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Rock Of Ages – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Kristin Hanggi Reviewer: Naomi Stevens It is fair to say that Rock of Ages has landed in town with a bang. The show, a production set in LA in the (in their words) mid to late 1980’s when trousers were skin tight and hair was as big as possible, certainly isn’t lacking in the rock element. ...

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Love and Information – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Beth Shouler Producer: Faith Collingwood Reviewer: Marina Spark This Caryl Churchill script, tackled by Theatre Royal Plymouth's People's Company, converses with itself as to the identity, relevance and impact that information has on our lives. The script itself is written superbly, each short scene being discarded once it develops far enough for our attention to wander. The effect of ...

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Thriller Live – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Marina Spark A buzzing audience, talented cast and expensive set makes for a winning combination. The show, which is essentially a tribute to the music and dance of Michael Jackson, does not disappoint the many avid fans in the audience. The format of the show takes the audience on a journey through the successes that ...

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Private Peaceful – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Claire Hayes An unknown soldier of the First World War finds his voice as Private Thomas Peaceful in this adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which has been revived by Poonamallee Productions for the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities. Tommo, played by William Troughton, brings us face to face with ...

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Tonight’s the Night – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Rod Stewart Book: Ben Elton Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Naomi Stevens From the lively opening number set in a garage, Tonight's the Night starts with a bang. The audience are immediately introduced to the main characters and there is a wall of sound as the curtain goes up. The plot involves Stuart, a rather introverted and somewhat geeky ...

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The Kindness of Strangers – TR2, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Jack Lowe &Russell Woodhead Director: Jack Lowe Reviewer: Joan Phillips Intelligently written by Jack Lowe and Russell Woodhead of curious directive theatre company, The Kindness of Strangers offers an insight into the pressures on today’s NHS through the eyes of two paramedics. Newly qualified Lisa is partnered with old-hand Sylvia on her very last day in the job on ...

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War Horse – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Directors: Marianne Elliott &Tom Morris Reviewer: Chris Williams The National Theatre’s blockbuster stage version of Michael Morpugo’s novel gallops into Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre to rapturous, and emotional, audience approval. The plot is a simple one – simple is often the best, and to be fair much of the play’s success is down to ...

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World Cup Final 1966 – Bristol Old Vic

Writers: Carl Heap &Tom Morris Director: Tom Morris Reviewer: Joan Phillips There is neither a legend, myth nor hero untouched in World Cup Final 1966; a hilarious and affectionate reflection on the events leading up to, and including, England’s only World Cup victory. The jokes and mimicry are spot on and even the running time at 120 minutes is the ...

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