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The Fall of the House of Usher – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: David Pountney Usher House Music &Text: Gordon Getty La Chute de la Maison Usher Music &Text: Claude Debussy Reviewer: Lauren Anders It isn’t often that a company can create a tension so high that the audience is sat on the edges of their seats before the curtain has even gone up, but this is exactly the reaction that Welsh ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Bristol Hippodrome

Original Director: Nicholas Hytner Tour Director: Adam Penford Writer: Richard Bean Reviewer: Claire Hayes [Rating:4.5] This latest incarnation of the National Theatre’s big hitting farce is a touring show, with Gavin Spokes taking the lead rôle of Francis Henshall. Based on the 18th century play The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, Richard Bean’s comedy has updated the action ...

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Dial M for Murder – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Chris Williams Going in to this production of Dial M for Murder one wonders how many members of the audience know that this famous Hitchcock, Grace Kelly-starrer – that even utilised gimmicky 3D - started life as a stage play. In this age of classic TV and films being rewritten for the stage ...

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The Ballad of Martha Brown – Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Writers: Amy Rosenthal, Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Directors: Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Reviewer: Joan Phillips There is no getting away from the gallows in this production, it is there throughout the evening. The fate of Martha Brown is foretold and we are not going to be allowed to forget it. The noose that eventually hangs her may be variously a ...

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Pests – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann Director: Lucy Morrison Reviewer: Marina Spark Clean Break theatre company pride themselves on researching and telling the stories of women who are/have been in prison and who are likely to offend again. Pests stays true to that company goal and here the tale of two sisters is told. They are perpetually stuck in a cycle of self ...

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Happy Days – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Gary Marshall Composer &Lyricist: Paul Williams Director: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Marina Spark   Happy Days is currently entertaining audiences in Plymouth at the Theatre Royal. The cheery, upbeat new musical has the audience buzzing with excitement as the overture complete with accompanying disco lights starts. The story is a simple one - the friends and family members that treat ...

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Mercury Fur – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Philip Ridley Director: Chris Darnall Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur explores the very worst in human nature, taking the horrific situation of a war torn country and its inhabitants beyond the extreme and into the surreal, yet never straying too far from the plausible and always mirroring reality in a way that gives this play a dark ...

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The Ballad of Martha Brown – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writers: Amy Rosenthal, Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Directors: Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Reviewer: Claire Hayes “Are you here for the hanging?” the audience is asked, as we make our way into the auditorium. And indeed we are, because Angel Exit Theatre’s latest production is based around the life and times of Martha Brown, the last woman to be publicly hanged ...

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