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News: The Assembly Rooms goes dark for Refurbishment

The Assembly Rooms Theatre has finally gone dark for a whole year of essential refurbishment. This maintenance works come from a generous grant from the University to invest in it's theatre facilities. But FRET NOT! This does not mean the end for The Assembly Rooms...

Review: Beautiful Thing

Anna Marshall is pleased that Hild Bede Theatre are continuing to promote diversity within Durham Student Theatre. As the sun continued to burn over Durham during the final few hours of our longest day, a small group shuffled into the shade to witness Hild Bede...

Introducing the Durham Showcase 2018

  The Durham Showcase, established in 2015, is an annual celebration of eight Durham University finalists who wish to enter into the drama industry as actors. The showcase, typically made up of monologues and duologues, has both Durham and London performances, to...

Review: Posh

Emma-Louise Howell analyses the impact of Fourth Wall Theatre's Posh. Laura Wade’s Posh has been a Durham favourite since its appearance in 2010. But, left in the wrong hands, Posh can be a dangerous choice. Not only does it necessitate cooking a three-course meal...

Review: Legally Blonde

Ellie Farrell revels in the 'blonde'-ness of DULOG's final musical of the year. Adapted from the original book by Heather Hach, and after its rise to fame by 2001’s Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon, comes Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s Legally Blonde:...

Review: Twelfth Night

Sophie Wright is charmed by the Durham performance of CTC's forthcoming UK and US Shakespeare tour. It’s that time of year again - Castle Theatre Company’s summer Shakespeare tour has begun an amazing run of Twelfth Night in Fellows Garden at Durham Castle. While not...

Review: Our Country’s Good

Lucy Knight is touched by DUCT's take on Timberlake Wertenbaker's acclaimed dramatisation of The Playmaker. Our Country’s Good is a play which simultaneously critiques both the Thatcher era in which it was written and the 18th Century penal colony in which it is set,...

Review: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Verity Kim enjoyed the metafictional humour of FHTC's annual musical. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is an unexpected gem of a musical which mixes humour with sincerity to produce a genuinely heartwarming and hilariously funny story. The musical comments...

Review: HMS Pinafore

Sophie Wright is impressed by her first ever experience of opera. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from DOE’s HMS Pinafore. I’ve had very little previous exposure to operatic music before (please forgive the lack of specific musical criticism within this review),...

Review: Death as a Salesman

Layla Chowdhury is amused by Uday Duggal's student written comedy. Having seen the preview for Death as a Salesman during the DDF Scratch Night, I was very excited to see the full production. The story follows a depressed sales worker Tony (Calum Maclean) attempting...

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