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The Addams Family – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Choreographer: Alistair David Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Originally created by cartoonist Charles Addams, the Addams Family are a satirical and ghoulish group of characters that make up a happily dysfunctional family. They are perfectly content with their passion for all things dark and macabre. The original Broadway ...

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The Real Thing – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Claire Hayes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing dazzled when it was first produced in 1982, both for the intelligence and precision of his writing and the performances of Felicity Kendal and Roger Rees in the leading roles. Thought to be one of his most autobiographical plays, its themes of marital infidelity and the pursuit of ...

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Living with the Lights On – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer and performer: Mark Lockyer Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: Claire Hayes Mark Lockyer portrayed a convincingly complex Iago in the Tobacco Factory’s Othello earlier this year, unleashing the dark and destructive forces of a master manipulator on those most deserving of his loyalty. Now he returns to the Factory Theatre in his one-man show Living with the Lights On, recounting ...

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Around the World in 80 Days – The New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Jules Verne Adapter: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Beth Steer In a clever adaptation by Laura Eason, Around the World in 80 Days tracks Phileas Fogg (Andrew Pollard), perhaps the world’s most famous fictional explorer, as he stakes his life’s fortune on a bet that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. The mysteriously wealthy Fogg and his ...

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Douglas McGrath Music / Lyrics: Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Helen Tope Tapestry is no ordinary record. A chronicle of heartbreak and hope, even forty years after its release in 1971, it continues to speak to men and women about the nature of love. Carole King’s remarkable album is just part of ...

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The River – Loco Klub, Bristol

Writer: Jez Butterworth. Music: Yuan Hu Director: Matt Holmquist Designer: April Dalton Reviewer: Julia Beasley Dark, cavernous and a bit spooky, the old ash pits of Bristol’s Temple Meads railway station make a hauntingly lovely setting for The River.  No doubt about it, this is one of the city’s most atmospheric theatrical venues.  Wear warm clothing – and be prepared ...

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The Caretaker – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Christopher Haydon Designer: Oliver Townsend Reviewer: Leah Tozer Harold Pinter's inspiration for his tragicomic play The Caretaker was seeing two men in the same room, acting separately and in isolation, 'a moment frozen in time'. Director Christopher Haydon and designer Oliver Townsend's set for Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate, Northampton's production, on display as the audience ...

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Heather – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Thomas Eccleshare Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: Joan Phillips It isn’t long before the turning point in Thomas Eccleshare’s short play hits you like an electric shock. In only 50 minutes Heather has us sitting on the edge of our seats as Eccleshare’s play points out the fragility of the assumptions any of us might make about the people we come across ...

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