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The Crucible, by playwright Arthur Miller, is one of the great masterworks on modern theatre. As David Henshall discovers, The Crucible is more than a historical drama it’s a perceptive examination of how communities function and how petty jealousies can tear them apart.

Far From The Madding Crowd is a Victorian classic but as David Henshall finds out a new stage version written by Olivier-award-winng Jessica Swale reveals it to be a story filled with surprisingly contemporary characters

The Railway Children remains one of the nation’s most beloved children’s books and now it is being transferred to the stage. David Henshall talks to David Vince about a new production at Stowmarket’s John Peel Centre

As You Like It is Shakespeare’s musical comedy. David Henshall discovers it works well as a piece of picnic theatre

Gypsy remains one of the great story-driven musicals of American theatre. David Henshall talks to director John Whelton about Appeal Theatre’s new production at the New Wolsey.

If your mum enjoys a good musical or you are arranging a first theatre date with a new girlfriend, you might want to think hard about booking this show. It’s a multi-Tony Award-winner, sharp and funny but for Pete’s sake don’t mention the title until your guest is strapped firmly in their seat.

It’s not a word that slips easily off the tongue, friluftsliv, but it’s breezed in from Scandinavia as the latest health aid. It means free air life - in other words getting outdoors as much as you can and communing with nature.

In April, the little round coffee table will have followed my “struggle and strife” and me around for 65 years, writes David Henshall.

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