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Poetry from the trenches

Droitwich Advertiser:

12:10am Wednesday 15th October 2014

WAR is very much in most people’s thoughts this year with many events around the country commemorating the centenary of the start of the First World War or The Great War as it was labelled.

Carrack's as busy as ever

Droitwich Advertiser:

12:08am Wednesday 15th October 2014

SOMEONE who could easily make the claim to be one of the hardest working figures in modern music is Paul Carrack, who is currently celebrating over five decades in the music business.

Mousetrap still works its magic

12:11pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

Review: THE MOUSETRAP – at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Monday, October 13 to Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Epic tale pulls on the heartstrings

12:44am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Review: The Kite Runner at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Monday, October 6 until Saturday, October 14, 2014.

Sensing something special

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:19pm Monday 6th October 2014

THERE will shortly be an opportunity to escape into a dream world... but only briefly.

Forces for friendships

Droitwich Advertiser:

12:54pm Monday 6th October 2014

MARKING the centenary of the beginning of The First World War is a play about the extraordinary story of two of the ‘Great War’ poets.

Hopping to make the point!

Droitwich Advertiser:

12:19am Friday 26th September 2014

ANYONE thinking hop picking was the preserve of the Kent countryside might be surprised to learn that more than half of the hops grown in the UK are produced in this locality.

Tidal wave of fun

12:03am Friday 26th September 2014

Review: Three Men in a Boat - at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Tuesday, September 23 to Saturday, September 27, 2014.

Selling the stories

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:07pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

TWO plays featuring salesmen, but set on opposite sides of the world as well as centuries apart, are among the highlights to look forward to in the 2015 programme just announced by the Royal Shakespeare Company with several big names scheduled to appear in upcoming productions.

Time for a laugh

Droitwich Advertiser:

12:43pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

TWO comedies are set to have audiences laughing at Malvern’s Festival and Forum Theatres this month. One that’s brand spanking new, while the other has been around a lot longer – having been written more than 100 years ago.

Plenty to ponder over

Droitwich Advertiser:

12:36pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Review – Lotty’s War at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Monday, September 15 to Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Thanks for the music and memories

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:16pm Saturday 6th September 2014

Review – Arrival at the Forum Theatre, Malvern, on Friday, September 5.

Fitting tributes to music giants

Droitwich Advertiser:

6:00am Monday 1st September 2014

TWO of biggest ‘super-groups’ the world has ever known will be heading into Worcestershire this month.

Tale of love and war

Droitwich Advertiser:

5:13pm Sunday 31st August 2014

THE critically acclaimed new play, Lotty’s War, has now embarked on its first large scale tour of the country, which will take in Malvern, before it’s planned West End run in 2015.

Enjoy all that autumn offers

Droitwich Advertiser:

5:10pm Sunday 31st August 2014

SEPTEMBER is just around the corner and that means the serious business of the countdown to this year’s Malvern Autumn Show can begin.

The oportunity to 'barge' in

Droitwich Advertiser:

5:04pm Sunday 31st August 2014

THE largest luxury hotel barge cruising company in Europe, European Waterways, has declared the 2015 cruise season ‘the year of the family’, by offering up to 10 per cent off the price of whole boat charters on 10 of its most popular hotel barges in their fleet.

Warm applause is well deserved

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:45pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Review – Jesus Christ Superstar at the Forum Theatre, Malvern, from Tuesday, August 19 to Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Dark and racy tale sets pulse racing

12:06pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Review: Therese Raquin - at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Monday, August 18 to Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Best foot forward for fitness and fun

Droitwich Advertiser:

12:46pm Sunday 17th August 2014

WALKING is good for you. It’s relatively easy, recommended, does your health a power of good and it can be done virtually anywhere.

A flavour of Italy

12:40pm Sunday 17th August 2014

THE Royal Shakespeare Company has released a new CD of original music and speeches from its current production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Stand by for blasting!

Droitwich Advertiser:

12:36pm Sunday 17th August 2014

THOSE of the older generation, especially ones with good memories, will recall that way back in the 1950’s a new phenomenon came blasting through the American airwaves, over the Atlantic and into our own homes here Britain.

It's lust and gory!

2:29pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Review – THE WHITE DEVIL at the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Saturday, November 29, 2014.

Check out this king

Droitwich Advertiser:

2:14pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

HISTORY and holidays are just about on everyone’s doorstep.

Hardworking Alison heads for the hills

Droitwich Advertiser:

2:09pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

NOW virtually a national treasure, Alison Steadman will be heading for the Malvern Hills later this month when she stars in what will be a thrilling new production of Therese Raquin.

Set to hit the heights

2:01pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

HAVING received huge acclaim for its production of Les Miserables last year the Malvern Theatres Young Company has this time turned its attention to another spectacular stage show.

