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Manon Lescaut – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Mariusz Trelinski Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Marina Spark Plymouth's Theatre Royal is playing host to the Welsh National Opera's Fallen Women season, of which Manon Lescaut is their second in the bill of three operas. The plot surrounds the incomprehensibly desirable Manon; a beautiful, provocative, fascinating woman, played by Chiara Taigi. The hero of the opera ...

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La Traviata – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: David McVicar Composer: Giuseppi Verdi Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Marina Spark The Welsh National Opera are widely known for tackling the great operas with verve and style. Their leading opera this season is La Traviata, which headlines a trio focussing on the theme of Fallen Women. This classic opera begins at the end with our hero, Alfredo, played by ...

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Emily – The Making of a Militant Suffragette – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writer: Ros Connelly Director: Kath Burlinson Reviewer: Claire Hayes Emily Wilding Davison threw herself in front of the King’s horse at the Derby in 1913, this we know. So much else is conjecture, yet Elizabeth Crarer’s intelligent and absorbing portrayal indicates that, even if she were not intending to die, Emily’s actions in support of women’s suffrage had become increasingly ...

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Wicked – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music &Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Megan Pearce Wicked has been running in the West End since 2006 with phenomenal success. Finally, the show is touring all over the UK and is definitely not one to miss. Everyone is familiar with the family classic, The Wizard of Oz – a story of a girl from ...

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The Big Meal – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Dan LeFranc Director: Michael Boyd Reviewer: Claire Hayes Make sure you inhale deeply before you watch The Big Meal. It begins with a meeting in a restaurant and, from that first, heady encounter at a table for two, there’s little chance to catch your breath. Sam and Nicole tell each other they aren’t looking for commitment but, as their ...

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Under Milk Wood – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Dylan Thomas Director: Terry Hands Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Eat bread and cheese for a week, walk to work, pawn your watch – do whatever it takes, but buy a ticket for Under Milk Wood. Terry Hands’ production for Clwyd Theatr Cymru of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood brings out every nuance of this play for a voices with a ...

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Ballad of a Thin Man – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Callum Mitchell Reviewer: Joan Phillips Nude, soaking wet, and covered in blood - so Callum Mitchell starts and ends his very funny tale of heartbreak and obsession after the end of an important relationship. Unable to get out of his pyjamas, or indeed peel himself away from a diet of daytime TV, Mitchell describes how he attempts to cope ...

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