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West Side Story – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Leornard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Chris Williams West Side Story is constantly being voted in the top – if not number one – in lists of musicals. With the Broadway dream-team of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurent’s book based on William Shakespeare’s play, this is one musical that is still relevant ...

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West Side Story – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Choreographer: Joey McKneely (from original choreography by Jerome Robbins) Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Joan Phillips What happens when you mix young, testosterone charged youths, with guns, knives, fear, hatred, prejudice, poverty and romantically involved lovers from opposing gangs? All it takes is one tiny spark to light the tinder and the ...

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Cats – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: T. S. Elliot Director: Chrissie Cartwright Reviewer: Chris Williams Cats is one of the most well known and long running British musicals – its original West End run lasted 21 years – and it’s also fondly remembered by audiences and original cast members, which included such theatre legends as Elaine Paige, Brian Blessed and Paul ...

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Ablutions – Brewery Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Patrick deWitte Adaptor: Matthew Whittle Director: Bertrand Lesca Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Adapted from Patrick deWitt’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Ablutions paints a darkly comic portrait of a hapless bartender’s struggle to break free from the tedium and debauchery of life behind the bar. Set in a Hollywood dive-bar populated by eccentrics, drug addicts and losers, the ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Betty Comden &Adolph Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown &Arthur Freed Choreographer: Andrew Wright Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Barbara Michaels High kicking and high scoring, the cast of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of the musical theatre adaptation of the 1952 American film Singing’ in the Rain does it proud. The iconic film directed by, choreographed and starring Gene Kelly, ...

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Cats – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Re-creator of original direction &choreography: Chrissie Cartwright Reviewer: Marina Spark One of the longest running West End shows, Cats, is making a UK tour and is taking Plymouth by storm. Originally performed in London's West End in 1981, it is the show that truly put composer Andrew Lloyd Webber on the musical theatre map. The show ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Joan Phillips If health and safety laws had existed in the 18th century when this hilarious play was first written then it would never have left the page and made its way to the stage. It would be far too dangerous both for many of the cast and some members of the audience. ...

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Roberto Zucco – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Bernard-Marie Koltès Music: Gareth Evans Director: Mathilde López Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Described as “A cheap 1980s version of the Ten Commandments in a Brothel," the August 012 Theatre Company’s presentation of Koltè’s play based on the infamous Italian serial killer Roberto Zucco may not be to everyone’s taste. Unequivocally brash and violent, cruel and noisy with an extraordinary mix ...

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