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Under Milk Wood – The Watermill Theatre, Berkshire

Writer: Dylan Thomas Music: Olly Fox Director: Brendan O’Hea Reviewer: Emma Pritchard It was The Watermill’s first professional production when the theatre opened its doors back in 1967, so how fitting that Under Milk Wood should return to the venue to mark its 50th anniversary year. And, with a cast led by the talented and versatile performer Alistair McGowan, The ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer: David Bintley Music: Carl Davis Reviewer: Helen Tope Aladdin, with its magic Genie and flying carpet, may not seem the most obvious choice for a ballet. But in a brand new production, Birmingham Royal Ballet makes a compelling case as to why we should take this pantomime favourite much more seriously. The challenge Birmingham Royal Ballet has is in the reshaping of ...

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Spamalot – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Eric Idle Composer: John Du Prez and Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd  Reviewer: Marina Spark Selladoor Worldwide is currently on tour with its production of Monty Python's Spamalot and the show is the perfect antidote to those gloomy autumn evenings. This production captures the spirit and flavour of Monty Python, while cheekily updating the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail for ...

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Yana and Yeti – 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol

Writer: Pickled Image and Hattie Naylor Director: Emma Lloyd Reviewer: Swati Arora The Norwegian landscape is the protagonist in this visually stunning story of Yana as she finds herself in the middle of unfamiliar mountains and people, far away from home. This beautiful production is well-crafted and is performed to gorgeous music as Yana finds shelter and friendship in Yeti ...

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War Horse – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Nick Stafford (from Michael Morpurgo’s novel) Director: Marianna Elliott & Tom Morris Designer: Rae Smith Puppet Design and Direction: Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler Choreographer: Toby Sedgwick  Music: Adrian Sutton Reviewer: Leah Tozer  War Horse may be a show about horses, but it has the most heart, the most heroism, and the most humanity of any show you’ll ever see. The tale of Joey the horse and ...

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The Weir – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Conor McPherson Director:  Adele Thomas Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest In a tiny local pub, in the depths of rural Ireland, five people come together, drink and tell stories. Brendon, the young owner, stands and listens, while Jack and Jim, a cantankerous old sot and his more mild-mannered associate, trade barbs with Finbar, their wealthy, successful friend and sparring-partner. Completing the ...

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Ninagawa Macbeth –  Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer:  William Shakespeare Director: Yukio Ninagawa Reviewer: Joan Phillips If you think you have seen enough versions of Shakespeare then Yukio Ninagawa’s spectacular Macbeth is a wonderful reminder how his plays can be reinvented and resonate across different generations, and different cultures. There seems to be some sort of spiritual fit between Japanese classical culture and Shakespeare: the tragic themes; hand to ...

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My Name is Rachel Corrie – The Other Room, Cardiff

Writer: Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie Director: Chelsey Gillard Reviewer: Beth Steer With the permission of the family of Rachel Corrie, a young American activist working for the International Solidarity Movement in Gaza, My Name is Rachel Corrie has been edited from Rachel’s writings. Based on her journals and emails, it tracks her journey from life as an ...

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