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A Good Clean Heart – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Alun Saunders Director: Mared Swain Reviewer: Denis Lennon If The Other Room keep going the way they are, they will start to get a name for themselves. And if I were in charge I would be singing from the rooftops. The final installment of their opening season, a run of productions they have entitled Life in Close-Up, brings a ...

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Little One – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Hannah Moscovitch Director: Laura McLean Reviewer: Kris Hallett Now in its ninth year, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s Directors’ Cuts offers its audiences the opportunity to spot emerging talent in the city: its graduating actors, directors and designers. By also asking the directors to pick pieces of contemporary writing to direct, keen theatregoers have an opportunity to discover new ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Megan Pearce From the same creators as the West End smash hit The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre Company are now performing their new piece Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The show will have you sobbing uncontrollably with laughter from start to finish. There is not much to ...

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Top Hat – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Adaptors: Matthew White &Howard Jacques Choreographer: Bill Deamer Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Marina Spark The 1935 movieTop Hat, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is an iconic Hollywood classic. The musical, which was adapted for the stage five years ago, has received accolade after accolade. The 2014/15 tour is no different. As soon as the overture ...

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Birdsong – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Sebastian Faulks Adaptor: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Kris Hallett Rachel Wagstaff’s stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’Birdsongcontinues to go great guns, stopping off at Bristol Old Vic, as part of this, its third national tour. You can understand why; still in the midst of the centenary of the First World War, Faulks’ novel is a beautifully realised piece ...

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The Pirates of Penzance – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: W.S. Gilbert &Arthur Sullivan Musical Director: David Griffiths Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Beth Steer Written in 1879, and one in a series of iconic productions by famous duo Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance has been adapted and re-imagined across page, stage and screen for years. Accordingly, expectations for performances of the show are always high. And, directed ...

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The Producers – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Book: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks Director: Matthew Wright Reviewer: Chris Oldham From the off, how much you enjoy Mel Brooks' riotous multi-Tony award winning adaptation of his own 1968 film will likely hinge on how far you're willing to allow your boundaries of taste to be tested. It's New York, 1959, and after Broadway ...

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