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Around the World in 80 Days – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Jules Verne (novel) Laura Eason (adaptation) Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Helen Tope The premise is simple: wealthy gentleman Phileas Fogg takes on a wager that will see him attempt to traverse the globe in 80 days. Leaving Victorian London with his loyal valet, Passepartout, they begin an extraordinary journey. It is a story so well known, but much of ...

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Benny Hill – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Play: Owen Thomas Director: Gareth John Bale Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Benny Hill has always been an enigma.  Comedian, writer and make no mistake, astute businessman, his was, like the Biblical Joseph, a coat of many colours. His show was looked forward to by millions all over the world, and went out on Saturday nights, first of all on BBC TV ...

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Hang – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Debbie Tucker Green Director: Izzy Rabey Reviewer: Beth Steer Set in a time close to now, and comprised of characters known only as One, Two and Three, Debbie Tucker Green’s Hang imagines a UK in which the death penalty remains legal. But there’s a twist: the victims get to choose how the perpetrator dies. The brilliantly dark concept is ...

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Missing Pieces (The Front Room) – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer:  Jenny Davis Director:  Anton Phillips Reviewer:  Julia Beasley This is no-frills theatre at its most economical, a play reading without a set and only minimal props.  As director Anton Phillips explains to the audience in his introduction, the props give just a gist of what the play is about, you have to fill in the blanks yourselves.  In fact, ...

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The Wedding Singer – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Director and Choreographer Nick Winston turns back time to 1985 in this musical adaptation of the hit Adam Sandler film, which had a modest run on Broadway in 2006. The nostalgia trip starts as soon as you walk in as classic film ...

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Sister Act – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Kris Hallett Sister Act is a staple of Sunday afternoon movie viewing, a film that when it is on requires you to put your feet up with a cuppa and watch. Along with Bond and Hocus Pocus (why has this still not been converted into a show ...

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A Little Night Music – Watermill Theatre, Berkshire

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: David Jobson Now in their 50th year, the Watermill Theatre returns to one of the finest musical composers of all time, Stephen Sondheim. Their production of Sweeney Todd went on to London and Broadway, with a cast that combined the roles of both actor and musician. Once again ...

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Funny Girl – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

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Writer: Isobel Lennart Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Choreographer: Lynne Page Reviewer: Bryony Luther It is just over 50 years since Funny Girl was first performed in London in 1966. The lead role of Fanny Bryce was famously originated by Barbara Streisand, arguably providing her big break. This anniversary production began life at the Menier Chocolate Factory before ...

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