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Review: Company at The Elgiva in Chesham

Bucks Free Press: The Elgiva

1:54pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Chesham Musical Theatre excelled themselves with their recent production of this very entertaining musical.

Slick performance from youth theatre

Bucks Free Press: Princes Risborough School

4:13pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

RISBOROUGH Youth Theatre staged a delightful interpretation of this very popular story by C J Lewis from the Narnia series.

Edge-of-the-seat suspense at Waterside Theatre

Bucks Free Press: Christopher Timothy plays Inspector Hubbard in Dial M For Murder

11:04am Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE play transports us back to a post-World War II age of trilbies and chic dresses, Habitat-style decor and dial-up telephones (surely they were black – this was blood red). Stage and film action was often slower and less frenetic, but the build-up of atmosphere and tension could be masterful.

An Evening of Entertainment at Wendover Memorial Hall

Bucks Free Press: Youth Theatre

9:16am Wednesday 9th April 2014

WENDOVER Theatre Society certainly offered great evening of entertainment with two very funny plays and three monologues.

Ghostly going-ons at West Wycombe Village Hall

Bucks Free Press: Pictured: south west Hertfordshire's top six ghosts

9:35am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE Masque Players chose to stage something different to their usual productions and offered a ghostly experience.

The Story of Tom Jones is punchy and hilarious

Bucks Free Press: The Story of Tom Jones is punchy and hilarious

9:28am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

‘TOM: A Story of Tom Jones’ is brilliant. Fast-moving, punchy and hilarious, the show is a delight from start to finish.

Scooby Doo is coming to High Wycombe

Bucks Free Press: Scooby Doo is coming to High Wycombe

2:37pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

DANNY Stokes grew up watching Scooby Doo, so imagine his delight when he was cast as the hapless Shaggy. The 28-year-old actor talks about the new show coming to the Swan this month and filming an advert for the World Cup.

Audience very vocal in their approval of three act comedy play

Bucks Free Press: A picture from a previous St Peter Players production

2:18pm Thursday 27th March 2014

ST Peter Players offered an evening of comedy in the form of three one act plays.

Shane Richie announced as Swan's panto star

Bucks Free Press: Shane Richie as Dick Whittington

10:02am Thursday 27th March 2014

SHANE Richie has been announced as the panto star for the Wycombe Swan for the second year running.

Review: Return to the Forbidden Planet at The Elgiva

Bucks Free Press: The Elgiva

11:44am Monday 24th March 2014

PANDA Players offered a lively interpretation of this pop version loosely based on Shakespeare’s Tempest and with many quotes from his other plays.

Review: Classic Ghost Stories

Bucks Free Press: Review: Classic Ghost Stories

4:12pm Thursday 20th March 2014

THOSE expecting the horror or tension of contemporary ghost stories may be disappointed by Classic Ghosts, as it didn’t quite achieve the modern scare-factor, but for those gripped by classical storytelling this adaptation may be of interest.

Review: The Two Worlds of Charlie F

Bucks Free Press: Cassidy Little in The Two Worlds of Charlie F

10:20am Friday 14th March 2014

I EXPECTED big things for The Two Worlds of Charlie F. With the poignant story of servicemen and women injured while serving in the forces brought to the stage, I expected to be reaching for my tissues. But I didn't, as somehow the show lacked that certain something.

Review: The Perfect Murder at the Swan

Bucks Free Press: Victor Smiley, played by Les Dennis, and Kamila Walcak, played by Simona Armstrong

9:44am Tuesday 11th March 2014

THE audience at the Wycombe Swan last night alternated between laughter, gasps and even a bit of tutting as an excellent cast brought The Perfect Murder to the stage.

Review: The Collaborators by Fourways

5:17pm Wednesday 5th March 2014

FOURWAYS took on quite a challenge when they decided to stage this very complex and intriguing play.

Review: Some Girl I Used To Know

Bucks Free Press: Denise Van Outen

1:39pm Monday 3rd March 2014

THERE'S one thing for sure after seeing Some Girl I Used To Know- Denise Van Outen can certainly knock out a tune.

50 year celebrations with hopes to perform at The National

Bucks Free Press: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (1972)

2:10pm Sunday 23rd February 2014

A THEATRE group in Beaconsfield is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a gala dinner and a potential performance at the National Theatre.

Review: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Bucks Free Press: Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound

3:14pm Tuesday 18th February 2014

DIRTY Rotten Scoundrels is light, bright and full of fun with an excellent cast to boot.

