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Arrivals & Departures – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Arrivals and departures

Writer & Director: Alan Ayckbourn. Reviewer: Jack Trott Think you know Alan Ayckbourn’s plays?  Then think again. Arrivals & Departures is no Ayckbourn middle of the road farce, everyday characters on a gentle romp, this is as gritty, contemporary and heartfelt as it gets. This is Britain’s most prolific playwright at his best, a roller coaster ride of discovery, a ...

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Farcicals – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Farcicals - Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry Tony Bartholomew

Writer and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Selwyn Knight On tour this year is The Ayckbourn Ensemble, consisting of three separate shows with interlocking casts. Two are full length plays – a revival of his 1992 play, Time Of My Life, and a new play, Arrivals & Departures, - and the third consists of two one act farces to be presented ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Sleeping Beauty Royal & Derngate Robert Day

Writer: Jon Conway Director: Sam Kane Reviewer: Sue Dixon The ingredients of a traditional pantomime have surely got to include a recognisable plot, songs to lift the spirits, jokes to groan at and a sense of involvement - i.e. audience participation of the rowdy kind. Husband and wife team Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane along with a talented cast bring ...

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Moonlight and Magnolias – Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Writer: Ron Hutchinson Director: Mark Rosenblatt Reviewer: Jim Nicholson [rating:4.5] The Watermill have certainly come up with a winner here, perhaps not quite on the scale of ‘Gone With The Wind’, but certainly a show that should pack them in during its five week run. Moonlight and Magnolias is a comic drama written by Ron Hutchinson that, very much ‘tongue ...

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Life of Riley– Richmond Theatre

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Rob Yates [Rating:4.5] Life of Riley by Alan Ayckbourn is currently on tour following a world premier production which opened in 2010 at The Stephen Joseph Theatre of which Alan Ayckbourn was previously the Artistic Director. The play focuses on the end of George Riley’s life, or more explicitly the reaction of George’s friends to the ...

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Life of Riley – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: David Griffiths [rating:3.5] Very recognisable as an Ayckbourn play this may be but as usual his characters have an earthy quality that makes this production worth a visit. What is unusual is that the main character in the play George Riley never actually appears, though his influence reaches into every corner. The use ...

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