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Napoleon Disrobed – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Told By An Idiot based on a novel by Simon Leys Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Joan Phillips Napoleon Disrobed imagines the possibility that Napoleon escapes from St Helena and attempts to return to his supporters in France in order to reclaim the Emperor’s throne. Based on the book The Death of Napoleon by Simon Leys this foray into the ...

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Really Want to Hurt Me – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer & Director: Ben SantaMaria Performer: Ryan Price Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Written and directed by Ben SantaMaria, this is the premiere of the full-length version of Really Want to Hurt Me, with an earlier scratch version longlisted for the national Heretic Voices monologue prize at the Arcola Theatre. Performed by Ryan Price, the show follows a young man as he ...

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Son of a Preacher Man – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

A woman leans over a man bent backwards over a table

Writer: Warner Brown Director & Choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Like many musicals, Son of a Preacher Man is a story about love. The plot follows Alison (Michelle Long), Kat (Alice Barlow) and Paul (Michael Howe) as they search for answers surrounding their unrequited loves. Although the three characters are from three different generations, the unlikely trio joins forces to ...

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The Wedding – Bristol Old Vic

black and white image of five people at work

Creator: Amit Lahav and the company Associate Director: Rich Rusk Original Music: Dave Price Reviewer: Hugh McCann The Wedding begins with a handful of characters being ejected from the end of a tubular slide into an enormous pile of teddy bears. The characters are met by a midwife-like figure who dresses them for marriage and leads them on to join ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music / Lyrics: Marc Shaiman / Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Helen Tope Hairspray is a musical that moves to its own beat. Born rebellious, the musical derived from John Waters’ 1988 film, is a tale of inequality, difference and why we should care. In 2018, against a background of ...

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Punk Rock – Lantern Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Lisa Gregan Reviewer: Julia Beasley A group of sixth formers hangs out in the library of a private school. They’re facing mock A-level exams and feeling under pressure to perform.  Personality cracks soon begin to develop. Ultimately the weakest link will break, with devastating and gory consequences. This dramatic piece by the Bristol Old Vic Young ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Bristol Hippodrome

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Holly Spanner Even though the original Broadway production scooped seven of the 11 nominated Tony Awards, Sunset Boulevard somehow always seems underrated, overshadowed by other musicals. Given the scale and grandeur of this musical, it is fully deserving of attention in its own right. ...

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