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Othello – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Richard Twyman Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory open their performance of William Shakespeare's iconic tale of envy with a stark and empty set, its barren floors and deceptively cavernous depth laying the scene for an Othello every bit as sharp – and as tragically hollow at its core. The heart of Shakespeare's tragedy ...

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Before the Party – Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury

Man and woman sitting on bed

Writer: W. Somerset Maugham Adaptor: Rodney Ackland Director: Ryan McBryde ReviewerL David Jobson Written in 1949, Rodney Ackland’s Before the Party turns Somerset Maugham’s 1922 short story into a biting satire on changing views to the class system following the war. With plenty of zest, this latest revival directed by Ryan McBryde is a delectable production. It is a lovely summer ...

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Iceland – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Dollar bill splashed with blood

Writer: Nicolas Billon Director: Geoffrey Brumlik Reviewer: Kris Hallett The Directors' Cuts season presented each May by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, is a terrific way for audiences to catch up on and discover the world of new writing. Iceland, a terrific piece by Canadian Nicolas Billon, given its UK première here by director and fellow countryman Geoffrey Brumlik, is a great discovery. Iceland ...

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Wonderland – Bristol Hippodrome

Steven Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd & Jack Murphy Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Jack Murphy Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Chris Oldham With stage adaptations of fairy tales featuring heavily in the landscape of musical theatre, it's perhaps surprising that a show based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has, for the most part, yet to make an impact. Director Lotte Wakeham, and musician ...

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Best of BE Festival – Circomedia, Bristol

Two men with fluorescent strip lights

Companies: Oliver Zahn, Sotterraneo & Compagnie Philippe Saire Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller Three groundbreaking performance companies. One night. Best of BE Festival takes three radically different performances from companies across Europe and leaves us open-mouthed. Drawing across dance, performance, physical theatre and live art, the genre-bending selection of pieces presents an exciting picture of European theatre arts today. We begin ...

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At The End We Begin – Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Man and woman movement on blue background

Music: Samuel Hall Choreographer: Richard Chappell Reviewer: Karen Bussell Inspired by T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, Rambert and Royal Ballet-trained and internationally acclaimed Richard Chappell has created a four-part, four-handed moody and dynamic dance. Based in Devon and London, Richard Chappell Dance is a five-year-old project-based collaborative company which aims to challenge the boundaries between classic ballet and contemporary dance. ...

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Sex With A Stranger – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Man and woman sitting on a sofa

Writer: Stefan Golaszewski Director: Alexandra Moxon Reviewer: Kris Hallett Relationships eh? They start with a drunk snog and fumble in the park, moving on to dinners at a local Italian discussing Sloppy Giuseppes, Gotye’s Someone That I Used to Know on the airwaves, making tentative discoveries about what you have in common and, before you know it, Mad Men box ...

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La Strada – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Director: Sally Cookson Music: Benji Bower Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Based on the 1954 film of the same name, Sally Cookson’s La Strada is a real theatrical gem. The story follows Gelsomina, a shy and awkward girl whose life is changed when her desperate mother sells her to Zampano, a travelling strong man with a cruel heart. Audrey Bisson plays Gelsomina ...

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