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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Frankenstein review at Theatre Royal Brighton – ‘inventive feminist adaptation’ by Bella Todd

Women writers can still labour against a belief that their fiction must be autobiographical – that the power to make things up

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Butterfly Lion review at Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘visually bewitching’ by Bella Todd

Essentially War Horse meets The Lion King, in many ways Michael Morpurgo’s 1996 children’s novel The Butterfly Lion is a theatrical dead

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Silas Marner review at Connaught Theatre, Worthing – ‘dedicated and at times laborious storytelling’ by Bella Todd

Geoffrey Beevers has adapted several George Eliot novels for the stage, including an ambitious Middlemarch Trilogy for the Orange Tree in 2013.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

8 Hotels review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘engaging performances’ by Bella Todd

Iago only suspected it. Broadway star José Ferrer knows it: his wife is having an affair with his friend, and they’re barely

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Oklahoma! review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘problematic undercurrents’ by Bella Todd

Chichester Festival Theatre has shown a golden touch with its summer productions of classic musicals. This year it’s reviving Rodgers and Hammerstein’s

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Friday, May 24, 2019

True Copy review at Brighton Festival – ‘ingenious caper about a true-life art forger’ by Bella Todd

“A good background story increases a work’s value,” says Geert Jan Jansen in this ingenious caper about his life as a master

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dream Mandé: Djata review at Theatre Royal Brighton – ‘Rokia Traoré’s mesmerising musical monologue’ by Bella Todd

The centrepiece of Rokia Traoré’s Brighton Festival guest directorship is this unique story-concert paying tribute to the ancient art of the griots.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Nellie Limelight and the Oysters of Time review at Theatre Royal Brighton – ‘a wacky detective trail’ by Bella Todd

A grandfather clock with its pendulum strung with pearls. A birdcage with its bars snapped open. The distinctive sound of a baby

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Friday, December 21, 2018

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Hilton Brighton Metropole – ‘fee fi fo fun’ by Bella Todd

After a long stretch without a family panto, in the last few years Brighton has sprouted two. Staged in a seafront hotel

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Cinderella review at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne – ‘lovingly produced’ by Bella Todd

A glittering carriage pulled by a magnificent flying horse forms the centrepiece of this expertly and lovingly produced Cinderella. The animatronic surprise

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Aladdin review at Pavilion Theatre, Worthing – ‘lazily written’ by Bella Todd

The trend for gender blind casting has spread as far as the Worthing family pantomime, where musical comedian Vikki Stone is drawing

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Midnight Gang review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘wickedly funny’ by Bella Todd

It’s hard not to compare villainous characters in children’s theatre to Matilda’s Miss Trunchbull. The marvellously mean and deliciously disgusting Matron in

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Habit of Art review at Theatre Royal Brighton – ‘Matthew Kelly is superb in Alan Bennett’s stodgy comedy’ by Bella Todd

The first revival of Alan Bennett’s 2009 metatheatrical comedy does such a good job of convincing you it’s a rehearsal, it’s a

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Copenhagen review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘Brilliantly acted revival’ by Bella Todd

This revival of Copenhagen is in safer hands than the secrets of nuclear fission during WWII. Michael Blakemore directed the multi award-winning

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Me and My Girl review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘a dazzling revival’ by Bella Todd

Daniel Evans’ latest big summer musical has a lot in common with Chichester Festival Theatre’s 2016 hit Half a Sixpence. A working

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Creation (Pictures for Dorian) review at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts – ‘transfixing’ by Bella Todd

The faces of theatre past, present and yet to come are brought together in this unforgettable new work by British-German collective Gob

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Friday, May 25, 2018

The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety review at Theatre Royal Brighton – ‘a muddled montage of misey’ by Bella Todd

  It’s hard to imagine a better evocation of frayed nerves than Ligeti’s String Quartet No 2. This modern chamber classic starts

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Franz Kafka: Apparatus review at Rialto Theatre, Brighton – ‘a striking central performance’ by Bella Todd

The involvement of Hastings actor Emily Carding is a byword for a must-see on the Brighton Fringe. Known for her interactive, one-woman

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Random / Generations review at Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘a wake-up call’ by Bella Todd

It must be a hollow triumph for programmers when their choices prove so painfully prescient. This double bill of shorts by Debbie

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Boy, the Piano and the Beach review at Brighthelm Centre, Brighton – ‘a wordless seaside adventure’ by Bella Todd

Comprised of the People Show alumni and based in Lewes, Slot Machine Theatre have a reputation for inventive and inclusive family theatre.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Robin Hood review at the Old Market Theatre, Hove – ‘rousing and resourceful’ by Bella Todd

New Mutiny Theatre has been a company to watch since it reframed Romeo and Juliet for young audiences in 2013. Graduates of

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The Winslow Boy review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘a tension-less revival’ by Bella Todd

The centenary of the women’s vote is presumably the hook for this touring revival of one of Terence Rattigan’s best-known plays. Among

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Jungle Book review Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘joyfully inclusive’ by Bella Todd

There’s a flavour of the concrete jungle about this new musical take on Kipling’s classic from the Chichester Festival Theatre-led Children’s Touring

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Friday, December 22, 2017

The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio review at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton – ‘wooden’ by Bella Todd

The title of Brighton’s only professional pantomime may not be worth having at all costs. Director James Weisz and writer Patric Kearns

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Dick Whittington and His Cat review at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne – ‘an excellent cast’ by Bella Todd

Packing something for everyone into a joyfully unified whole is no mean feat. Sixteen years in to producing Eastbourne Theatres’ in-house panto,

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Pavilion Theatre, Worthing – ‘pop-filled commercial panto’ by Bella Todd

Worthing Theatres’ annual Christmas show has established itself as a pop-filled commercial panto with some of the spirit of community theatre. Snow

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Friday, October 6, 2017

The Four Men review at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing – ‘evocative eulogy to Sussex’ by Bella Todd

It may be an elegiac period piece about the dwindling of country ways and the autumn of life. But this new touring

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Stepmother review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘a feminist triumph’ by Bella Todd

The credit for unearthing this 1924 play rests with Richmond’s Orange Tree Theatre, which staged the UK professional premiere in 2013. But

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Monday, July 24, 2017

The House They Grew Up In review at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester – ‘subtle and surprising’ by Bella Todd

Deborah Bruce’s The House They Grew Up In is a subtle and surprising play that turns from the bleakest of comedies into

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

How learning-disabled artists are fighting to be taken seriously by Bella Todd

How do we critique theatre by artists with learning difficulties? Are these performers regarded as less able than those with physical disabilities? Bella

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sweet Bird of Youth review at Chichester Festival Theatre – ‘slow-moving’ by Bella Todd

Despite starring two leading American actors and being directed by Jonathan Kent, but the standout feature of this Tennessee Williams production is

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