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Romeo and Juliet – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer:Kenneth MacMillan Composer:Sergei Prokofiev Conductor:Paul Murphy Reviewer: Karen Bussell   To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, BRB has compiled a touring programme of adaptations of the Bard’s works delighting Plymouth first with Prokofiev’s Romeo and Julietand then returning in the autumn with both a themed triple bill and David Bintley’s brand new The Tempest. Kenneth MacMillan wrings every ...

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The Herbal Bed – Theatre Royal, Bath

ETT's The Herbal Bed production shot

Writer:Peter Whelan Director:James Dacre Reviewer: Claire Hayes   As contemporary headlines scream for transparency and the gap between public and private is narrowed, the themes of Peter Whelan’s 1996 play The Herbal Bed seem more relevant than ever. In 1613, James I has been on the throne for ten years. Post-Reformation England is full of social upheaval, as the Puritan ...

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The Dishonoured – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Neil DSouza and Robert Mountford

Writer:Aamina Ahmad Director:Janet Steel Reviewer: Joan Phillips   Colonel Tariq, working for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence in Lahore, has been enjoying celebrity and promotion for neutralising a major terrorist leader. Medals followed, a possible promotion to Washington DC is in the air, the respect of colleagues and family is addictive. Tariq’s artist wife is thrilled at the possibility of a move ...

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Jem & Ella – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Choreographers: Jem Treays & Ella Treays Director: Paula Crutchlow Reviewer: Jacqui Onions   Jem & Ella is a dance piece created by professional contemporary dancer, Jem Treays, and his ballet-mad 12-year-old daughter, Ella Treays. What ensues is a delightful and humorous insight into life in the Treays household; from the everyday father/daughter relationship to life with a professional dancer for ...

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Trainspotting – Loco Klub, Bristol

Writer: Irvine Welsh (Adapted by Harry Gibson) Directed by: Adam Spredbury-Maher and Greg Esplin Reviewer: Kris Hallett The term 'In-Yer-Face theatre' burst on to the scene in the mid-90s like a screaming child, begging for the world to take notice: a mixture of graphic violence, explicit sex and uncompromising subject matter from the keyboards of some of the generations brightest ...

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WNO: Figaro Gets a Divorce- Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Composer: Elena Langer Librettist & Director: David Pountney Reviewer:Karen Bussell WNO celebrates Beaumarchais’ money-loving, conniving rogue in its episodic spring tour Figaro Forever where Rossini and Mozart’s classics are joined by the world premiere of Langer’s sequel. In a dark departure from the frothy frivolity of Rossini and Mozart’s comic canters, director and librettist David Pountney and composer Elena Langer ...

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WNO: The Marriage of Figaro – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Figaro - David Stout and Susanna - Anna Devin

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Librettist:Lorenzo Da Ponte English translation: Jeremy Sams Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Director: Tobias Richter Reviewer: Karen Bussell   WNO celebrates Beaumarchais’ money-loving, conniving rogue in its episodic spring tour Figaro Forever where Rossini and Mozart’s classics are joined by the world premiere of Langer’s sequel in which the scoundrel gets a divorce. So second up is Mozart’s ...

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Tell Me on a Sunday – New Theatre, Cardiff

Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On A Sunday

Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyricist: Don Black Director: Paul Foster Musical Director: Peter McCarthy Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Tell Me on a Sunday follows the story of Emma - a British girl, her life and loves, as she makes her way in America. There is something in Emma’s life that everyone can relate to, be it the joys of falling in ...

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