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Quality Street at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is an entertaining and amusing farce

J.M. Barrie’s play ‘Quality Street’ was first performed in 1901 and written well before his masterpiece ‘Peter Pan’.

Set in the Napoleonic war period this most entertaining production by the talented Northern Broadsides is an amusing farce about relationships.

The play was so popular that the local Halifax chocolate factory named their product after this street where the play is set.

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

As a commentary the small group of ‘Quality Street tm (trademark)’ factory workers talk between themselves and the audience of love found and lost, with even a mention of Whatsapp.

The characters are delightful and extremely colourful to match the colours of the sweets.

Jessica Baglow’s portrayal of Phoebe not wanting to be an old maid caught the mood, whereas Alicia McKenzie as Mary was settled to be in that role.

The atmospheric soft music mirrors so well what’s happening on stage.

There was nice little touch when a lucky few from the audience were treated to chocolates from one of the ‘factory workers’.

It runs at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds until Saturday, March 14.

For tickets, visit www.theatreroyal.org/shows/quality-street/

Review by Robert Wright.

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