Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Peter James, the author of The House on Cold Hill, now being staged as a play at Cambridge Arts Theatre, says it was inspired by what happened to him and his former wife in 1988.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Rough Crossing, now showing at Cambridge Arts Theatre, was written in 1984. Sadly, this play set at sea is rather washed out.

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Monday, April 1, 2019

Few things in life are as hysterically funny, warm and generally uplifting as three hours with Mark Steel.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Rachel Wagstaff’s adaptation of Dame Agatha Christie’s 1962 whodunit, The Mirror Crack’d is clever. Few in the audience would have guessed who the killer was. The denouement is a surprise.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Well! This is a machine gun of a play. Non-stop energy and with such rapid fire performances creating high-pressure salesmen that I left the theatre vowing never to buy anything - ever again.

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America
Monday, February 18, 2019

You can try out being an rat in experiments, see how the Genome Project will revolutionise medicine and dance at a scientific ceilidh. Here is a taste of the events at Cambridge Science Festival, March 11-24.

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Cambridge
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mark Thomas’s latest show about the current state of the NHS went down so well on February 12 at Cambridge Junction that the audience applauded after every riff. They didn’t wait till the end.

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NHS
Monday, February 11, 2019

Rebus: Long Shadows, is a gritty drama about a retired detective determined to find the killer of a teenage girl.

The difficulty is that it’s a cold case. It’s been 17 years since the murder. He doesn’t even know if the killer is still alive.

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Edinburgh
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Everyone should get divorced says Mark Steel. “It’s one of life’s experiences”.

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European Union
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Caroline’s Kitchen, by Torben Betts, is 1980’s farce meets Victorian melodrama. The plot is predictable and the characters cliched but the audience loved it - so what the heck.

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Cambridge
Thursday, November 22, 2018

A packed audience at the Cambridge Arts Theatre stood on its feet and cheered at Emma Rice’s production of Wise Children. It is a triumph of storytelling, belly-laugh humour, soul-stirring dance and powerful singing from a cast of 12 who play 22 different roles.

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London
Thursday, November 15, 2018

It’s £10 off all tickets for weekday performances of Wise Children at Cambridge Arts Theatre

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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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BBC
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

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