Yesterday, 23:26

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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Craig Smith
Yesterday, 11:04

A learner driver whose car hit a five-year-old boy before hitting a wall in Gabriel Street, Saffron Walden, has pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Chelmsford Crown Court
Wed, 09:28

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
Wed, 09:15

The administrators for Walden School, formerly called Friends School in Saffron Walden which closed last year, say they hope a new buyer will complete on the sale very soon.

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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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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The moment Paul Nicholas walked onto the stage on the first night of Quartet at Cambridge Arts Theatre, I thought how alluring he was, aged 73.

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India
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
Monday, March 26, 2018

A ball held to raise money for possible treatment for a teenager with a rare form of motor neurone disease has raised nearly £20,000.

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United Kingdom
Monday, March 19, 2018

Saffron Walden singing teacher, Joanna Eden, whose pupils include the young Sam Smith, says she regrets taking part in the BBCs All Together Now talent show.

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Sam Smith
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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House of Commons
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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Monday, March 5, 2018

After their sell-out show, Priscilla of the Desert, which is up for two awards, and their award-winning musical Sister Act, The Dunmow Players are holding auditions for their next show, Little Shop of Horrors.

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Great Dunmow
Friday, March 2, 2018

Five of the six winners playing at the winners’ concert closing the annual Saffron Walden Music Festival are pupils at Saffron Walden County High School.

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Saffron Walden
Thursday, March 1, 2018

The first ever international game to by played in England by the England Deaf Football Team will be at Saffron Walden Town Football Club.

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Saffron Walden
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The theatrical version of crime writer Patricia Highsmith’s first novel, Strangers on a Train, is ingeniously staged at Cambridge Arts Theatre.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

A music student from Great Dunmow has composed the score for the film of the Addenbrooke’s Hospital annual Charity Fashion Show.

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Great Dunmow
Friday, February 16, 2018

This is an elegant production of an elegant play. It’s very funny and it’s very French. At around 90 minutes with no interval, Art by Yasmina Reza has three actors on stage the whole time and it’s quick fire debate.

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Cambridge
Monday, February 12, 2018

When writer James Graham first offered National Theatre director Jeremy Herrin a play set in Parliament, Herrin said: “Have you got anything else?”

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NHS
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Two meteorologists were tasked with predicting the weather for D Day in June, 1944. The American said the weather would be fine, the Scotsman said it would be stormy.

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United Kingdom
Thursday, February 1, 2018

A decree written by the pope in 1521 dismissing an abbot from his post for “being naughty” has been discovered at Felsted School.

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Great Dunmow
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Singer songwriter Joanna Eden, who hosts jazz nights at Fairycroft House in Saffron Walden, is a judge on the new BBC One talent show series All Together Now which starts on Saturday, January 27.

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Saffron Walden
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A black tie ball is to be held to raise money for special gene therapy for a teenager diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease.

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Saffron Walden County High School
Monday, January 22, 2018

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, this much anticipated second instalment in the latest Star Wars trilogy follows on directly from 2015’s well received The Force Awakens.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Chelsea footballer Charlie Colkett was on hand to open a new gym, Vision Fitness, in Henham on January 7.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Golf clubs and equipment worth some £15,000 were stolen during a break-in at Saffron Walden Golf Club.

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Saffron Walden Golf Club
Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Dunmow company, Multitech has joined international engineering group SDIPTECH, based in Stockholm.

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Great Dunmow
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A man in his 60s was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after a colision on the Bardfield Road between Finchingfield and Great Bardfield today (Tuesday, January 16) around noon.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A vintage plough was led into Thaxted Church on Plough Sunday for blessing as a sign of support for the farming community.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Saffron Walden has been brought firmly into the modern era by Saffron Players with this year’s panto, Snow White. You may look as hard as you like, but there’s not a dwarf to be seen anywhere.

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Jonathan Scripps

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