Vintage show still hits target

Droitwich Advertiser:

10:56am Thursday 31st July 2014

Review – ANNIE GET YOUR GUN at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Tuesday, July 29 to Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Dazzling debuts

5:39pm Friday 25th July 2014

Review – THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Drawing on the past

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:54pm Saturday 19th July 2014

THE world premiere of a new play inspired by real events of the First World War will be staged at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre over the Christmas period.

Mounting excitement

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:39pm Saturday 19th July 2014

FIREWORKS will light up the sky above one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist haunts next month and probably lead to a surge in visitor numbers to the area.

Gearing up around Snowdonia

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:36pm Saturday 19th July 2014

THE advice regularly offered to the masses is ‘Get On Your Bikes’.

On parade

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:32pm Saturday 19th July 2014

LOCAL opera buffs will soon have the chance to get on parade when they will be able to see and listen to a glut of some of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular works.

Building bridges

10:53am Thursday 17th July 2014

Review – MOG BRIDGES at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Tuesday, July 15 to Saturday, July 19, 2014.

Seaside fun for families

Droitwich Advertiser:

12:46pm Saturday 12th July 2014

A MONTH of brand new family activities will be on offer in Stratford-upon-Avon throughout August from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Ready to ride into town

Droitwich Advertiser:

12:43pm Saturday 12th July 2014

EXCITEMENT is beginning to mount around Malvern’s Festival Theatre due to the impending arrival of a musical show that will hit the town with all guns blazing.

Glasses raised to a great night

11:35am Thursday 10th July 2014

Review – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Monday, July 7 to Saturday, July 12, 2014.

A devil's about to roar in

1:18pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE Royal Shakespeare Company continues its theme of revealing some of the great parts written for and about women when it stages the latest production of its ‘Roaring Girls’ season at the end of this month.

Fiery action

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:15pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

TWO of the theatre’s major names will be on stage in the county when they star in one of the great plays in post-war American Drama.

Getting away from the sun...

Droitwich Advertiser:

1:10pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

ANYONE who isn’t a sun worshipper when it’s holiday time can now escape well away from the heat by going deep under a Lake District mountain.

Challenging the order

12:18pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

Review – ANOTHER COUNTRY at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Monday, June 30 to Saturday, July 5, 2014.

Crazy is a cracker!

11:17pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

Review – CRAZY FOR YOU at the Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove, from Tuesday, June 17 to Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Spot the next star

Droitwich Advertiser: DEBT: Rob Callender made his professional debut when Another Country opened in Chichester at the start of the production's UK tour. (Photo by Johan Persson)

1:05pm Saturday 21st June 2014

HAVING helped launch the theatre, film and television careers of a string of our top actors the next play heading for Malvern’s Festival Theatre could well do the same for some members of its cast.

Sundae delights

1:00pm Saturday 21st June 2014

MID-SUMMER will be celebrated in style tomorrow by the Royal Shakespeare Company when they stage A Mid-Summer Sundae, a fun packed day for all the family.

Power has faded

9:35pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

Review – A TASTE OF HONEY at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Tuesday, June 17 to Saturday, June 21, 2014.

Boers make their bow

Droitwich Advertiser: BREEDING BUSINESS: Ready for the parade ring – Rob and Vicky Grinnall, together with their son Daniel (aged) and Rob’s mother Ella and two of their British Boer goats.

10:01pm Sunday 15th June 2014

JUST over a century ago the Brits and the Boers were at each other’s throats in South Africa but at the Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern there was absolute harmony as the British Boer Goat Show made its bow thanks largely to the efforts of a Worcestershire farming family.

Turfrida is the tops

Droitwich Advertiser: Turfrida is the tops

9:35pm Sunday 15th June 2014

ONE of the regular winners in the cattle rings at the Malvern-based Royal Three Counties Show has been Bromsgrove farmer John Monk and this year was no exception.

Sunny times for big show

Droitwich Advertiser: Sunny times for big show

9:28pm Sunday 15th June 2014

THE annual Royal Three Counties Show this evening ended a successful three day extravaganza on its permanent showground in Malvern.

A feast of Coward

10:26am Thursday 5th June 2014

Review – TONIGHT AT 8.30 at the Festival Theatre, Malvern, from Wednesday, June 4 to Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Celebrating when Bruce was almighty

Droitwich Advertiser: SHARPENING UP: Members of Clanranald honing up their skills with the town of Stirling and the William Wallace monument in the background.

11:55am Wednesday 4th June 2014

THE world is currently commemorating the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One but there is another battle which goes back much further in the mists of time which is also about to be celebrated.

Daredevil delights at big show

Droitwich Advertiser: Daredevil delights at big show

11:51am Wednesday 4th June 2014

THEY may not have made it through to the final, but Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists - the brilliant Bolddog Lings - will certainly be centre-stage at this year’s Royal Three Counties Show which opens the following weekend.

Touching tale

Droitwich Advertiser: GROWING UP: Rebecca Ryan stars in A Taste of Honey at Malvern.

11:41am Wednesday 4th June 2014

ONE of the most influential plays of its generation, and a subsequent cinema classic, arrives in Malvern later this month.

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