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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Claire Hayes There’s a satisfying air of barely subdued panic in the auditorium before the beginning of Mischief Theatre’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong. There are technicians handing out hard hats, last minute adjustments being made to the stage and a request from the director for anyone with theatrical ...

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Welsh National Opera: The Magic Flute – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder English Translation: Jeremy Sams Director: Dominic Cooke Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Conductor:Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Jacqui Onions If you are new to opera then The Magic Flute is a great place to start. A light-hearted opera but with plenty of plot points to keep the watcher entertained. This production, by Welsh National Opera, is ...

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Light – The Studio, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: George Mann Director: George Mann Reviewer: Joan Phillips George Orwell frightened the world with his chilling glimpse into a dystopian, totalitarian future in his book Nineteen Eighty-Four. Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Light is a harrowing demonstration of how these issues never go away. In this version, written and directed by George Mann, we have the added complication of how modern ...

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The Life & Times of Fanny Hill – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: John Cleland Adaptor: April de Angelis Director: Michael Oakley Reviewer: Claire Hayes You might think you know what to expect from The Life &Times of Fanny Hill, Lamplighter Theatre’s new adaptation of John Cleland’s notorious tale of a prostitute’s misadventures. The book is essentially an 18th century romp with a full variety of sexual escapades complete with bawdy jokes. ...

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Richard III – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Yvonne Murphy Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Everything about Omidaze’s production of Richard III attempts to be ground-breaking. An all-female cast creates a promenade performance taken out of the traditional setting and thrown into a strange world hidden in the roof void of the Wales Millennium Centre. So many breaks from tradition could have easily been a recipe ...

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The Government Inspector – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adaptor: Robin Colyer Director: Robin Colyer Reviewer: Joan Phillips This hilarious adaptation of Gogol’s The Government Inspector by Flintlock Theatre is not to be missed. The original, satirical messages about the corruption, greed and bureaucratic stupidity of 19th century Russia are retained, but this is an ingenious version full of comical farce. Formed in 2012, this is ...

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Welsh National Opera: CHORUS! – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A pot-pourri of operatic favourites, Chorus! not only showcases the world class talents of Welsh National Opera’s justly famed chorus, but those of the inimitable Lesley Garrett. All it lacks is Bryn Terfel but you can’t have everything, although to have him singing the title rôle in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman- the famous Spinning Chorus ...

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The Forsythe Sisters – Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writers: Lucy Rivers &Hannah McPake Music: Lucy Rivers Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Jacqui Onions In The Forsythe Sisters, Gagglebabble invite you to attend an evening of mediumship at your local village hall. What follows is a random concoction of village characters, local myths, psychic demonstrations, live music and even a mini love story all bewilderingly but enjoyably rolled into the ...

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