Month: May 2017

Evita leads a summer of must-see shows at the Orchard Theatre

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Bringing the West End to North Kent audiences for over 30 years, the Orchard Theatre has a blockbusting summer ahead, featuring music, drama and comedy for both adults and children. Evita takes us into June, with a storming opening night last night. Santa Evita, forever immortalised by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, was the…

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Review: The Beast at Betteshanger Country Park by Anna Morell

The Beast

We’re up and out early. An hour’s drive east to The Beast. The sky thickens and darkens as we drive, mammatus clouds gathering above us, gloaming, bright white light around ominous globules. Everything feels foreboding, and then the sky opens. Lightning splitting the sci-fi sky, and thunderclaps announcing pouring rain. What the heck have we let…

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Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, reviewed by Francesca Baker

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Back in 1948 Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger took Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale about a pair of red ballet shoes which force their wearer to dance until she dies, and turned it into a technicolour parable on the all-consuming nature of art. Last year, it was remade into another masterpiece by New Adventures artistic director Sir Matthew Bourne.

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