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Win a wicked prize!

STRATFORD Musical Theatre Company has been putting it about…that is, a pair of legs belonging to the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz to promote next month’s show at the Courtyard Theatre.…

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Singer songwriter Nick Drake remembered

IT’S forty years since the tragic death of Tanworth-in-Arden musician Nick Drake whose life, music and work has been remembered this week, Tuesday 25th November the anniversary of his death.  …

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Musicians get together for another festive bid for chart success

THEY have done it again! The Big Secret Sound has released another charity single which they hope once again will get into the UK charts, following the successful fundraising by the group’s last success story — Soldier On! Soldier On! was a fundraiser to support the family of Conrad Lewis, a soldier from Claverdon who died fighting in Afghanistan, by raising money for his family’s charity to help those in the military who are wounded or worse, and their families and community.…

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Shrew’d wins Filming Shakespeare award

THE winner of this year’s Filming Shakespeare short films competition, part of Stratford’s Shakespeare on Film festival, organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Misfit Inc, was announced at a special gala screening at Stratford Picturehouse last Thursday night. Of the 46 entries from seven countries and seven finalists (one of them, Michael Lane, is known locally) judges decided to award London-based duo — actor Robert Dukes and Kit Prosser, writer/director, with their productio…

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KES students to tell Miller classic

STUDENTS from Stratford’s King Edward VI School are busy rehearsing for the annual Michaelmas term drama production — an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic play, The Crucible. Written in the early 1950s, it is set in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692. It recounts the events surrounding the Salem Witch trials. This was a time when paranoia, hysteria, and deceit gripped the Puritan towns of New England.…

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A Christmas fairytale at Stratford ArtsHouse

STRATFORD ArtsHouse will be transformed into a winter wonderland this December for a wonderful Christmas show. This adaption of the classic fairytale, Rumpelstiltskin, boasts to be a fantastic family Christmas show, featuring wonderful storytelling, plenty of physical comedy and witty rhyming couplets as well as music and songs to keep toes tapping and little ones smiling.…

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Nurmi to have his day in the spotlight

IT may be a dog’s life for many, but for one Cairn Terrier, who is about to become a star of the stage, he couldn’t have had it better. Nurmi, from Stratford, has been cast as Toto in the Stratford Musical Theatre Company’s (SMTC) forthcoming production of The Wizard of Oz, which plays in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Courtyard Theatre in December.…

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Violin to play a key role in RSC Christmas performance

THE Royal Shakespeare Company has announced that on Christmas Eve its production of Phil Porter’s new play The Christmas Truce will, for one night only, feature The Wilfred Owen Violin. The violin has been made to commemorate 100 years since the start of the First World War, and as well as its appearance in the production, which is inspired by true events surrounding the Great War, on the Monday prior to Christmas the violin will also be used during the RSC’s annual Christmas carol concer…

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Director ready to rise to CS Lewis challenge

STRATFORD’S National Operatic and Drama Association (NODA) award-winning drama group, Second Thoughts, is staging another challenging production, Shadowlands by William Nicholson, at The Bear Pit Theatre. The production, directed by Kate Sutcliffe and featuring Hannah McBride as Joy and Noel Dollimore as CS (Jack) Lewis, follows the great requited love story of the author of the Narnia children’s books and his American fan, Joy Gresham, who he befriends and eventually marries.…

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THEATRE REVIEW: Horrible fun at its best

When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? From Victorian villains to Medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, this latest terrible tale from the Horrible Histories stable is a wonderful hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas.…

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