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Welcome to Thebes – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Moria Buffini Director: Lucy Pitman-Wallace Reviewer: Julia Beasley Thebes is a city in central Greece that once played an important role in the ancient world. The home of many myths and legends, the ancient city rivalled Athens, sided in battle with the Spartans, and was finally destroyed by Alexander the Great around 2,500 years ago. You don’t have to ...

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Keepy Uppy – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Evan Pacey Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Kate Bunce Composer: Dom Sales Movement: Joel Daniels Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leeds-based, but with strong links to York Theatre Royal, tutti frutti and director Wendy Harris have a sure touch with plays aimed at children from the age of three upwards. Coming now towards the end of a longish tour taking in closed ...

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The Crucible – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Geraldine Alexander Reviewer: Taylor Simmons  The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s 1953 play set in Salem Massachusetts, tells the story of the 1692 Salem Witch trials.  Embedded in its original 17th-century setting, the realities of Puritan society are realised in Storyhouse's latest production and, with it, the atmosphere of a claustrophobic paranoid fractured community. Geraldine Alexander’s vision is ...

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Jersey Boys – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writers: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Musical Director: Ron Melrose Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Jim Gillespie The band may have come from the wrong side of the tracks, but musically, the tracks created by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons could scarcely have been righter. 16 US top 40 hits between 1962-64, countless cover versions since then, 175 million records ...

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The Big I Am – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: Robert Farquhar Director: Nick Bagnall It would fair to say we have all encountered someone like Peer Gynt at some point in our life: bold, brash, cocky, a charmer, and chancer, who can equally talk is way out of a scrape as he could adeptly talk himself into one. He is the sort of person you ...

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David Walliams’ Awful Auntie – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor/Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Sam Lowe David Walliams has become an established writer of children's literature; he has written 14 books. Global sales of his books exceed over 20 million copies. Prior to this performance, Walliams' book Gangsta Granny was adapted for the stage by Birmingham Stage Company. Now it's time for Awful Auntie to be theatricalised. ...

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Whisky Galore – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Philip Goulding from the book by Compton MacKenzie Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The programme notes for Whisky Galore tell us about a troupe of strolling players, The Osiris Players, which was an all-female theatre group touring adaptations of the classics to schools and other community spaces. Formed in the mid-1920s, the women-only rule might have been caused ...

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Great Expectations – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Adapter: Ken Bentley Director: Sophie Boyce Couzens Designer: James Turner Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts After their success with Travels with my Aunt and Our Man in Havana, Tilted Wig Productions and Malvern Theatres Present return with Charles Dickens’ much-loved classic, Great Expectations. The last stop on their five-month tour, Ken Bentley’s adaptation is at Exeter Northcott for five days. Adapting Dickens’ ...

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