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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Moving Stateside – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographers: George Balanchine, Jessica Lang, Twyla Tharp Reviewer: Mike Carroll The 43 minutes of high-octane action that makes up In the Upper Room, the third of this triple bill from Birmingham Royal Ballet, is worth the ticket price in itself. This is ballet on steroids, where dancers performing in small troupes dart on and off stage, mystically appearing and disappearing ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Writer: Ed Curtis Director and Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Kris Hallett There’s a reason why composers of musicals sweat so much over theeleven o’clocknumber. Send an audience home happy and the battle has almost been won. Whatever has come before gets a different glow depending on these final moments.Dance ‘Til Dawn’s finale is an Argentine Tango of such thrilling virtuosity ...

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Man to Man – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Manfred Karge Adaptor: Alexandra Wood Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: Denis Lennon The production team at Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) are right on time with their new in-house production of Man to Man. In our time, where femininity is no longer reserved for the female and with blurred lines around what it is to be a man, the notion of ...

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The History Boys – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Glen Pearce It may be set in the 1980s but there is a timeless quality to Alan Bennett’s The History Boys that ensures it resonates with all ages. The landscape may have changed but the themes and topics brought so vividly to life in Bennett’s witty and observant wordplay remains as fresh as ...

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Dirty Dancing – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Choreographer: Kate Champion Director: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Megan Pearce Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage is one of the most energetic musicals on the scene at the moment. The nostalgic numbers will undoubtedly make you want to pirouette home and dust off those dancing shoes! Within the first ten minutes every cast member has been ...

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The Harvest – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Writer: Pavel Pryazhko Translated by: Sasha Dugdale Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Claire Hayes Ustinov Studio regulars have become accustomed to taking their comedy black, following an autumn 2014 season which culminated with Eugène Ionesco’s Exit the King. But The Harvest, the first production of the Ustinov’s spring 2015 World Theatre season and a UK premiere for Belarusian writer Pavel Pryazhko, ...

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Fat Man – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Written by: Martin Bonger Directed by: Alex Swift Reviewer: Joan Phillips Meet Orpheus the greatest musician that ever lived. But that was before the tragic loss of his wife, Eurydice. The pain and regret of losing his great love has turned Orpheus from a man whose gift could divert the course of rivers, move rocks and charm birds into a ...

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King Lear – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jackson Lawrence The Northern Broadsides theatre company prides itself on retelling classics with a northern voice. The actors speak in their own accents and King Lear is delivered with the same rustic, rugged charm of the north. The show is blunt, honest, simple. However, in a play that is centuries old, which has ...

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