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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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20th Century Boy – Lyric Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Peter Rowe in association with Gary Lloyd Music &Lyrics: Marc Bolan Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Joan Phillips This is an opportunity to bask in the glitz of the fashions and sounds of the 70s glam rock era. 20th Century Boy follows the career of that decade’s icon Marc Bolan through the eyes of his son, Rolan. Rolan never knew ...

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Rock Of Ages – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Kristin Hanggi Reviewer: Naomi Stevens It is fair to say that Rock of Ages has landed in town with a bang. The show, a production set in LA in the (in their words) mid to late 1980’s when trousers were skin tight and hair was as big as possible, certainly isn’t lacking in the rock element. ...

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Love and Information – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Beth Shouler Producer: Faith Collingwood Reviewer: Marina Spark This Caryl Churchill script, tackled by Theatre Royal Plymouth's People's Company, converses with itself as to the identity, relevance and impact that information has on our lives. The script itself is written superbly, each short scene being discarded once it develops far enough for our attention to wander. The effect of ...

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Thriller Live – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Marina Spark A buzzing audience, talented cast and expensive set makes for a winning combination. The show, which is essentially a tribute to the music and dance of Michael Jackson, does not disappoint the many avid fans in the audience. The format of the show takes the audience on a journey through the successes that ...

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Private Peaceful – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Simon Reade Reviewer: Claire Hayes An unknown soldier of the First World War finds his voice as Private Thomas Peaceful in this adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, which has been revived by Poonamallee Productions for the centenary of the outbreak of hostilities. Tommo, played by William Troughton, brings us face to face with ...

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Tonight’s the Night – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Rod Stewart Book: Ben Elton Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Naomi Stevens From the lively opening number set in a garage, Tonight's the Night starts with a bang. The audience are immediately introduced to the main characters and there is a wall of sound as the curtain goes up. The plot involves Stuart, a rather introverted and somewhat geeky ...

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