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Brief Encounter – Empire Cinema Haymarket, London

Writer: Noël Coward Adaptor/Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Noël Coward’s 1938 film Brief Encounter, as directed by David Lean, is often rightly cited amongst the most romantic films of all time. An expanded version of Coward’s short stage play Still Life, the story of Laura and Alec, two genteel, starched people relaxing while in each other’s company and out ...

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Oscar Winners: Music from the Academy Awards – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Gabriele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Although the Academy Awards were first awarded in 1929, the first award for a movie score wasn’t made until 1935. In 1938, the first score celebrated in this concert – that for The Adventures of Robin Hood scored by Erich Wolfgang Korngold – won. Today, therefore, we celebrate 75 years of Best Musical Scores ...

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Yvette – Southbank Centre, London

Writer: Urielle Klein-Mekongo Director: Gbolahan Obiesan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A few days after International Women’s Day, the Women of the World Festival celebrates the strong and talented contribution of women around the world. One such women is Urielle Klein-Mekongo, performing her semi-autobiographical show Yvette which she began as part of her training East 15 Acting School. Now embarking on a ...

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Candoco: Face In/Let’s Talk About Dis – Sadler’s Wells, London

Directors and Choreographers: Yasmeen Godder (Face In), Hetain Patel (Let’s Talk About Dis) Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Candoco’s new double bill pairs a new piece – Yasmeen Godder’s Face In, which the company premiered last autumn – with Hetain Patel’s 2014 work Let’s Talk About Dis. Together, they form a powerful statement about the direction of the company of disabled and ...

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The Great Gatsby – Dolphin Hotel, Mold

Writer: F Scott Fitzgerald Adaptor/Director: Alexander Wright Reviewer: Emma Boswell F Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, The Great Gatsby, has been transformed into a fully immersive theatre production, thanks to a joint venture between Theatre Clywd and Guide of Misrule. From the moment audience members arrive at Mold’s disused Dolphin Hotel, greeted by bouncers with an American drawl and asked for ...

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Opera North: Un Ballo In Maschera – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Jo Beggs Having been distracted by the war, Gustavo, King of Sweden, returns home desperate to see the love of his life. Trouble is, the woman in question, Amelia, is his best friend’s wife. So begins the simple but powerful tale of a love triangle that is never going to ...

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Richard III Redux OR Sara Beer (is/not) Richard III – Chapter, Cardiff

Director: Phillip Zarrilli Playwright: Kate O’Reilly Reviewer: Emily Pearce Sara Beer’s personality and incredulity at an unknowingly ignorant society shines through in this warm, but unpolished one-woman show. Shakespeare’s Richard III that was so famously portrayed by Oliver, McKellen and many others, gets a different kind of treatment by the articulate Sara Beer. Part biographical work, part analysis of a seemingly ...

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