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WNO: La Bohème – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Director: Annabel Arden Revival director: Caroline Chaney Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer:  Barbara Michaels Welsh National Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème was last staged at the Wales Millennium Centre back in 2012.  One of the most frequently performed of all operas, La Bohème was described by Luciano Pavarotti as “The perfect ...

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Feeding the Darkness – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writers: Journeymen Theatre Directed &Performed by: Lynn Morris and Dave Morris Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller It might be uncomfortable viewing, to spend an hour delving into the theme of state-sanctioned torture, but our discomfort is partly under scrutiny in this sensitive performance by Journeymen Theatre.  When we look away, allowing apathy and ignorance to cloud our view of the world, ...

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A Regular Little Houdini – Chapter, Cardiff

Writer: Daniel Llewelyn-Williams Director: Joshua Richards Reviewer: Jacqui Onions A Regular Little Houdini brings together magic and history in an engaging one-man show. This well-crafted play transports the audience to Newport, South Wales, in the early 1900s. It links together historical moments including Harry Houdini’s visits to Newport’s Lyceum Theatre and the building of city’s landmark transporter bridge, all told ...

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The Nutcracker – Theatre Royal Bath

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Vadim Perevoznikov Director: Marina Medvetskaya Reviewer: Claire Hayes The wrapping may be a little old fashioned, but Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker still offers a selection box of colourful treats for all ages. This piece is performed in repertoire with Swan Lake - seen at the Theatre Royal earlier in the week ...

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Zips – Bike Shed Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Simon Marshall Director: Alice Wordsworth &Erin Blackmore Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Part of The Bike Shed Theatres’ From Devon With Love season of local offerings comes Zips, the story of Dan and his life in the sleepy sea side town of Teignmouth.A work in progress performance by A&E Productions, the cast and crew of Zips had just 2 weeks to ...

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Pink Mist  – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Owen Sheers Director: John Retallack and George Mann Reviewer: Tim Wright ‘Three of us did, what boys always have and left their homes for war". This is the story of Taff, Arthur and Hads who left their homes in Bristol to fight in Afghanistan. Originally written for radio it now pulsates with a mix of physical theatre, dance and ...

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The Moot Virginity of Catherine of Aragon – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer &Director: Conor Mitchell Reviewer: Beth Steer With one passionate actress, a room full of soft furnishings and a finale involving a real deceased pig's head, The Moot Virginity of Catherine of Aragon is definitely different. Based on the turbulent life and death of Henry VIII's first bride, the piece is a 50-minute-long monologue, underscored by crashing and haunting live ...

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