar, like Dickens, decides to do the celebrity readings circuit of Assembly Rooms ...

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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

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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

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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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