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Die Fledermaus – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Johann Strauss II Libretto: Carl Haffner & Richard Genee Director: John Copley Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Kris Hallett The ball is back in fashion and never went away. Or at least so it appears at Bristol Hippodrome where Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus is currently floating as light as meringue and as exquisite as syrup to be Welsh National ...

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From the House of the Dead – Bristol Hippodrome

Music & Libretto: Leoš Janáček (libretto from Dostoyevsky’s novel, English translation by David Pountney) Director: David Pountney Designer: Maria Bjornson Lighting: Chris Ellis Conductor: Tomáš Hanus Reviewer: Leah Tozer The curtain rises on an intricate, ramshackle construction of bricks, boards, and broken men cascading across a remarkable, multi-levelled recreation of a communal prison cell. We see in, through a literal ...

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Tiger Bay The Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music by: Daf James Book and lyrics: Michael Williams Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Beth Steer Set in Cardiff's Tiger Bay in the early 1900s, Tiger Bay The Musical is perhaps the most significant production by Wales Millennium Centre to date. Produced in association with Cape Town Opera, this raucous, roaring musical is one of revolution, conflict, and courage, at a time of the city's deepest unrest. ...

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Eugene Onegin – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Lyrics: Konstantin Shilovsky Reviewer: Julia Beasley As far as romantic heroes go, Eugene is a pretty sulky, selfish and vain chap. Dry as a twig and dressed like an undertaker, he is a young urbanite bored with society and himself.  The audience senses from the start that Eugene is short on empathy and it’s probably not ...

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Elf – The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin Music / Lyrics: Matthew Sklar / Chad Beguelin Reviewer: Helen Tope Elf - The Musical tells the story of Buddy, a larger-than-life elf working in Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. When Buddy accidentally learns of his true identity, he goes to New York to find his biological father. Not even bothering to change ...

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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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