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Madama Butterfly – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Annilese Miskimmon Reviewer: Helen Tope Telling the true story of a Japanese geisha abandoned by her American husband, Madama Butterfly is one of opera’s greatest tragedies – perhaps the greatest one of all. The story is irresistible: a naive 15-year-old Cio-Cio-San is married off to an American lieutenant, Pinkerton, in ...

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Cinderella – Theatre Royal Winchester

Writer and Director: James Barry Reviewer: David Jobson December is upon us and that means one thing - Pantomime.  Nearly every theatre has a Christmas show on the bill. There will be pantomimes full of celebrities, innuendoes by the minute, pop songs and big special effects.  James Barry has written many pantomimes for local and amateur theatres, with Cinderella being ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Writer: Joe Penhall Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage Storming into Southampton's Mayflower theatre with a rocking punch is award-winning musical Sunny Afternoon. Telling the story of brothers Ray and Dave Davies and their fellow Kinks bandmates Pete Quaife and Mick Avory, Sunny Afternoon transports the audience back to the 60s and depicts the struggle of four working class lads ...

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Don Giovanni – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director: Jonathan Kent Revival Director: Lloyd Wood Reviewer: Helen Tope A revival of the 2010 production directed by Jonathan Kent, Don Giovanni returns as part of this year’s Glyndebourne Tour. Based on the 14th Century nobleman Don Juan, Mozart reworks the legend into a tragi-comic opera that is startling as it is unique. In this production, the famous womaniser, and ...

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Peter Pan – Exeter Northcott

Writer: J.M Barrie Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest Neverland. The ticking crocodile. Wendy, John and Michael. Tinkerbell. Captain Hook. Peter Pan. The familiarity of these names and phrases to adults and children, even today, over a hundred years since the play first premièred is testament to the magic of J.M. Barrie's creation. In their first recent solo venture, using ...

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Rocky: A Horror Story – Wardrobe Theatre

Devisors: The Company Director: Tom Brennan Reviewer: Kris Hallett Picture the scene, you're settling back to enjoy the trailers before the main feature at the multiplex and the screen goes blank and the reassuring deep boom of the American link man begins ''From the people who brought you Home Alonely, Muppits Die Hard and Goldilock, Stock and Three Smoking Bears comes ...

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The Snow Queen – Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre

Writer: Llinos Mai Director: Jon Dafydd-Kidd Reviewer: Beth Steer An adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s famous Christmas story, The Snow Queen, Hijinx Odyssey's production brings the classic tale to life in a new way. The spirit of Odyssey – an inclusive community group for adults with and without learning disabilities who share a passion for performance – shines through the ...

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Rambert: A Linha Curva & Other Works – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Choreographers: Kim Brandstrup, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Itzik Galili Reviewer: Helen Tope Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Rambert may be Britain’s oldest dance company, but it continues to push boundaries. Challenging our preconceptions of contemporary dance, Rambert brings a triple bill of new and established work to Plymouth. A Linha Curva made its debut in 2009, and is so well established ...

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