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Sister Act – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Kris Hallett Sister Act is a staple of Sunday afternoon movie viewing, a film that when it is on requires you to put your feet up with a cuppa and watch. Along with Bond and Hocus Pocus (why has this still not been converted into a show ...

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A Little Night Music – Watermill Theatre, Berkshire

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: David Jobson Now in their 50th year, the Watermill Theatre returns to one of the finest musical composers of all time, Stephen Sondheim. Their production of Sweeney Todd went on to London and Broadway, with a cast that combined the roles of both actor and musician. Once again ...

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Funny Girl – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

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Writer: Isobel Lennart Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Choreographer: Lynne Page Reviewer: Bryony Luther It is just over 50 years since Funny Girl was first performed in London in 1966. The lead role of Fanny Bryce was famously originated by Barbara Streisand, arguably providing her big break. This anniversary production began life at the Menier Chocolate Factory before ...

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Wink – Mission Theatre, Bath

Writer: Phoebe Eclair-Powell Director: Faye Elvin Reviewer: Claire Hayes There’s a nostalgia to the opening of TopButton Theatre’s debut production Wink as video images from a previous decade, of two young boys and their families enjoying birthday treats, flitter across the central projection screen. It seems to hark back to an innocence lost in an online world today awash with ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong, Theatre Royal – Plymouth

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Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Helen Tope Dying is easy, comedy is hard – and in The Play That Goes Wrong, you will see plenty of both. Performed by Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’ cannot be accused of misleading its audience. A country house, murder most foul and a room full ...

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Stories for the Silver Tree – The Castle Emporium, Cardiff

Writers: Darius Nash & Tamar Eluned Williams Reviewer: Beth Steer Stories for the Silver Tree alternates between mythical landscapes and personal narrative to follow the tale of Bran, a young girl trying to find her place in the world, as she travels roads as yet unknown. This is a fresh and innovative storytelling performance, comprised solely of two storyteller/musicians (Darius ...

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Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Devised by: The Wardrobe Theatre Company Director: Adam Fuller Reviewer: Claire Hayes It may be July, but that doesn’t stop The Wardrobe theatre company from reprising its 2015 Christmas show, this time in the Factory Theatre. And why not, when this seasonally ubiquitous mash up of Guy Ritchie’s 1998 cockney gangster film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with the ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Rougemont Gardens

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest The Comedy of Errors is the play in which Shakespeare veers the closest to outright farce, including as it does, two sets of identical twins who both have the same name and who end up wearing the same clothes. Needless to say, shenanigans ensue, and a policeman, a hot-tempered wife, a ...

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