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A great night with Alison

ACTRESS Alison Steadman regaled a packed audience at the Artshouse in Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday evening with stories about land ladies in acting digs, mad aunts and getting Paul McCartney to sign an autograph outside Liverpool’s Cavern Club in the 1960s. The award-winning TV, film and stage actress, who was interviewed on stage by Fiona Lindsay for the final event in the Stratford Literary Festival’s Autumn Plus Series, kept jumping up from her chair as she described what a performer…

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Pupils performed beyond their years

Arthur Miller, The Crucible, Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School FROM time to time, rarely, a school production invites comparison with professional performance. …

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Packed houses were very well entertained

Ali Baba, Quinton Amateur Dramatic Society PANTO-TIME always cheers the end of foggy November for the residents of Quinton — and once again this year they were not disappointed.…

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Like the story itself, Truce play will go down in history

THE Royal Shakespeare Company seems to be conquering all with its current season of war-related productions to commemorate the anniversary of the Great War. First, we had Christopher Luscombe’s tenuously linked double bill of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won opening in the main house — which proved a highly triumphant ‘war plan’ from the director by setting them before and after the First World War (with a strong hint of the popular television drama Downton Abbey, …

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Pupils performed beyond their years

Arthur Miller, The Crucible, Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School FROM time to time, rarely, a school production invites comparison with professional performance.…

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Aladdin is guaranteed family fun

Aladdin, The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry PANTOMIME season is upon us again — oh yes it is! And there’s few funnier around than the Belgrade’s annual offering. Following in the success of last year’s record-breaking production of Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin features all the hallmarks of another successful traditional panto — spectacular scenery, incredible costumes, hilarious slapstick and plenty of audience participation.…

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Aladdin is fantastic fun for all the family

Pantomime season is upon us again – oh yes it is! And there’s few funnier around than the Belgrade Theatre’s annual offering.…

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This excellent quartet proved they will go far

Zelkova string quartet, Stratford Chamber Music Society, The Shakespeare Institute. THE second concert in the 50th anniversary season of the Stratford Chamber Music Society was given last Sunday evening at the Shakespeare Institute, in Church Street, Stratford, by the young Zelkova string quartet, who originally studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and who graduated in 2010.…

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A colourful show worthy of an Oscar

SOMETHING magical happened in Stratford ArtsHouse last Friday night when two Stratford schools joined forces with the town’s Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS), Talking Birds theatre company from Coventry, and a Birmingham school to perform Ant & Cleo — The Musical! Magical because you could see on the faces of the school children involved that this project has greatly enriched their lives.…

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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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