The Little Mermaid comes to Chesham

Bucks Free Press: The Little Mermaid comes to Chesham

11:20am Monday 17th February 2014

THE costume department of the Chesham Methodist Players had a job on their hands with the next pantomime- as they had to fashion outfits for seven mermaids.

New youth theatre to put on a zombie show

Bucks Free Press: New youth theatre to put on a zombie show

10:10am Saturday 15th February 2014

WITH the Wycombe Swan's Youth Theatre not running this spring a group of creative professionals decided to fill the gap with a new group with a début production about zombies.

Review: Stewart Lee at the Wycombe Swan

Bucks Free Press: Review: Stewart Lee at the Wycombe Swan

2:03pm Monday 10th February 2014

“YOU’VE got to up your game”, comedian Stewart Lee mockingly berated the High Wycombe audience of his show at the Swan last night, after claiming yet another of his jokes didn’t get the response it deserved.

Austen show sends Mr Darcy into battle

Bucks Free Press: Austen show sends Mr Darcy into battle

1:50pm Saturday 8th February 2014

MR Darcy is the archetypal gentleman - but picture spinning a Jane Austen novel on its head and sending Mr Darcy into battle with The Predator.

Musical theatre beckons Rufus for West End show

Bucks Free Press: Robert Lindsay, Katherine Kingsley and Rufus Hound

12:16pm Friday 7th February 2014

IF you haven't seen Rufus Hound's latest show, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, being promoted then where have you been? The former stand up comedian and co-star Robert Lindsay have been merrily plugging the show which is coming to Aylesbury before it débuts in the West End.

National Trust property receives record amount of visitors

Bucks Free Press: Projects worked on by architecture firm Alan Baxter and Associates include Waddesdon Manor

3:40pm Monday 3rd February 2014

WADDESDON Manor had almost 50,000 more visitors during its Christmas season than it did the previous year.

Review: Fiddler on the Roof at the Wycombe Swan

Bucks Free Press: Review: Fiddler on the Roof at the Wycombe Swan

12:20pm Thursday 30th January 2014

BEING an actor is getting harder. You no longer have to be able to act, and often sing and dance too. Now, it seems, you have to play multiple musical instruments while acting, and singing, and dancing.

Review: Honk at The Elgiva, Chesham

Bucks Free Press: Mark Stephenson (Drake), Dan Badrick (Ugly) and Teresa Stone (Ida)

4:15pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

THE Chesham Bois Catholic Players offered a delightful alternative to the usual pantomime with this musical version of the Ugly Duckling.

Review: 'Murdered to Death' by The Hazlemere Players

12:02pm Tuesday 28th January 2014

SHIRLEY Koster directed this Agatha Christie-type whodunit thriller with fun, twists and laughs. Mercifully, Koster stopped short of an all-out farce, but could not help dipping her toe in a bit of pratfalling.

Review: Mother Goose in Lane End

9:18am Thursday 16th January 2014

WHAT would persuade anyone out on a cold wet January evening? It must be the first night of the Lane End Players annual pantomime which is guaranteed to cheer up anyone’s evening.

New theatre group to perform Babes in the Wood

Bucks Free Press: Thorncombe Woods

4:20pm Wednesday 15th January 2014

A NEWLY formed amateur dramatics group will be putting on their first production in Thame.

High Wycombe singer to play a "pickled person"

Bucks Free Press: Zoe at Piccadilly Circus

11:10am Sunday 12th January 2014

A HIGH Wycombe born singer is making an appearance in a show at The Swan in a glass bottle.

What's coming up at a theatre near you

Bucks Free Press: Derren Brown. Photo by Seamus Ryan.

1:00pm Sunday 5th January 2014

AS the January blues start to set in, it's time to look forward to the year ahead.

Review: Windsor panto dazzles in original show

Bucks Free Press: Review: Windsor panto dazzles in original show

2:26pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

Oh Windsor! How I have missed thee, let me count the ways. It would be fair to confess that after years of being a loyal Theatre Royal panto-goer, I started to stray.

Review: Swan's panto is a huge success with Richie stealing the show

Bucks Free Press: Shane Richie and a doggy helper

10:21am Wednesday 11th December 2013

SHANE Richie is the King of panto- he can sing, he can dance and most importantly he had both children and adults in stitches.

