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The Tempest – St John on the Wall’s Crypt, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Adapted by: Hannah Drake, Justin Palmer, and Ellie Showering Director: Hannah Drake Designer: Sarah Warren Composer: Ellie Showering Lighting: Edmund McKay Reviewer: Leah Tozer ‘Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,’ a muddling, older man murmurs to us, collected in a crypt beneath a Medieval church in the centre of Bristol as cars and buses and ...

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The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Joel Horwood Director: Emma Rice Designer: Vicki Mortimer  Composer: Stephen Warbeck Choreographers: Etta Murfitt & Annie-Lunette Deakin-Foster Reviewer: Leah Tozer On a cold Christmas Eve, a little match girl lights her last matches for warmth; imagining a home full of love, she keeps hope and herself alive for a little while longer. There are little match girls – alone, homeless, hopeless – all over ...

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Miss Saigon – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Book & lyrics: Alain Boublil Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Additional Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jnr. & Michael Mahler Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as the ‘epic love story of our time’, Miss Saigon is an absolute smash hit. In Cameron Mackintosh’s new version of the Schonberg and Boublil classic, the dark history of America’s involvement in the Vietnam war is ...

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Hamlet (Glyndebourne) – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Neil Armfield Composer: Brett Dean Librettist: Matthew Jocelyn Reviewer: Helen Tope Hamlet seems tailor-made for opera. A story of loyalty and revenge, it has all the core components. To amplify Shakespeare’s play into the larger-than-life dynamics needed for opera, nerves of steel are required. Too little, and the opera falls flat. Too much, and you lose the subtlety of ...

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Reservoir Mogs – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Music: Ben Osborne Designer: Madeleine Girling Director: Adam Fuller and Matthew Whittle Choreographer: Laura Street Reviewer: Julia Beasley This is the purr-fect antidote to Xmas ennui – a darkly funny feminist caper from Wardrobe Theatre Company, the creators of Muppits Die Hard, Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears and Rocky: A Horror Show. Four cool cats revisit a failed diamond ...

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The Kite Runner – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Novel: Khaled Hosseini Stage adaptation: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Swati Arora A grand narrative about moving continents and inter-generational conflict comes alive in this visually stunning production of The Kite Runner. Amir, the narrator of his own tale, struggles to carry the burden of masculinity, as he tries in vain to make his Baba feel proud of him. ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: Rudolf Nureyev Conductor: Gavin Sutherland Artistic Director: Tamara Rojo Reviewer: Claire Hayes English National Ballet (ENB)’s Renaissance-set Romeo and Juliet revives the original choreography created by Rudolf Nureyev in 1997 for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. This new restaging under artistic director Tamara Rojo, first seen at the Royal Festival Hall in 2016, is a visual spectacle of intricate ...

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Private Lives – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Helen Tope It is a story we could finish for ourselves. Two sets of newlyweds meet whilst honeymooning in the French Riviera. Elyot Chase – married to Sibyl – is horrified when he discovers his previous wife, Amanda, and her new husband, rooming next door. Words are exchanged, looks; sparks fly. We think we know how this should end, but ...

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