Reviews

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Let’s gloss over the fact that it took three Americans to write the script of this whistle-stop tour through all the plays of our most English of playwrights, and simply be very thankful that they did, because a funnier, more…
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Love, Lies and Taxidermy

PAINES Plough was formed back in 1974 and I have long been aware of its great reputation, so when I was asked to review this show I jumped at the chance, not least because it was also to be performed…
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An Evening of One-Act Plays

I quite like an evening of one act plays.  It’s like an evening in front of the telly, watching different programmes – and a hark back to the times when ITV used to run Armchair Theatre.  A little before my…
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Mamma Mia

I had never seen this show before. A woeful five minutes of the film version put me off entirely but those with similar prejudices who reject the juke box musical genre need not fear: this is joyous entertainment from start to…
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The Mandela Trilogy

Why an opera? Read Road to Freedom, read any biography of Nelson Mandela and you would probably be more moved than at any moment in the Cape Town Opera production currently playing at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton. Libretto and music…
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Run for Your Wife

‘It’s very funny but it’s not very politically correct, is it?’ was my fiancée’s verdict as we left the theatre. If you prefer brevity, read no further as that neatly sums up what is to follow. Ray Cooney has long…
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