Thu, 10:47

Wise Children at Cambridge Arts Theatre from November 20-24 is a celebration of show business in music, dance, drama and song.

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Wed, 00:02

Ruth Jones, who has been off the stage for 12 years due to her successes on television, is an absolute delight in this intriguing and funny play.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Like the film of the same name - and similarly the hit BBC Television series Upstart Crow, the stage version of Shakespeare in Love, draws a lot of plot and humour from women not being allowed to perform on the Elizabethan stage. This play has a slow and laboured start. Interestingly, it takes off when a woman takes the stage. When would-be actress, Viola de Lesseps (played nicely by Imogen Daines) starts reciting Shakespeare’s lines, the play takes life. I would start it from there.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Alan Bennett’s play The Habit of Art, first performed at the National Theatre in 2009, is a play within a play.

The stage is set as a seedy rehearsal room with the principal players having a “run through” with the director absent, the writer present and the assistant stage manager filling in for two actors who are tied up somewhere in a matinee.

Ostensibly, the drama being rehearsed is about a fictional meeting between the poet, W H Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. However, it becomes a discussion about writing, acting and the exploitation of rent boys. And what it’s like to be one.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

A stage version the film Shakespeare in Love will be at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Monday November 5 to Saturday, November 10 and there is a special offer with best available seats for £25 for all the shows, Monday to Thursday, including the Thursday matinee.

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London
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cambridge Music Festival begins on 14 November, with 14 concerts in 10 days of Latin, jazz and classical.

The opening evening has the choir of King’s College Chapel singing works from the last year of Mozart’s life, including his Requieum. The next day, Thursday, November 15 there will be an early evening Concert by the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet playing South American tango, Django Reinhardt, Rossini and swing at Emmanuel United Reformed Church.

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Anglia Ruskin University
Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Meet Tommy Atkins, a show about the Great War, is at Haverhill Arts Centre on Thursday, November 15.

From the beginning of the First World War to the end of the Second, Private Tommy Atkins was the name that epitomised the British soldier.

We learn of his experiences in the trenches, fighting on the Somme, at Passchendaele and also the boredom, the loss and the comradeship many never found again.

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United Kingdom
Monday, October 22, 2018

Actress Morwenna Banks (among other television roles, the voice of Mummy Pig in Peppa Pig) and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Jeremy Sallis both added glamour to this year’s fashion show for Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s Breast Cancer Appeal. Morwenna described how cancer had affected members of her family. Jeremy took part in a Men in Black routine. The show, on Thursday, October 18, had models wearing everything from just bra and pants, to evening wear and bridal.

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Addenbrooke's Hospital
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

“My yesterdays have disappeared, my tomorrows are uncertain, but I have today.” So says Alice, a Harvard professor diagnosed aged 50 with early onset dementia as she gives a lecture on what it is like when the person you once were is fading away and you know it is happening.

“I miss my used-to-be self”, she says. This is the third play about Alzheimer’s at Cambridge Arts Theatre and the second this year but by far the most moving.

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John
Monday, October 15, 2018

Lady Constance Lytton was the daughter of a Viceroy of India, born in 1869, so an archetypal, upper class, Victorian young woman.

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India
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The stage version of Rain Man is tipped to be the best show at Cambridge Arts Theatre so far this year and in a special offer for readers, tickets for the performances Monday to Thursday, October 8 to 11 are available for £20.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Written by and starring Adrian Edmondson and Nigel Planer, Vulcan 7 is a vingette of two actors who have loathed each other since RADA. Their jealously knows no bounds.

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Iceland
Monday, September 10, 2018

This is a clever play. So much so that you might feel you want to see it twice to understand it.

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

My companion spotted Mathew Horne at Paddington Station. We were getting the same series of trains to Windsor where he is starring in a stage version of Rain Man, which arrives next week, from Monday, October 1, at Cambridge Arts Theatre.

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Cambridge
Thursday, August 30, 2018

It seems that The Globe is so utterly bored with Shakespeare’s plays that it will do anything to amuse itself, regardless of whether that results in something entertaining for the paying public.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

I would say Gordie MacKeeman, of Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, is a virtoso fiddle player, except I need a more exhilarating word than that. He doesn’t just play at lightning speed, he plays with the fiddle under his arm while he is doing a thundering step dance. He plays standing on top of a double bass, while the double bass is being played by someone else.

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Cambridge
Friday, August 3, 2018

Thursday nights, the first night of Cambridge Folk Festival used to be just the night you stomped round the ground, set up your tent, got your wristband and saw a couple of low-key acts with a beer.

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NHS
Thursday, July 12, 2018

Among the eccentrics at this year’s Cambridge Comedy Festival will be George Egg and his Anarchist DIY Chef show. He combines cooking and comedy to make a three course meal using power tools, office equipment and hair dressing appliances.

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Ireland
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The musical Sweet Charity is in the Great Hall at The Leys School in Cambridge until Saturday, July 14, presented by Cambridge Theatre Company.

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Cambridge
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

It was supposed to be a seated concert but a capacity crowd of 1,500 people were up and dancing when The Gipsy Kings played at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Monday, July 9.

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United Kingdom
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This is a sweet play about a poignant, true story. The performances are virtuoso from actors who are masters of their craft.

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United Kingdom
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

This is not a traditional version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It takes terrible liberties but it is definitely a play for today. At one point, there is literally a bun fight - joined in by the audience who were screaming with laughter.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

The faded Southern Belle, Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the most difficult roles to perform.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Two powerful women walk on to the stage in identical clothes, black velvet trouser suits. There is a thrill of tension. One will play Mary Stuart, Mary Queen of Scots, the other will play Queen Elizabeth I. The audience doesn’t know who will play who, and neither do they. At each performance, the spin of a coin will decide. When the courtiers bow to the queen, the die is cast, the play starts.

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Henry VIII
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Everything that opera can do is here. English Touring Opera’s double bill of short Puccini operas, which reached Cambridge Arts Theatre this week (April 16-21) included the tragic Il Tabarro (the cloak) and the comic opera Gianni Schicchi named after a character who deceives all the others to do a good deed.

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Paris
Wednesday, April 18, 2018

There may be a more amusing version of The Marriage of Figaro than this one from English Touring Opera, but I haven’t seen it and don’t expect to. This ingenious English translation by Jeremy Sams rhymes and it’s cheeky. When Antonio, the gardener describes seeing a man fall out a woman’s bedroom window and he’s asked where the is man now, he sings: “I don’t know, he buggered off.”

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army
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

On the first night of The Importance of Being Earnest in 1895 the story goes that the father of Oscar Wilde’s lover, Bosie, planned to disrupt the play by throwing rotten fruit. Wilde got wind of the plan and The Marquess of Queensbury was refused entrance to the theatre. If the playwright had seen this production by The Original Theatre Company, he might have welcomed him in.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The evil Rob Titchener, the wicked husband in Radio 4’s The Archers, who personified “coercive control” and ended up both being jeered at in the street and asked to open village fetes, stole the show on the opening night of The Winslow Boy at Cambridge Arts Theatre.

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House of Commons
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

James Graham’s play, This House, takes you back to the 1970s. It’s set in the House of Commons and it opens with MPs waving their order papers to a band with skinny musicians in jeans with long, flowing tresses. It then moves into the punk era and like the band’s spikey hair and the studs, everything gets harsher.

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Labour Party
Thursday, March 8, 2018

I won’t be the first to say that the opening for The Weir, Conor McPherson’s spell-binding play, with three men and a woman walking into a bar, sounds like the start of a joke.

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