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Cambridge

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.

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

David Bowie

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.

United Kingdom

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.

Jonathan Scripps

This year’s pantomime from the Saffron Players is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as ever, the costumes are made by Sue James who worked on Pirates of the Caribbean.

Jonathan Scripps

Asked for her favourite part of the pantomime, one of the children invited up onto the stage got a laugh from the audience when she said: “The beginning”.

Hamlet

The play Young Marx, starring Rory Kinnear at London’s newest theatre, The Bridge is being screened live at cinemas on Thursday, December 7.

Europe

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood is this year’s pantomime by the Clavering Players.

Post Office

The Royal Ballet, dancing Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, will be shown live in cinemas in Saffron Walden, Haverhill, Cambridge and Chelmsford on Tuesday, December 5 at 7.15pm.

Chelmsford

It’s the season of pantomimes and Christmas plays - it’s a showcase of all the other forms of performance, song, dance, acrobatics, slapstick and wonderfully performed, precision, over acting. Here’s our pick of the shows.

Cambridge University

The title of this play will mean something immediately to anyone who knows about addiction. To recover, you need to stay away from the people who might encourage you to relapse, the places you go to get high and the things that are triggers.

Angela Singer

There never has and never will be better drama than the story of people set against the times they live in. Perhaps it started with Abraham and Isaac or Agamemnon and Antigone.

Driving Miss Daisy, starring Dame Siân Phillips and Derek Griffiths will be at Cambridge Arts Theatre from November 6-11.

This play is a masterpiece immaculately performed. I started from the beginning writing down the witty lines, until I realised, I had filled half a notebook. My pen never left the page.

Angela Singer

How far would you go to become the most powerful man in the world? Martin Shaw stars in the UK premiere of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man at Cambridge Arts Theatre from October 16-21.

United Kingdom

A play based on the true story of a woman refugee and her three children, called The Bundle will be staged for free at Friend’s Meeting House in Saffron Walden after Quakers from the town saw it in Birmingham and were so moved they wanted more people to see it.

United Kingdom

There are two chances to see Strictly dancers, Kristina Rhianoff and Tristan MacManus. They are at The Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford on October 19 and Braintree Arts Centre on October 20, in An Evening with Kristina and Tristan.

BBC

It was always assumed that this beautifully written play was inspired by the life of the cellist Jacqueline du Pre who was struck down by multiple sclerosis and lost all that was dear to her. But in the programme for this latest, masterful production at Cambridge Arts Theatre, writer Tom Kempinski says it is actually a metaphor for his own life.

Angela Singer

Seeing a family tear each other apart shouldn’t be this funny. This play is fast paced and glorious. The plot of Rules for Living by Sam Holcroft sounds like a cliché: a family gets together at Christmas and start eating each other instead of the dinner. Not a new idea but it is when cooked up like this. I loved every minute of it. It’s cleverly written, it’s supremely funny, the set is charming and the performances are superb.

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