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Forever Young – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Erik Gedeon. (Adapted by Giles Croft and Stefan Bednarczyk) Director: Giles Croft Musical Director: Stefan Bednarczyk Choreographer: Adele Parry Reviewer: Janet Jepson It’s almost ominous, rather reminiscent of a ghost story, as a slow, heavy thudding becomes audible … but it’s only old Mr Bednarczyk hobbling in leaning heavily on his Zimmer frame. One by one he’s joined onstage ...

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Dreaming in Code – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Choreographers: Tasmin Fitzgerald, Eddie Kay (for Frantic Assembly) Music: Alex Baranowski, Angus MacRae Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood 2Faced Dance Company is currently presenting their double bill, Dreaming In Code. The award winning all-male dance company is known for their innovative performances that tell stories which are relevant in today’s society. First of all, young artists from D M Academy, working in ...

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Edward Scissorhands – Alhambra, Bradford

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Music: Terry Davies Sets and Costumer: Lez Brotherston Reviewer: Rosie Revell Matthew Bourne’s revival of his 2005 all ballet version of Edward Scissorhands is a pleasant, magical surprise that evokes beautifully the 1990 Tim Burton’s movie of the same name. Burton’s suburban fairy tale tells the story of lonely Edward, whose creator dies before he ...

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Coppélia – Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham

Music: Léo Delibes Choreographers: Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti, Peter Wright Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer While not intended as a magical tale with fairy dust and wicked queens, the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Coppélia still evokes an enchanting atmosphere, drawing the audience into a charming, though not without its faults, Eastern European village and a story of love, dotty doll makers, and comical ...

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Macbeth – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Oliver Dimsdale Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Filter’s Macbeth is not one for the traditionalists. Making use of innovative lighting, experimental live music and a liberal rehashing of the original text, but still attempting to address conventional themes through recognisable characters, it is a play caught in limbo, aggressively modernised on the surface yet somehow recognisable underneath. And ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Milton Keynes Theatre

Adaptors: Robert Stigwood &Bill Oakes Music &Lyrics: The Bee Gees Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: Maggie Constable   Get that arm and the first finger ahoy and pointing ready to bust some moves, or at least watch them, for the iconic Saturday Night Fever is in town this week! When a certain John Travolta sashayed onto the dance floor in the ...

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Witness – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Carmel Winters Director: Carmel Winters Reviewer: Rachel Rafferty Dealing with controversial issues on stage can be risky, both because of their serious nature and the difficulty in depicting a taboo subject with sensitivity and clarity. Yet Witness, written and directed by the much-talented Carmel Winters, and loosely based on her award-winning and debut film Snap manages to do just ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Polina Kalinina Reviewer: Claire Hayes Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s most familiar and frequently performed plays, a youthfully idealistic tale of star-crossed lovers. What can often be overlooked, though, is the visceral brutality of the clashes between the younger male Montagues and Capulets, their raw and ceaseless goading of each other, even until death. ...

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