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Fourteen Days – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Keaton Henson, Charlotte Harding and Armand Amar Choreography: Javier De Frutos, Ivan Perez, Christopher Wheeldon, Craig Revel Horwood and Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Emma Pritchard When it comes to ballet, the word you’d typically use to describe those involved is a troupe. But for the Balletboyz, the term band seems far more fitting. Why? Because here ...

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Up Down Man – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Brendan Murray Music: Kieran Buckeridge Artistic Director: Heather Williams Choreographer: Bryn Thomas Reviewer: Julia Beasley Like one in every 1,000 people, Matty Butler has Down’s Syndrome. He may look cute but he’s not a child, at 29 he’ll tell you himself that he’s a "big man".  As his sister explains, he’s 30 in all respects, he’s just not your ...

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Death and the Maiden – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Ariel Dorfman Director: Abdul Shayek Designer: Amy Jane Cook Reviewer: Emily Pearce Director Abdul Shayek’s  realisation of Ariel Dorfman’s Oliver award-winning play takes an already dark and rich subject matter to a new level in this brutal and intense revival. Death And The Maiden focuses on the story of Paulina Salas, a torture victim of a brutal military dictatorship. Although ...

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How to Win Against History – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Book, music and lyrics: Seiriol Davies   Reviewer: Julia Beasley Edwardian cross-dressing toff Henry Cyril Page certainly knew how to be outrageous. He was the 5th Marquis of Anglesey, one of the wealthiest men in the world. But he squandered the family fortune on sparkly frocks and ruby-encrusted slippers, turned the chapel into a theatre and put on plays – ...

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The Secret Keeper – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:  Angela Clerkin Directors: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J Skillbeck Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Secret Keeper is marketed is a political fairy tale for adults with a gothic heart, which all sounds very promising. But this is the first misleading disappointment in this bizarre play. The ‘secret keeper’ in this story is the daughter of the village doll’s house maker. She ...

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Under Milk Wood – The Watermill Theatre, Berkshire

Writer: Dylan Thomas Music: Olly Fox Director: Brendan O’Hea Reviewer: Emma Pritchard It was The Watermill’s first professional production when the theatre opened its doors back in 1967, so how fitting that Under Milk Wood should return to the venue to mark its 50th anniversary year. And, with a cast led by the talented and versatile performer Alistair McGowan, The ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer: David Bintley Music: Carl Davis Reviewer: Helen Tope Aladdin, with its magic Genie and flying carpet, may not seem the most obvious choice for a ballet. But in a brand new production, Birmingham Royal Ballet makes a compelling case as to why we should take this pantomime favourite much more seriously. The challenge Birmingham Royal Ballet has is in the reshaping of ...

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Spamalot – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Eric Idle Composer: John Du Prez and Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd  Reviewer: Marina Spark Selladoor Worldwide is currently on tour with its production of Monty Python's Spamalot and the show is the perfect antidote to those gloomy autumn evenings. This production captures the spirit and flavour of Monty Python, while cheekily updating the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail for ...

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