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The Last Ship – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music and Lyrics: Sting Book: Lorne Campbell Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: James Garrington New musicals as striking as The Last Ship don’t come along very often. Strictly speaking, this is not a new musical, though – it premiered in 2014 in Chicago before transferring to Broadway for a brief run. Since then it has been reworked, and it’s this new version ...

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Art – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Yazmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Music: Gary Yershon Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Janet Jepson Art always gives the appearance of being a quintessentially middle-class English drama, performed by traditional middle-aged actors on a contemporary set. However, it is somewhat surprising to learn that the work was originally written in French by Yasmina Reza, a Russian/Iranian/Hungarian/Jewish playwright from Paris. Translator ...

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La Forza del Destino – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: David Pountney Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Set designer: Raymond Bauer Reviewer: Julia Beasley The force of destiny is not in Leonora’s favour. Against her father’s wishes, she plans to elope with a freedom fighter. It all goes wrong when he accidentally kills her dad. Her brother vows to avenge his father’s death. Leonora runs away and becomes a hermit. The ...

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Instructions For Correct Assembly – Royal Court Theatre, London

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Hamish Pirie Reviewer: Stephen Bates What we want for our children is rarely what they want for themselves, but would it result in what we really want either? Thomas Eccleshare poses the question in this new absurdist satire that scythes through the jungle of modern parenting and gives a glimpse into what genetic engineering could be ...

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TORO: Beauty & the Bull – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Choreographer: Carlos Pons Guerra Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood For one evening at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, DeNada Dance Theatre presented Carlos Pons Guerra’s TORO: Beauty & the Bull. The intriguing dance production is dark and has a contemporary retake on the popular fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. Act one opens with The Girl (Emma Walker) who works as a ...

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Debris – Smock Alley, Dublin

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Cathal Cleary Reviewer: Laura Marriott   It is very unusual that one sees a theatre production that is truly unique, however Reality Check’s opening night of Debris, at Smock Alley Theatre, really was a one-of-a-kind night of entertainment. Debris has a powerful opening. Shane O’Regan, playing the sixteen year old Michael, takes to the stage and ...

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Don Giovanni – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: Caroline Chaney Designer:  John Napier Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Julia Beasley Sexual harassment allegations are not a modern phenomenon, as Mozart’s big-beast opera shows. The antics of the sex-addicted Don are an abuse of power: the women need to be heard and justice needs to be done.  The drama lies in how and when this will happen. Since its ...

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This Restless State – Phoenix, Exeter

Writer: Danielle Pearson Music: Ella Wahlstrom Director: Jemima James Reviewer: Georgie Bird This Restless State is performed by Jesse Fox and written by Danielle Pearson. Fox is a likeable and relatable guy, and takes the stage while Hanson is playing from a tape recorder. He briefly talks about how the 90’s were a time of optimism and then delves into ...

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