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Patience – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Company Members on stage in front of a woodland backdrop

Writers and composers : Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Marina Spark Exeter Northcott Theatre is home to English Touring Opera's first production of a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera this week and Exeter is in for a treat. The ever popular and timeless satire of light opera's most famous duo shrines brightly in this production, which is one of ...

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Funny Girl – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music, Lyrics & Book: Julie Styne, Bob Merrill & Isobel  Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: David Jobson What a history this show has. It was only last year that Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith, transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Savoy. A run that was met with setbacks but received heaps of praise, and gave Smith’s ...

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The Crucible – New Theatre Cardiff

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Chilling in its relevance to the fanaticism that is threatening us as we go about our business today, this new production of the American classic The Crucible, based on the true story of the Witches of Salem, which was adapted for the screen in 1996 and won Miller an Academy award ...

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Crave- The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol.

Writer: Sarah Kane Director: Jessica Rose McVay Reviewer: Kris Hallett There have been many pretenders over the years but no one has come close to creating the sheer theatrical poetry of Sarah Kane. Taken far too young at the age of 28 her plays first shook and then changed the British theatrical landscape. In studio spaces up and down the ...

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English Touring Opera: Tosca – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Giacomo Puccini Text: Luigi Illica & Guiseppe Giacosta Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Puccini's Tosca is one of the few texts whose imagery and symbolism transcend the relatively insular medium of opera. A tale of love, death, jealousy and regret set against the backdrop of Napoleon's conquest of Europe, the surprisingly simple story is defined by the power ...

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The Island – The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writers: Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Ntshona Director: John Terry Reviewer: Chris Oldham Performed in the round on a small square stage, there's something immediately unapologetic about The Island; both in its simplicity, and its depth. First produced in 1973 and set on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, it follows two inmates John (Mark Springer), and Winston (Edward ...

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Die Fledermaus – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

A Male and Female in Masquerade costumes laughing

Music: Johann Straus II Libretto: Carl Haffner & Richard Genée Director: John Copley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Fun and frolics in Die Fledermaus, one of the greatest of Viennese operettas. Last staged by Welsh National Opera six years ago, John Copley’s production keeps all the frills and frou-frou of the original first performed in Vienna in 1874. The plot, convoluted as ...

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Y Tŵr – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

A couple relaxing together

Librettist: Gwyneth Glyn Composer: Guto Puw Director: Michael McCarthy Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Y Tŵr (The Tower) is a new Welsh-language opera based on the Gwenlyn Parry play of the same name. In three acts, we explore the seasons of life - summer, autumn and winter - each represented by a room in the tower. In a surreal yet evocative metaphor, ...

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