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Measure for Measure – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alistair Ganley Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s 'problem plays’ and any production has certain elements of the story that are hard for a modern Western audience to relate to, including the main dilemma (Isabella's reluctance to betray her vow of chastity to save her brother, who has been condemned to death ...

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Nutcracker and Ballet Etudes – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Carl Czerney Reviewer:  Scott Matthewman Since 1998, Janet Lewis’ English Youth Ballet (EYB) has been working with young dancers around England, giving children and young adults the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside, and be trained by, professional ballet dancers. The result is an evening of ballet in which the stage is full of young hopefuls ...

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt  – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts  From the director of The National Theatre’s 2016 production of Peter Pan and countless other family theatre favourites Sally Cookson comes We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Adapted from the book of the same name by Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, this is a story that a lot of children are already familiar with and ...

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Etch – The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Devised by: Heather Walrond, Laura Henry, Lucy Freeman and Victoria Malin Original score: Magdalena Walker Director: Claire Summers Reviewer: Karen Bussell South West dance company with a difference, and making a difference, Exim brings a layered reminiscent piece invoking childhood memories and joie de vivre. The four white-clad dancers make their presence felt long before a note is played or ...

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Oyster Boy – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Devised by Haste Theatre Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Tim Burton is well known for his dark eccentric fantasy films, but in 1997 he also produced a book in a similar vein, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories. The title story, written in verse, is the inspiration for Haste Theatre’s Oyster Boy. The story is a simple allegory about ...

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Madam Butterfly – Milton Keynes Theatre

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Joachim Herz Conductor: Andrew Greenwood Reviewer: Maggie Constable Puccini’s much-beloved Madam Butterfly brings to a climatic end Welsh National Opera’s Love’s Poisoned Chalice season at Milton Keynes this week. Director Joachim Herz’s traditional staging was first seen almost 40 years ago and certainly stands the test of time. It retains Puccini’s original concept but cleverly demonstrates imperial power at ...

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Casanova – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

northern ballet corps in casanova

Choreographer: Kenneth Tindall Original Scenario: Kenneth Tindall & Ian Kelly Reviewer: Dominic Corr Decadence and debauchery: terms that readily come to mind when thoughts turn to Giacomo Casanova. For many, this image is synonymous with adultery, womanising and sexual deviance. Instead, Kenneth Tindall’s adaptation for the Northern Ballet company’s production of Casanova offers a look at the passion, pain and grandiose ...

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Julius Caesar – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon

James-Corrigan-as-Mark Antony and Alex Waldman as Brutus in Julius Caesar

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer:  James Garrington Watching Julius Caesar is a reminder of how little has changed in the 400 years since the play was written – or indeed in the past 2000 years or so. We have a man whose ambition for power seems to stretch beyond what his colleagues find acceptable. We have the people ...

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