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Fantastic Mr Fox – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roald Dahl (adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft) Music: Arthur Darvill Lyrics: Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft, Al Muriel Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Helen Tope Dead birds and boozy farmers; Fantastic Mr Fox starts off with a bang. Stuffed full of cruelty and avarice, this production bears all the hallmarks of Roald Dahl’s novel. Adapted by Sam ...

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While We’re Here – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes A typical suburban living room in Havant plays host to Barney Norris’s latest excursion into the lives of the lonely and unfulfilled. Carol and Eddie were lovers many years ago and meeting up again, seemingly by chance, she takes him in; no small gesture for Carol, whose existence has become contained. ...

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The Woman in Black – New Theatre, Cardiff

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre.

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor:  Stephen Mallatratt Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Beth Steer First performed in 1989, and enjoying a notoriously spooky, almost continuous theatre run during the 27 years since - Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black (adapted by Stephen Mallatratt) has come to Cardiff's New Theatre once more. Like the lingering curse of the Woman in Black herself, it's a production ...

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Dylan Thomas: Return Journey – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Bob Kingdom Director: Anthony Hopkins Reviewer G.D.Mills In Bob Kingdom’s one man show Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, the spirit of that hard-drinking, hard-line poet seems to have floated back to haunt us. Originally directed by Anthony Hopkins, this critically acclaimed production, performed on and off for over twenty years now, returns to Bristol after sell-out seasons Off-Broadway and in ...

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The Mikado – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Three Men Laughing

Writers and composers : Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Marina Spark All male casts are often used to bring a fresh approach to classics and generally find success at least owing in part to the novelty of a drag act. Sasha Regan's all-male The Mikado or The Town Of Titipu exceeds these normal successes and delivers Gilbert and ...

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Grease – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Book, Music, and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Laura Hesketh Grease is the word as the touring revival of the smash-hit musical comes rockin' and rollin' to Bristol Hippodrome. Complete with hand jives, quiffs and swing skirts this new production, while underwhelming at times, is the perfect opportunity to take a nostalgic trip down memory ...

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Sirens – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writers: Karolien De Bleser, Charlotte De Bruyne, Aurélie Lannoy, Marjan De Schutter, Anemone Valcke, Verona Verbakel Director: Alexander Devriendt Reviewer: G.D. Mills In Sirens the all-female Belgian company Ontroerend Goed adopt a concert-style approach to launch a sustained attack on the inequality between the sexes. Unflinching and occasionally funny, there is nevertheless a nagging sense that this performance treads a well-worn ...

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Golem – Bristol Old Vic

Creators: 1927 Writer/Director: Suzanne Andrade Reviewer  G.D.Mills Golem takes us into the weird and wonderful world of an ‘extraordinary ordinary man’ who inhabits a warped and broken universe. Against an animated backdrop, at once cartoonish and nightmarish, five performers take us on a twisted journey into a world controlled, albeit subtly at first, by a disembodied consciousness hell bent on ...

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