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The Graduate, New Theatre – Cardiff

Writer: Charles Webb Stage Adaptation: Terry Johnson Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The sexual mores of the Sixties are the background for The Graduate.  Laughable as they may seem in some respects to the youth of today, seen against the sexual culture of the time they have their place in social history.  Despite this, it is almost impossible to ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Bristol Hippodrome

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Claire Hayes If it’s light-hearted escapist entertainment you’re after then the jazz age Thoroughly Modern Millie, with Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton asserting her musical theatre credentials in the title role, could just fit the bill. Be warned though, around the edges, ...

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The Railway Children – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Adaptation: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Edith Nesbit’s classic children's tale is brought to life in this new and mostly successful, adaptation. Following the disappearance of their father in mysterious circumstances and with their mother not able to provide for the family, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are forced to leave their comfortable lives in London, heading north ...

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Infinity Pool and Eurohouse – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writers and Performers: Bea Roberts (Infinity Pool) Nasi Voustas and Bertrand Lesca (Eurohouse) Reviewer: Kris Hallett A spirit of collaboration is currently occurring in Bristol where two of Bristol Ferments - an incubator for new work supported by Bristol Old Vic - recent success stories are playing at Tobacco Factory Theatres. In an era where a proliferation of hour long ...

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Boris the Musical – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Laurence Peacock Composer: Hollie Morrell Director: Kyle Williams Musical Director: Dominic Lo Reviewer: Ron Simpson Blowfish Theatre is in a race against time: can the company finish the current tour before Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister? Equally will the scheduled Trump the Musical be beaten to the finishing line by his impeachment? Such is the lot of the makers ...

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Julius Caesar – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Claire Hayes With controversy over Trump-as-Caesar raging in New York, the latest collaboration between Bristol Old Vic and its theatre school seems set on a similar theme. As an examination of a society in the process of destroying itself, their contemporary production of Julius Caesar feels at least as relevant to the political ...

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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – The Hippodrome, Bristol

Writer: Mark Haddon Adaptor: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva To adapt Mark Haddon’s best-selling and award-winning book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is no small feat, but Simon Stephens is more than up to the task. It’s a story about a teenage boy with behavioural problems named Christopher Boone, who after finding the ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roald Dahl (adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft) Music: Arthur Darvill Lyrics: Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft, Al Muriel Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Helen Tope Dead birds and boozy farmers; Fantastic Mr Fox starts off with a bang. Stuffed full of cruelty and avarice, this production bears all the hallmarks of Roald Dahl’s novel. Adapted by Sam ...

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