Shropshire Events and Whats On Guide

Shropshire Events and Whats On Guide

Reviews

PETER PAN

Chris Eldon Lee reviews ‘The Panto Adventures of Peter Pan’, which is at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn until Monday 3rd of January. Absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder. I must confess to a tiny tear as the band struck up the overture at Friday’s press night. After so many miserable months, unbounded silliness is back …

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Beauty and The Beast

Chris Eldon Lee reviews ‘Beauty and the Beast’ which is at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle Under Lyme until January 29th.  There are two startling transformations in this Christmas fairy tale. Towards the end of the play the Beast is prostrate before his mother’s statue, weak from his hunger strike and bereft of human …

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Jacaranda

Chris Eldon Lee reviews ‘Jacaranda’, a co-production between Pentabus Theatre and Keswick’s Theatre By The Lake, which he saw as it toured to Habberley Village Hall in Shropshire. As the extensive and enthusiastic applause for Pentabus Theatre’s new play finally subsided, the Chairman of Habberley Village Hall carefully opened the farm gate that led onto …

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The Girl Next Door

Chris Eldon Lee reviews “The Girl Next Door” by Alan Ayckbourn, which is at the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 18th September. Don’t worry. I’m not going to spoil anything. It’s just that the latest theatrical device from this ever inventive and craftiest of playwrights comes right at the end. After a tortuous …

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Idyll – Pentabus Theatre Company

Chris Eldon Lee review Pentabus Theatre Company’s “Idyll” which is at Stokesay Court near Craven Arms until Sunday 22nd August – and then touring. I enjoyed the last collaboration between Pentabus Theatre  Company and writer Matt Hartley so much, I saw it twice. Now, under the company’s new director Elle While, I’m delighted to report …

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We’ll Have To Do It Again Then, Won’t We!

Chris Eldon Lee reviews Brad Fits one woman show which returns to Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn immediately after Christmas No single man has ever endeared himself to Shrewsbury like Brad Fit. Ten years ago, he took the town’s flagging pantomime and turned into the Rolls Royce of entertainment; directing the show himself and playing the Dame …

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Theatre Review : Dead Good

Chris Eldon Lee reviews Vamos Theatre’s ‘Dead Good’ which he saw at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn. The tour includes Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre on March 5th and 6th. This is the big one! I have watched Vamos Theatre company with increasing admiration over the past 15 years. They entered my heart in my local village hall with …

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Theatre Review : The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

Chris Eldon Lee reviews ‘The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel’ which is at Birmingham Repertory Theatre until Saturday 29th February … and touring. As every famous fact about Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel has been recorded, catalogued and already turned into film or theatre, it seems quite reasonable to now start making …

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Theatre Review ; Bang Bang

Chris Eldon Lee reviews “Bang Bang”, which is at Theatr Clwyd in Mold until Saturday 22nd February and Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in May. The spirit of John Cleese seeps from every scene of his new play. He’s not actually in it. The producers say, “He wanted to be”, but they “wouldn’t let him”. But he’s …

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Chris Eldon Lee reviews ‘The History Boys’, which is at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre until Saturday 22nd February. You could certainly spot the teachers in the audience at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre last night. They were the ones who were laughing the loudest. And who can blame them? For my money, this is Alan Bennett’s funniest play, …

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Theatre Review : Two

Chris Eldon Lee reviews ‘Two’, which is at The New Vic in Newcastle-under-Lyme until Saturday 22nd of February. I’ve been in quite a few imaginary public houses in my time. But the pub (in the round) currently on stage at the New Vic Theatre (in the round) is by far the most appealing. Why, they …

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Theatre Review : Aladdin

Chris Eldon Lee reviews Aladdin, which is Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn until Saturday 10th of January. Shrewsbury’s Pantomime Dame is in need of sturdy bloomers this Christmas. The innovation for this year’s panto is a heavily engineered overhead gantry, high in the auditorium ceiling, which allows Evolution Pantomimes to transport characters on a flying carpet from …

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Theatre Review : Peter Pan

Chris Eldon Lee reviews ‘Peter Pan’, which is at Birmingham Repertory Theatre until Saturday 19 January. The word ‘reimagining’ can strike terror into any reviewer’s fairy heart. Oh No! Someone is taking an age-old favourite tale and messing about with it until it is barely recognisable. So, you can imagine how delighted I am to …

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Theatre Review : Jack and the Beanstalk at Theatr Clwyd

Chris Eldon Lee reviews ‘Jack and The Beanstalk’, which is at Theatr Clwyd in Mold until Saturday 18th of January 2020  It’s not every day you are sitting in the stalls only to be bounced on the bonce by an explosive six-foot sausage. The sausage in question is destined for the belly of the Giant …

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