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Die Fledermaus – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

A Male and Female in Masquerade costumes laughing

Music: Johann Straus II Libretto: Carl Haffner & Richard Genée Director: John Copley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Fun and frolics in Die Fledermaus, one of the greatest of Viennese operettas. Last staged by Welsh National Opera six years ago, John Copley’s production keeps all the frills and frou-frou of the original first performed in Vienna in 1874. The plot, convoluted as ...

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Y Tŵr – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

A couple relaxing together

Librettist: Gwyneth Glyn Composer: Guto Puw Director: Michael McCarthy Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Y Tŵr (The Tower) is a new Welsh-language opera based on the Gwenlyn Parry play of the same name. In three acts, we explore the seasons of life - summer, autumn and winter - each represented by a room in the tower. In a surreal yet evocative metaphor, ...

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A Brimful of Asha – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol.

Asian man and woman

Writer: Ravi Jain and Asha Jain Director: Ravi Jain Reviewer: Joan Phillips Welcoming the audience as we enter the theatre space with open arms and delicious, warm samosas, Ravi Jain and Asha Jain immediately make us feel at home as they seat themselves around their family dining table. The son of successful, immigrant Indian parents, Ravi was born and raised ...

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How My Light Is Spent – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Silhouette of man wearing earmuffs

Writer: Alan Harris Director: Liz Stevenson Reviewer: Jacqui Onions How My Light Is Spent is a quirky take on what is essentially a story of everyday lives and loves. Jimmy (Rhodri Meilir) and Kitty (Alexandra Riley) first cross paths when he calls the sex line that she works for. From there, we follow the downturns in their lives and their impact ...

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I Am The Wind- Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Male hovering over a wet beach

Writer: Jon Fosse English Language Version: Simon Stephens Director: Charlotte Marigot Reviewer: Kris Hallett Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse’s I Am The Wind baffled some critics when first presented at the Young Vic in 2011. Viewing it some six years later it’s difficult to understand the reasons for this.  It is basically Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot set on a boat. ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Karen Bussell It’s oh so very silly but a perfect antidote to a miserable May evening. Mischief Theatre’s The Play that Goes Wrong is just that - a play within a play where chaos reigns as a stalwart am dram group is determined to reach the end of its ...

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Othello – The Lighthouse, Poole

Face on bright background

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor & Director: Charmaine K Parkin Reviewer: Sophie Huggins In this notorious tale of jealousy, race and revenge, SISATA Theatre promise the audience the merging of a Shakespeare classic with 1980s Hip Hop culture, in this “radical re-imagining” of the story. Acknowledging the audience as they come in, the cast of four tell the story of Othello, ...

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Medea – Bristol Old Vic

Four woman reaching towards a fifth at their centre

Writer: Euripides Translator: Robin Robertson Writer (Modern Story): Chino Odimba Director: George Mann Of the many interpretations of the classical Greek myth of Medea, only Euripides’ version has survived in full. A woman driven to extremes, delivering the ultimate act of vengeance on the man who betrayed her for another, and consequently demonised as an unnatural she-devil. George Mann, director ...

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