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Holes stage show at Malvern Theatres: Review

Stanley Yelnats. Spelt the same backwards as forwards, and that’s not the only unusual thing about Stanley. He was born into a family cursed with bad luck. That bad luck manifests itself when he’s accused of stealing a pair of trainers. Before long, Stanley finds himself in a labour camp, digging a hole a day in the blazing sun. The question is, why is he digging? Stanley doesn’t believe it’s just because it’s character building. Holes: The story When I first read about the concept of Holes, I wondered how digging holes could be made interesting and exciting for the…

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Blithe Spirit starring Jennifer Saunders at Malvern Theatres: Review

Iconic comedy actress Jennifer Saunders is at Malvern Theatres this week, starring in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. The play is in Malvern as part of a national tour, prior to opening in the West End. As expected, the theatre was absolutely packed for opening night. In fact, it’s very close to being completely sold out all week. Blithe Spirit: The performance Laughter reverberated around the theatre as the unfortunate Edith made her unsteady way onto the stage carrying a tray of drinks. We were soon introduced to Charles and Ruth Condomine and their plans for the evening became clear. Dr…

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Malvern Theatres: Review

Two men on an exploratory voyage to the frozen North spot a figure running through the fog. Afraid of him at first, they debate whether to help him. They soon realise that he is nothing to fear and take him onboard. Then, the story unfolds. We are introduced to author Mary Shelley, and to the character found running on the ice, Dr Victor Frankenstein. The story of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as adapted by Rona Munro Rona Munro’s adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tells the story from the point of view of an author immersed in writing her novel. As the…

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The Girl on the Train at Malvern Theatres: review

As the audience file into Malvern Theatres, a projection on the back of the stage shows a train window whizzing past the landscape outside. With the audience in and the lights dimmed, Rachel becomes visible in the window. The scene cuts to alcoholic Rachel in her grubby kitchen. Her ex-husband Tom tells her that someone called Megan has gone missing. The Girl on the Train: the story Rachel Watson longs for a different life. She takes the train each day and watches a ‘perfect’ couple through the train window, wishing herself into their lives. Whilst the novel tells the story…

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Blackeyed Theatre’s Jane Eyre at Malvern Theatres: Review

From Charlotte Brontë’s decision to publish the book under a male pseudonym to the strong, female lead character, Jane Eyre is a feminist masterpiece. In contrast to many novels at the time, Brontë’s heroine fought for her own rights and freedoms. The pen name Currer Bell allowed readers to judge the book on its merits, rather than dismissing it due to its female author. This week, Blackeyed Theatre company brings an exciting adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre to the stage at Malvern Theatres. The show is running until Saturday, 28th September. About Jane Eyre Jane Eyre is a likeable character…

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