Reviews

After Electra

Abstract artist Virgie invites her daughter, sister and closest friends to her 84th birthday celebrations at her beach-house home – then proceeds to shock them all by confessing to being ‘an octogenarian intent on suicide’: she is determined to take…
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The Darling Buds of May

We all know The Darling Buds of May via the ITV David Jason television version, but I was unaware that it had previously been successful as both a novel and a subsequent stage play adaption. The title itself is from Shakespeare’s Sonnet…
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Sweeney Todd

‘Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd’ – so starts Stephen Sondheim’s 1979 musical thriller. The tale of the famous Fleet Street barber dates back to 1846, when he appeared as the fictitious villain in the Victorian penny dreadful, ‘The String…
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Look No Hans

A well-constructed farce is a sure-fire winner, and that is what Broadstone Players have on their hands – or should that be Hans? – with this production. You don’t expect to be intellectually challenged by a farce; all you ask…
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Love and Information

Creative theatre is often found in the most unlikely of places, but you often don’t have to travel very far to find it. The Annex Theatre is the home of Theatre Group – the University of Southampton Students’ Union’s theatre…
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All Shook Up

At first glance I thought this was going to be a concert production revolving around some rock ’n’ roll songs, but I hadn’t done my homework: I didn’t know that this is an established ‘jukebox musical’, with a book by…
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