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Lady Anna: All at Sea – Theatre Royal, Winchester

Writer: Craig Baxter (inspired by the work of Anthony Trollope) Director: Colin Blumenau Reviewer: Christy Ku Set in Victorian England, the story begins with a disputed will. Lady Anna and her cousin, Earl Frederick Lovell are both contesting to inherit Anna’s late father’s estate and a huge fortune. She must decide whether to marry her cousin and secure her title ...

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French Without Tears. Exeter Northcott, Exeter

Writer : Terence Rattigan Director : Paul Miller Reviewer : Joan Phillips Battle lines are drawn, the enemy identified, the fight begins. Terence Rattigan’s very funny French Without Tears is the clearest demonstration of the need to understand your enemy before going into afight. In this case, the target is not mastering the French language or ‘Johnny Foreigner’, on the ...

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Sister Act: The Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Alexandra Burke and Jon Robyns in Sister Act 2016 UK tour

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Chris Oldham Less than a year after starring as superstar Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, Alexandra Burke is back at the Bristol Hippodrome playing a very different kind of diva in Craig Revel Horwood's new production of Sister Act. Burke is Deloris Van ...

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The Merchant of Venice – Welsh National Opera, Wales Millennium Centre

From the play by: William Shakespeare Composer: André Tchaikovsky Librettist: John O’Brien Director: Keith Warner Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The long-awaited UK premiere of the operatic version of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice opens up again the question of whether or not the immortal words of the Bard are given added glory or not when set to a musical score. Welsh National ...

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The Rivals – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Chris Oldham Bristol Old Vic's 250th anniversary celebrations continue apace this month with big dresses, and even bigger wigs in a colourful, rollicking staging of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy of manners, The Rivals. Set in Bath in the 18th Century when it was written, it revolves around two central relationships – the ...

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz -Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer : Le Navet Bete collaboration Director : Mark Laville Reviewer : Joan Phillips Le Navet Bete returns to Bristol’s Tobacco Factory after last year’s successful Dick Tracy. Drawing on its clowning roots, this hugely talented company have produced some great comic shows and the levels of excited anticipation in the audience are high as we're lead to our seats ...

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Spine – The Drum, Plymouth

Writer: Clara Brennan Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Karen Bussell Clara Brennan’s engaging script gives a listenable voice to a one-man polemic on the effect of austerity on the populace and Government discarding community to make a quick quid. At Plymouth’s The Drum until Saturday, Soho Theatre and Francesca Moody present Spine - a fast, feisty political treatise wrapped in blunt ...

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Wonderman -The Tramshed, Cardiff

Writers: Daf James, Hannah McPake, Lucy Rivers Director: Amy Leach Reviewer: Beth Steer Taking place in Cardiff's quirky Tramshed venue - with an oddly pleasing warehouse-vs-Cabaret-club vibe - Wonderman is a sizzling, surreal tribute to Roald Dahl's short stories for adults, opening on the world-renowned author's centenary. Narrating the story of an injured World War Two airman, Wonderman jumps between ...

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