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Romeo and Juliet – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Star-crossed lovers and family feuding are at the heart of Romeo and Juliet, perhaps the most romantic of Shakespeare’s plays. A much-anticipated and brave choice for artistic director Rachel O’Riordan’s major production in her first season at the Sherman. Unfortunately – and perhaps it was first night nerves - O’Riordan’s vicious ...

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Welsh National Opera: Moses in Egypt – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Giochino Rossini Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Moses in Egypt takes us through the Bible from the plague of darkness over Egypt to the parting of the Red Sea. Welsh National Opera's production gets off to a spine-tingling start. A beautiful effect from lighting designer Fabice Kebour enables the audience to witness the sun slowly disappear over Egypt, ...

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Mark Bruce’s Dracula – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Bram Stoker Director and Choreographer: Mark Bruce Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Adapted from Bram Stoker’s horror novel of the same name, Mark Bruce’s Dracula is a superbly Gothic piece of dance theatre, performed with utmost fluidity and technical skill. The most famous vampire stories in the world, Dracula is a tale of forbidden love and sexual desire, originally told in ...

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My Perfect Mind – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writers: Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge Director: Kathryn Hunter Reviewer: Claire Hayes Having barely begun rehearsing for King Lear in New Zealand, Edward Petherbridge was felled by a severe stroke which left him needing to learn to walk again. Yet, despite having lost so much, the entire rôle of Lear still inhabited his mind. His remarkable experiences have ...

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The Angry Brigade – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: James Graham Director: James Grieve Reviewer: Joan Phillips After his sell out success with This House, James Graham returns to familiar ground reminding us of the social and political upheavals of the 1970s in his new play The Angry Brigade. A group of self-styled anarchists set about a bombing campaign aimed at high profile targets such as politicians, buildings ...

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Dylan Thomas: Return Journey – Factory Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Bob Kingdom Original Direction: Sir Anthony Hopkins Reviewer: Joan Phillips Bob Kingdom revives this captivating production as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations to mark Dylan Thomas’ birth. Staged to replicate a recital from Thomas’ US tour in the final week before his death, just before the infamous 17th whisky in The White Horse pub, Bob Kingdom is mesmerising ...

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Carmen – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Georges Bizet Directors: Patrice Caurier &Moshe Leiser Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Reviewer: Emily Pearce Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser’s production of Carmen was first premiered in 1997, and has lost none of its verve or passion over 15 years later. With a minimalist staging and pared down colours; the directors have created a fine balance of intimacy and passion ...

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Barnum – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Mark Bramble Lyrics: Michael Stewart Music: Cy Coleman Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Naomi Stevens From the second the audience enters the auditorium, entertainment is brought to life with jugglers, magicians and a variety of tumblers all putting on displays around, between and sometimes even on the seats. It is a chance for people to become involved and ...

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