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Helen George hits just the right note in My Cousin Rachel to leave us wondering at the end whether she was, after all, a wronged woman.

The Prince and The Witch is set in a kingdom where the royals are a loving couple who chase each other around the palace corridors.

The kingdom has fallen on hard times, everyone is watching their spending, except Lord Cringeworthy, the Lord Chancellor.

A Downton Abbey star and an Absolutely Fabulous favourite are among the performers set to appear at Cambridge Arts Theatre this year.

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Treasure Island the Pantomime is playing at Haverhill Arts Centre from Friday, January 17 to Saturday, January 25.

Presented by Centre Stage, this will be a traditional family show with plenty of audience participation, songs, dancing, pieces of eight and ooo-ahh me hearties.

Strictly Come Dancing winner for 2017, Joe McFadden (known also for Heartbeat and Holby City) will star in a new production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at Cambridge Corn Exchange

Helen George (Trixie in Call the Midwife) takes to the stage at Cambridge Arts Theatre as Rachel in Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel.

Peter Pan the pantomime will be at Saffron Walden Town Hall from January 10-12 and then again on January 17 and 18, staged by Saffron Players.

Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet is at Cambridge Corn Exchange with three Tchaikovsky ballets and we have a pair of tickets for Sleeping Beauty to win.

Comedian and impressionist Drew Cameron, from Britain's Got Talent, stars in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Haverhill Arts Centre from December 20 to December 30.

The youngsters didn't have to be asked. As the action went on, they were so engaged with the story, they were standing up in their seats, pointing and calling out helpful instructions to the cast.

Jennifer Saunders, Call the Midwife's Helen George and Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern will all appear at Cambridge Arts Theatre for the new season, just announced.

The sewing machine is whirring away at the home of Belinda Savill, director of Cinderella at Foakes Hall in Dunmow.

So far, Belinda has made 135 costumes for the show and there are another 25 to go.

Half gig, half dance show and half panto (yes an extra half for Christmas) musicians and dancers present The Lock In Christmas Carol at Cambridge Junction on Wednesday, December 18.

All seats £17 on Thursday and Friday, January 2 and 3 for Peter Pan at Chelmsford Civic Theatre

The Clavering Players are putting on Dick Whittington and His Cat - with pirates. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A pianist, a ballerina and a digital cast projected onto a screen tell the story of The Nutcracker

Alan Bennett's version of The Wind in the Willows will be on stage at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge from December 10 to 14.

Interestingly, I started my 2018 review of Aladdin at the Cambridge Arts Theatre with the line "if you want to chase away those Brexit blues!"

Dr James Nicholson a consultant at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge playing Winnie Widebottom, the dame.

When he got through the audition to appear on the television talent show New Faces - his biggest fear was how to tell his mum he had bunked off school

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