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Four Thieves’ Vinegar – Baron’s Court Theatre, London

Writer: Christine Foster Director: Adam Bambrough Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Science and superstition have long been seen as opposite ends of the spectrum and, since the Enlightenment, belief in the tried and tested certainties of science have largely won out. But not entirely as centuries-old superstitions still exist largely because human nature doesn’t change – the fear of death in particular ...

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Funny Girl – Bristol Hippodrome

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Director: Michael Mayer Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Reviewer: Chris Oldham Not long after completing its engagement at London's Savoy Theatre, Funny Girl arrives at the Bristol Hippodrome this week. And with Sheridan Smith at the top of bill, expectation couldn't be higher. Fanny Brice (Smith) is a young Jewish girl growing ...

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(F.E.A.R) – The Riverfront, Newport

Writer: Gareth Clark Director: Agneiszka Blonska Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Fear immediately confronts the audience, spelt out in large red letters and placed in the spotlight. All the while, a man in a crocodile mask sits in the shadows - quietly unsettling. This unusual and ever so slightly uncomfortable greeting as you take your seats is the perfect introduction to things ...

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Letters To Windsor House – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Devisors and Directors: Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit Reviewer: Kris Hallett Bristol has just, this previous Sunday, been named the best city to live in the UK once again, this time in a feature by the Sunday Times and the backlash has already started. Some have opined that there is an agenda in place to send the hip and cultured ...

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If These Spasms Could Speak – Home, Manchester

Writer and performer: Robert Softley Reviewer: Richard Hall Robert Softly is one of the many ground-breaking disabled artists that have been invited to perform at this year’s impressive Sick! Festival. In this engaging and warm-hearted show, Robert, recounts with candour and humour a collection of funny, sad and touching stories about his and other people’s disability. Robert was born with ...

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The Eurydice Project – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Joanna Crawley Director: Lee Wilson Composer: Jane Deasy Choreographer: Monika Bieniek Reviewer: Laura Marriott Project Arts Centre is hosting a radical retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth: The Eurydice Project. This time the story is told from Eurydice’s perspective. In the original myth she was an oak nymph, a child of Apollo, who wed the adoring musician Orpheus. ...

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Cirque Berserk! – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Cirque Berserk! starts with the announcement you never expect to hear in a theatre - keep your phones on, take photos and video, and tweet to your heart’s content. And you will definitely want to (especially when the robot walks out). The show is a healthy mix of traditional circus fare, like clowning ...

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Anita and Me – The Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: Meera Syal, adapted by Tanika Gupta Music: Tarek Merchant Director: Roxana Silbert Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Sue Collier On entering the Alhambra prior to this evening’s performance of Anita and Me, we were greeted by a delightful demonstration of energetic Bhangra dancing in the foyer. Meera Syal’s 1997 semi-autobiographical debut novel is set in Tollington, a fictional 1970s Black ...

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