Review: Jack and the Beanstalk at West Wycombe Village Hall

3:07pm Wednesday 11th December 2013

THIS was my first pantomime of the season and I am sure it will not be my last .The Masque Players together with their youth group Masquerade presented their interpretation of the well known story.

Panto review: Elgiva does it again

Bucks Free Press: Panto review: Elgiva does it again

11:38am Monday 9th December 2013

THE Elgiva has done it again this panto season.

Celebrity chef and Basil Brush perform in Windsor panto

Bucks Free Press: Rosemary Shrager and Basil Brush

10:30am Sunday 8th December 2013

PANTO started this week at the Theatre Royal Windsor and will run until the new year.

Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream at Wycombe Swan

Bucks Free Press: The Propeller cast in rehearsal

2:45pm Wednesday 27th November 2013

WITH gender politics playing such a significant role in Shakespeare’s surreal A Midsummer Night's Dream, the all-male cast at Wycombe Swan rise to the challenge brilliantly.

Review: Bouncers at Drake Hall, Amersham

2:18pm Tuesday 26th November 2013

For their autumn production the Amersham Playgoers Theatre Group chose a play by John Godber, the well known playwright and this play of his is the most popular.

Review: An Enemy of the People at the Beacon Centre Theatre

2:11pm Tuesday 26th November 2013

IN choosing this play The Beaconsfield Theatre Group set themselves quite a challenge and pulled it off extremely well. Written by Ibsen and adapted by Arthur Miller, it illustrates how people can be self-serving.

Review: Masquerade at The Elgiva, Chesham

1:40pm Tuesday 26th November 2013

CHESHAM Theatre Company chose this play adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs from the novel written by Terry Pratchett.

Review: Ardal O'Hanlon live at Wycombe Town Hall

Bucks Free Press: Review: Ardal O'Hanlon live at Wycombe Town Hall

2:24pm Monday 25th November 2013

SOME comedians make the famously terrifying job of striding onto stage and winning over hundreds of people expecting to be made to laugh look utterly effortless, and Irish comedian Ardal O’Hanlon is certainly one of them.

Norden Farm's Christmas show starts this week

Bucks Free Press: Norden Farm's Christmas show starts this week

10:10am Sunday 24th November 2013

NORDEN Farm in Maidenhead is gearing up for its Christmas show which opens next week.

Review: Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Aylesbury Waterside

Bucks Free Press: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, picture by Paul Coltas

8:20pm Tuesday 19th November 2013

THE Aylesbury Waterside Theatre was completely packed out for Monday night’s performance of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Former RGS pupil talks about playing Bottom in magical Shakespeare play

Bucks Free Press: Chris Myles

11:20am Monday 18th November 2013

AN all male Shakespeare company called Propeller is bringing its version of the magical A Midsummer Night's Dream to the Wycombe Swan this month. Chris Myles, who is playing Bottom, spoke about his excitement for the show and how growing up in High Wycombe sparked his love of performing.

Six schools join together to perform Hairspray

Bucks Free Press: In rehearsals

4:00pm Saturday 9th November 2013

PUPILS from six schools will star in the musical of Hairspray this month, with students working on every aspect of the production.

Tring pupil filming for Cinders in a superstar cast

Bucks Free Press: Lily James

1:40pm Wednesday 6th November 2013

A FORMER Tring pupil is filming the lead role for a movie directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Review: Aliens Love Underpants at the Wycombe Swan

Bucks Free Press: Review: Aliens Love Underpants at the Wycombe Swan

6:03pm Sunday 27th October 2013

IF you have ever wondered just where all those lost pair of underpants end up, you may have been looking in the wrong place according to the popular children’s book, Aliens Love Underpants.

Theatre in the Villages show postponed until December

Bucks Free Press: Theatre in the Villages show postponed until December

1:49pm Thursday 31st October 2013

THEATRE in the Villages is now in full swing bringing top class shows to your doorstep.

Am-dram group run by youngsters celebrate 50 years

Bucks Free Press: Am-dram group run by youngsters celebrate 50 years

3:20pm Sunday 27th October 2013

AN AM-DRAM group is celebrating its 50th year but don't expect to find any members even nearing the age of 50.

Review: The Madness of King George III

3:12pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

FOURWAYS are well known for tackling difficult subjects and a play of this calibre must be well presented in order for their many followers to be satisfied.

Review: It's a Sin at The Elgiva, Chesham

2:06pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013

CHESHAM Musical Theatre Company offered a clever interpretation through song and dance of the seven deadly sins.



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