Home / South West (page 5)

South West

Tango Moderno – New Theatre, Cardiff

Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Director: Karen Bruce Choreography: Karen Bruce with Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Sultry and sexy, exotic as a hot summer evening in Buenos Aires – Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone bring the exciting beat of the Argentine Tango to the stage of Cardiff’s New Theatre this week in Tango Moderno.  Ever since ...

Read More »

Winter Solstice – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roland Schimmerlpfennig Translator: David Tushingham Director: Alice Malin Reviewer: Kelyn Luther It’s Christmas Eve; all is not calm and the night is far from silent. Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play is a well-constructed comedy in the vein of Alan Ayckbourn and it’s easy to see why Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany. The farce and domestic squabble translate well ...

Read More »

Sunset Boulevard – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Nikolai Foster Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book / Lyrics: Don Black / Christopher Hampton Reviewer: Helen Tope Evocative and darkly glamorous, Sunset Boulevard is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most unlikely hit. A fading beauty, hanging onto former glories; infatuation that sours into obsession and deceit. Sunset Boulevard is a musical set in a minor key, and every black note is ...

Read More »

Richard III Redux OR Sara Beer (is/not) Richard III – Chapter, Cardiff

Director: Phillip Zarrilli Playwright: Kate O’Reilly Reviewer: Emily Pearce Sara Beer’s personality and incredulity at an unknowingly ignorant society shines through in this warm, but unpolished one-woman show. Shakespeare’s Richard III that was so famously portrayed by Oliver, McKellen and many others, gets a different kind of treatment by the articulate Sara Beer. Part biographical work, part analysis of a seemingly ...

Read More »

The Cherry Orchard – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Anton Chekhov Designer: Tom Piper Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Julia Beasley What do you do when you’re broke? This is the question facing Luba, whose family estate (with its vast cherry orchard) is deep in debt and about to be auctioned off to a developer. Unfortunately for the cherry orchard, Luba is a member of the liberal elite fallen ...

Read More »

Hairspray – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Music/ Lyrics: Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Since its release in 2003, Hairspray the Musical has toured extensively, both in the UK and in the US. Set in 1962’s Baltimore, racial segregation is rife, but Tracy Turnblad can’t understand why integration is so detested. It’s the sixties after ...

Read More »

Clockwork Canaries -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Christopher William Hill Director: Luke Kernaghan Reviewer: Joan Phillips Billed as a bloodthirsty comedy, Clockwork Canaries struggles to completely get its act together until the final 30 minutes of the play, by which time one could argue is simply too late. Maximilian Dressler (Dominic Marsh) is a desperate inventor who lives with his daughter, Tatiana. From the outset things ...

Read More »

Sunset Boulevard – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book and Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Billy Wilder’s 1950s film, set in the late 1940s/1950s about an ageing movie star whose career has faded along with her looks, is the basis for Sunset Boulevard the musical.  Norma Desmond (Ria Jones) is living in the past, desperately pretending to ...

Read More »