Reviews

Ruddigore

W S Gilbert liked to poke fun at fads or fashions of the day and Ruddigore, which opened at the Savoy in 1887, most definitely cocked a snook at the Victorian passion for melodrama with its villains, twee heroine, madwoman…
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Oklahoma!

Oklahoma! is a big show with a big heart and Phoenix Musical Society, directed by Trish Ruff, have had a lot of fun putting this much-loved production together. Like many local companies, Phoenix has few men, but it is really…
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The Pillowman

RAODS have made a brave choice here: one of which I, as a theatre goer, lover and participant, whole-heartedly approve. The decision to stage a play whose subject matter, language and overall theme are highly controversial and hard-hitting is not…
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Because We Sing

They were formed only just over a year ago, but Viva Voce can now add the words ‘award-winning’ to any publicity material, having done rather well in this summer’s Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival and walked away with three distinctions, a…
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Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit is one of Noel Coward’s best-loved plays. Written more than 75 years ago, it has a relatively timeless quality and with a supernatural theme, it is easy to understand why the play remains incredibly popular, both in amateur…
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

With corpses littering the stage during the final scene of Hamlet, the mention of two more deaths passes almost unnoticed, but it is this line that Tom Stoppard took as the title for his first major play, which had its…
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