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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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The Kindness of Strangers – TR2, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Jack Lowe &Russell Woodhead Director: Jack Lowe Reviewer: Joan Phillips Intelligently written by Jack Lowe and Russell Woodhead of curious directive theatre company, The Kindness of Strangers offers an insight into the pressures on today’s NHS through the eyes of two paramedics. Newly qualified Lisa is partnered with old-hand Sylvia on her very last day in the job on ...

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War Horse – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Directors: Marianne Elliott &Tom Morris Reviewer: Chris Williams The National Theatre’s blockbuster stage version of Michael Morpugo’s novel gallops into Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre to rapturous, and emotional, audience approval. The plot is a simple one – simple is often the best, and to be fair much of the play’s success is down to ...

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World Cup Final 1966 – Bristol Old Vic

Writers: Carl Heap &Tom Morris Director: Tom Morris Reviewer: Joan Phillips There is neither a legend, myth nor hero untouched in World Cup Final 1966; a hilarious and affectionate reflection on the events leading up to, and including, England’s only World Cup victory. The jokes and mimicry are spot on and even the running time at 120 minutes is the ...

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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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