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Around the World in 80 Days – The New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Jules Verne Adapter: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Beth Steer In a clever adaptation by Laura Eason, Around the World in 80 Days tracks Phileas Fogg (Andrew Pollard), perhaps the world’s most famous fictional explorer, as he stakes his life’s fortune on a bet that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. The mysteriously wealthy Fogg and his ...

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Douglas McGrath Music / Lyrics: Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Helen Tope Tapestry is no ordinary record. A chronicle of heartbreak and hope, even forty years after its release in 1971, it continues to speak to men and women about the nature of love. Carole King’s remarkable album is just part of ...

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The River – Loco Klub, Bristol

Writer: Jez Butterworth. Music: Yuan Hu Director: Matt Holmquist Designer: April Dalton Reviewer: Julia Beasley Dark, cavernous and a bit spooky, the old ash pits of Bristol’s Temple Meads railway station make a hauntingly lovely setting for The River.  No doubt about it, this is one of the city’s most atmospheric theatrical venues.  Wear warm clothing – and be prepared ...

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The Caretaker – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Christopher Haydon Designer: Oliver Townsend Reviewer: Leah Tozer Harold Pinter's inspiration for his tragicomic play The Caretaker was seeing two men in the same room, acting separately and in isolation, 'a moment frozen in time'. Director Christopher Haydon and designer Oliver Townsend's set for Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate, Northampton's production, on display as the audience ...

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Heather – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Joan Phillips It isn’t long before the turning point in Thomas Eccleshare’s short play hits you like an electric shock. In only 50 minutes Heather has us sitting on the edge of our seats as Eccleshare’s play points out the fragility of the assumptions any of us might make about the people we come across ...

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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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