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Caroline’s Kitchen – Derby Theatre

Following the highly successful run of “Invincible” at Derby last year, this year, playwright Torben Betts, and the Original Theatre Company, present a new, recently commissioned work, “Caroline’s Kitchen”. Tonight’s opening night at Derby was the first night for a … Continue reading

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Behind the Arras Theatre Review of the Year 2018 by Gary Longden

Theatre continues to be very strong locally, both professionally, and amateur. I count myself fortunate to be able to see so much of it. I write almost all of my reviews immediately after I have returned home from a production, … Continue reading

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Preview of Caroline’s Kitchen, by Torben Betts, Derby Theatre, 24th- 26th Jan 2019

  Strong modern comedy in theatre is at a premium. Ayckbourn and Benfield penned productions still endure, albeit to an ageing audience , drawn on themes which are forty to fifty years old, and feel it. Even the odd Brian … Continue reading

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Dick Whittington – Sutton Arts Theatre

**** Dick Whittington is one of the better pantomimes with a well known and coherent narrative. The show is written, and directed, by Dexter and Emily Whitehead who know a thing or two about pantomimes. They understand the formula, and … Continue reading

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Hansel & Gretel – Derby Theatre

This fable is probably the most well-known fairy tale written by the German Brothers Grimm, first published in 1812. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister kidnapped by a crafty cannibalistic witch living in the forest in a … Continue reading

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Morgan & West: Magic for Kids, Derby Theatre

***** Magic is an uncertain theatrical form. You know that you are watching a trick – but in order for it to succeed, you have to believe it, even though you know it is a trick. Furthermore, the better a … Continue reading

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Abigail’s Party – Derby Theatre

Abigail’s Party – Derby Theatre **** I saw “Abigail’s Party” when it appeared on television in 1977, the year it was written, some forty one years ago, watching as a teenager. It received generous reviews. I loved it. I also … Continue reading

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