Combine David Shields’ stunning, cartoon-like set, a rambunctious dame and classic panto slapstick and you have a recipe for five-star Christmas success. The Mercury Theatre’s 2016 pantomime, Dick Whittington, was a well-executed production with a stellar cast. The hilarious Anthony Stuart-Hicks returns for his second year in the annual panto, this time as Sarah the Cook – whose heels get higher and costumes more outrageous with each scene, alongside kid’s favourite Dale Superville, as Idle Jack, who together adlibbed and corpsed their way to ardent applause.
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There is no greater, nor more ominous, setting for Shakespeare’s youthful tragedy than at the atmospheric St Martin’s Church in Colchester, where the Mercury Theatre Young Company perform Romeo and Juliet until Sunday 28th August. We’re transported to fair Verona as we step inside the old, redundant church, unknowingly choosing a side: Capulet or Montague, in this standing-only performance. From the timber-vaulted ceiling hangs pages from the Bard’s most popular play, whilst a series of small stages adorn the Gothic nave, with a balcony at one end. The set is simple, but rightly so as the cobweb-laden stained glass windows, huge, high ceilings and clever lighting provide a felicitous backdrop that needs little else.
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The Mercury Theatre’s latest home-grown show, Wind in the Willows, is perhaps their most inventive production yet thanks to a highly imaginative set concentrated around scaffolding, simple hanging lights and innovative piles of old rubbish, used as props by the multi-talented cast, who also double up as the show’s orchestra.
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Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on the back of sold-out shows and rave reviews in Australia, Asia, USA, Canada and New Zealand, the world’s funniest and cheekiest magic show is set to take London by storm.
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Kensington Palace, 1993. She was the Diana of her day. That day has gone. But HRH Princess Margaret, the most glamorous figure of her generation, has a final chance to be of service.
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