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Frederick Knott’s thriller Wait Until Dark, first staged in 1966, is a piece of theatrical history. Whether it should be taken off the shelf, have the dust blown off it and staged again 50 years later is another question.

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Heading up this Cold War set action flick, Charlize Theron stars as an MI6 Agent sent to Berlin to investigate a colleague’s murder and retrieve a missing list of double agents.

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Berlin

In his play The Real Thing, Tom Stoppard has a touch of the Luigi Pirandello’s. The Italian dramatist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1936, liked to draw his audiences up the garden path. His characters have multiple accounts of who they are or what has happened to them. We wait on the edge of our seats to find out the truth, only to be told, finally, that there is no truth, it is all a matter of perception. “You decide”.

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Two gardens will be open for the National Garden Scheme, which raises money for health charities, on on Sunday, September 10 at Stebbing and Helions Bumstead

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BBC

The Gruffalo will come to call this autumn, at Chelmsford Civic Theatre this month and Cambridge Arts Theatre in November. Theatre Group Tall Stories bring the stage adaptation of Julian Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s classic children’s book.

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Vietnam

Jeremy Hardy will be doing his inimitable stand up at Saffron Walden Town Hall on Thursday, September 14.

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Jeremy Hardy

A choral work, The Judas Passion with the story told for the first time from perspective of the traitor will have its world premiere at Saffron Hall on Sunday, September 24.

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London

The Shindigs, one of the most versatile cover bands in Essex, will play at Bishop’s Stortford Football Club, Mitre Suite on Saturday, September 30.

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Dunmow Comedy Club opens its new season at Dunmow Arts Centre on Friday, September 8 with three comics including television warm up men Andrew Bird and Maff Brown and Mark Simons. who has been supporting Sean Walsh and Rob Beckett on their national tours as well as working with Michael MacIntyre and Jack Dee.

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United Kingdom

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international best-selling novel, The Kite Runner has been adapted for the stage and will be at Cambridge Arts Theatre from September 25-30.

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Afghanistan

The Bridge String Quartet will give a concert of classical folksongs in The Orangery, at the Gallery in the Garden in Great Saling near Braintree on Friday, September 8.

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Following the critical acclaim for 2014’s Dawn of the planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves returns to helm for this final chapter in the series.

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A stage version of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man will be at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Monday and Tuesday, September 4 and 5.

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Cambridge

The Roar Charity Fashion show, which takes place on September 23 at Quy Mill in Cambridgeshire, raising money for the Arthur Rank Hospice, East Anglian Air Ambulance and Cambridge United Community Trust, will have the pop artist Lydia Singer entertaining.

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Cambridge

Live/Wire, the AC/DC tribute show will be at Haverhill Arts Centre on September 1.

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Haverhill Arts Centre

Harriet Lauler (Shirley MacLaine), a once-successful businesswoman, works with young local writer Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried) to write her life story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Lauler’s high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she’ll be remembered.

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Banjo player, songwriter, raconteur, juggler and acrobat, Curtis Eller will be at Cambridge Junction on September 4. Born in Detroit, he says he rose to obscurity as “New York’s angriest yodeling banjo player”. Citing Buster Keaton, Abraham Lincoln and Elvis Presley as his primary musical influences, Eller became a staple of the beer halls, burlesque houses and underground theaters of the eastern seaboard. Fame proved elusive.

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Ireland

The Countess of Warwick Country Show in Little Easton over the bank holiday weekend, August 27 and 28, includes animal displays, a ploughing match, children’s egg and spoon and sack races, a dog race, tug of war, a ploughing match, sheep dog skills and classic cars. The show is named after the Countess of Warwick who was born at Easton Lodge into the Maynard family.

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