Amanda Hodges

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Helen Murray

4 STARS, April 24 – May 26. Dynamic and persuasive, Joe White’s first play tackles a family facing unnavigable loss and is a thoughtful and incisive drama, says Amanda Hodges more


4 STARS, April 11-14. Vibrant and beautifully-cast, Amanda Hodges enjoys a sparkling new production of a classic Lloyd-Webber hit more


5 STARS, March 20-24. A play about the British weather gripping? Absolutely riveting in fact! Amanda Hodges discovers that the meteorological background to the D-Day Landings proves fertile material for an engrossing drama more


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Manuel Harlan

4 STARS, March 8 – April 14. Amanda Hodges finds plenty to enjoy in the first major London revival of Charlotte Jones' multi award-winning comedy more


3 STARS, Feb 28 - March 3. A "solid rather than inspiring" performance of a modern masterpiece, says Amanda Hodges more


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4.5 STARS, December1 15 – January 14. Paddington may be making a splash at the box office but if it's live theatre that kickstarts your festive celebrations Amanda Hodges relishes  a terrific panto in darkest Wimbledon more


4 STARS, March 20-24. Amanda Hodges applauds a terrific celebration of British showbiz stalwart Cilla Black's life more


4 STARS, Oct 10-28. Amanda Hodges discovers the unexpected delights of a surprisingly life-affirming play about depression more


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3 STARS, October 3-14. Amanda Hodges reviews an engaging production of one of Tom Stoppard’s best-known works at the Rose Theatre more



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4 STARS, October 4-7. "A thoroughly engrossing, beautifully acted production that carries real conviction and political punch," says Amanda Hodges more


3 STARS, August 29 – September 3. Amanda Hodges enjoys a solid adaptation of E. Nesbit’s classic children's tale more


4 STARS. The Rose Theatre's adaptation of Elena Ferrante's literary masterpiece, My Brilliant Friend, is a bold and adventurous piece of theatre that gathers momentum as it progresses says Amanda Hodges. more

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2.5 STARS. Amanda Hodges finds the latest offering from Sandi Toksvig to be well intentioned but ultimately uninspiring in its portrayal of five mature characters fighting flood water in their retirement home more


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Andrew Shaylor

Amanda Hodges talks to Surrey-based photographer Andrew Shaylor about his project The Dorkinians, a unique portrait of the people of Dorking more


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Darren Bell

4 STARS Mar 28 – Apr 1. After a successful stint on the West End, The Million Dollar Quartet comes to The New Victoria Theatre. Amanda Hodges enjoyed a rocking good time watching the story of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee more


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The Old Moat Garden Centre in Epsom offers a helping hand to people dealing with mental health issues. Amanda Hodges finds out more about this vital centre for the community more


"...a subtly shaded but richly rewarding festive treat." Says Amanda Hodges. 4 STARS more


Zach Helm’s mesmerising portrait of mental illness and literary inspiration is a compulsively watchable but deeply disturbing play too, one of those rare dramas that engage, provoke and unsettle but undeniably haunt you long, long after they finish more


Spanning several summer holidays, Jess and Joe Forever is an unusual and heartwarming coming of age tale. Amanda Hodges was impressed by the surprising level of depth to this play giving the perfromance 4 STARS more


As part of our Surrey in Edinburgh series we sent one of our most experienced theatre reviewers up to the Fringe to see what's going on. Amanda Hodges was pleasantly tickled by this comic monologue from Guy Masterson giving it 4 STARS more


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