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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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Death of a Salesman – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

A man with suitcases stands in front of a neon sign saying "Land of the Free"

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Abigail Graham Reviewer: Karen Bussell Raw and intense, OpenWorks Theatre artistic director Abigail Graham gives little let-up in her interpretation of Miller’s iconic 1949 dissembling of the American Dream. Georgia Lowe’s uncompromisingly bland grey set focusses attention on the unravelling of travelling salesman Willie Loman (except when slides are opened a tad too far allowing a ...

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King Lear – Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Two people blend into a dark background

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Natasha Buckley Reviewer: Helen Tope Created to professional standards, productions from local company, The Actors Wheel, have everything except the Equity card. Performed by students of Marjon University’s Acting programme, The Actors Wheel combines discipline and ambition in equal measure; taking on challenging work, and it’s safe to say, few plays possess the fearsome reputation of ...

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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

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

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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