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Shakespeare Dream Bill – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director: David Bintley Choreographers: Jessica Lang, José Limón, Frederick Ashton Conductor: Paul Murphy Reviewer: Bryony Luther This production honours Shakespeare’s works by focusing on two of his much-loved pieces Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream along with his often overlooked sonnets in a piece newly-created for Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Wink uses five unconnected sonnets to create a plotless ballet ...

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A Taste of Honey – Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Matt Grinter Reviewer: Harry Mottram In the confined space of the Alma Tavern Theatre, we enter the claustrophobic world of northern England on the cusp of the 1960s. It’s damp, dingy and depressing in the Salford flat designed by Jenny Davies with its shared bathroom and lavatory down the corridor. There’s Jo, her mother, Helen, and her abusive ...

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Night Must Fall – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest "Everyone loves a good murder," as one character quips during the evening, but Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall is no cosy drawing room murder mystery, but a thriller in which there is little doubt from early on who the murderer is, and therefore the tension comes from knowing the other characters ...

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Dick Tracy – Northcott, Exeter

Dick Tracy - Le Navet Bete

Director: John Nicholson  Designer: Phil Eddolls  Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts It's taken 10 years for Exeter-based company Le Navet Bete to get into the Northcott Theatre and, now that they are associate artists, it doesn’t look like they'll be leaving anytime soon. Their Northcott debut sees the resurrection of – for the very last time, their much-loved take on Dick Tracy. Known for ...

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The Grinning Man – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Carl Grose Music: Tim Phillips and Marc Teitler Director: Tom Morris Reviewer: Claire Hayes The land of The Grinning Man is one of seeping pain and lost memories, where the old cannot forget while the young seek desperately to remember. Director Tom Morris and writer Carl Grose have taken Victor Hugo’s 19th Century novel The Man Who Laughs and ...

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The Wind in the Willows – Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer:Julian Fellowes Music and Lyrics:George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Helen Tope The Wind in the Willows is a much-loved classic, entertaining generations of children with stories from the riverbank. The adventures of Rat, Badger, Mole and Toad form a tale of friendship that lends itself to any interpretation. It’s therefore not surprising that The Wind in the ...

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Pinocchio – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Carlo Collodi Adapted: Jasmin Vardimon Director: Jasmin Vardimon Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts The much-loved story of Pinocchio is one that the majority of people are familiar with. Whether through the bright, primary-coloured Disney animation or Carlo Collodi's original tale The Adventures of Pinocchio, the story of a little wooden puppet is one that has no doubt pulled our heart strings ...

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Akram Khan’s Giselle – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score by Adolphe Adam Orchestration and conductor: Gavin Sutherland Director and choreographer: Akram Khan Reviewer: Claire Hayes Huge anticipation has surrounded English National Ballet’s latest production of Giselle – especially since Akram Khan was confirmed as its choreographer. Having previously collaborated with ENB to choreograph Dust as part of 2014’s World War One commemoration ...

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