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A Number – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Caryl Churchill Director: Ed Madden Designer: Carl Davies  Lighting: Joe Fletcher Sound Design/Composer: Tic Ashfield  Reviewer: Leah Tozer Caryl Churchill’s play about cloning is more pertinent, more perceptive, and more powerful than ever, and it has little to do with the technical practicalities of cloning now, almost twenty years after its premiere. Actually, A Number never had much to do with cloning at all, but connection: of ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Alastair Whatley Writer: Oscar Wilde Reviewer: Helen Tope There are few writers who can boast such a reputation as Oscar Wilde. His death in 1900, after a spectacular fall from grace, is a story so compelling it almost eclipses his impressive list of credits – almost. An Ideal Husband, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Importance of Being Earnest takes top ...

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Fat Friends – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer and Director: Kay Mellor Composer: Nick Lloyd Webber Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Loosely based on the tv show of the same name which ran from 2000 to 2005, Fat Friends has a clear target audience in the middle-aged women attending at Sheffield's opening night, and if the knowing laughs and whispered comments are anything to judge by, many of whom ...

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Tosca – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Michael Blakemore Revival Director: Benjamin Davis Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Reviewer: Emily Pearce As one of the genre’s most empathetic composers, Puccini’s Tosca has everything one might want and from high opera and melodrama. An opera about an opera singer trying to defend her politically doomed lover as the state rebels; Tosca is a story steeped in betrayal, murder and ...

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Syd & Sylvia – The Bikeshed, Exeter

Writer: Claudia Jefferies Reviewer: Gareth Roberts Claudia Jeffries' one-woman show Syd & Sylvia attempts to utilise the sleazy and misogynistic world of an ‘eighties working men's club as an entry point from which to explore broader themes of sexism. Performed with extraordinary timing and conviction and a style that is in equal parts brooding, manic and sinister, Jeffries’ brings to ...

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Phoenix Dance Theatre Windrush (Movement of the people) – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Music: Various artists Directors: Sharon Watson, Aletta Collins, Christopher Bruce CBE Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Phoenix Dance Theatre opens this season with a mixed programme and features the world premiere of Windrush: Movement of the People.  This season is special as the company takes the opportunity to recognise the multicultural society of this country and also celebrate black British culture. The ...

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We Are the Lions, Mr Manager – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Designer: Carl Davies Reviewer: Ron Simpson Townsend Theatre Productions are a rare and wonderful thing, taking self-written, committed and consistently entertaining plays on left-wing subjects, mostly union-related, on the road for mammoth tours. If the tours are mammoth in terms of duration, the production is always small-scale in terms of the impedimenta of theatre ...

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Hamlet – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Just as many of Hamlet’s lines have now become clichéd, the look of a Hamlet production has also become somewhat clichéd; drably set in a vaguely futuristic police state. However, this vivid RSC production blows the cobwebs off. Hamlet’s youth is emphasised during the opening scene as we watch a glimpse ...

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