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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.

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”.

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.


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.


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.


The show Hairy Maclary and Friends, based on the books by the New Zealand author, Dame Lynley Dodd about a dog and his friends, will be at Haverhill Arts Centre on August 25 presented by Nonsense Room Products.

The all-male Mikado at the Arts Theatre Cambridge is enchanting and I urge you to go.


A modern version of Shakespeare’s Loves Labours Lost will be in the Monastery Gardens, Windhill in Bishop’s Stortford on July 6, 7 and 8.

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The Hotbed Theatre Festival, celebrating new writing will be at Cambridge Junction on Saturday, July 8, produced by Menagerie Theatre Company in association with the venue.


A stage show of Priscilla Queen of the Desert will be at The Leys School, in Cambridge from Tuesday, July 11 to Saturday, July 15.


Sasha Regan’s all male Mikado will be at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Tuesday June 27 to Saturday, July 1.


Sir Ranulph Fiennes presents an evening called Mind Over Matter at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Monday, July 3, He will talk about his life, childhood, misdemeanours at school, army life, frostbite and early expeditions including projects which put him into the Guinness Book of Records and got him described as Britain’s greatest living explorer.

What the EU referendum and this month’s general election showed is that Britain is a divided nation: rich and poor, young and old, town and country. The play, My Country, based on interviews with people from across the regions about Brexit, laced together by poet Carol Ann Duffy, expresses these divisions.

In the days after the Brexit vote a team from the National Theatre spoke to people nationwide aged from nine to 97 to hear their views about Britain.

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For Saffron Hall’s first fully staged, professional dance show, a delighted audience was transported to the sultry streets of Buenos Aires on Friday and Saturday (June 2 and 3) for Sadler’s Wells production Milonga: Tango for the 21st Century.

Anything Goes, Nowadays. You go to the theatre and you have to make up your own musical show. It’s wonderful, it’s marvellous... it flew us to the moon.

The life-story of the late poet laureate John Betjeman will be told through his poety by Edward Fox at Cambridge Arts Theatre from June 6 to 10. Fox returns to the stage with his acclaimed portrayal of John Betjeman, poet laureate and icon of British poetry who was born in 1904 and died in 1984.

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Children’s Play, We’re Going on a Bearhunt will be at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on June 8 and 9, adapted from Michael Rosen’s award-winning book.

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, a comedy by Neil Simon will be presented by Clavering Players at Clavering Village Hall over the weekend of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 2, 3 and 4.

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A brand new musical comedy will be started from scratch at each performance of Show Stopper! The Improvised Musical at Cambridge Arts Theatre from Wednesday May 31 to Saturday, June 3.

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