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While the Sun Shines – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Kris Hallett We have already had Noel Coward as part of this year's Bath Summer Season and now we have Terence Rattigan's almost forgotten While The Sun Shines. which with its farcical complications, ever-shifting emotional attachments and highly moneyed setting could be mistaken at first glance as something from the pen of the ...

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Guys and Dolls – Bristol Hippodrome

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Book: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, from Damon Runyon’s short stories Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director: Gordon Greenberg Reviewer:Claire Hayes Marry the Man Today may not seem the sort of sentiment to be accepted lightly by a theatre-going audience in 2016, especially given the blatant shortcomings of the potential grooms. Hitching up with low-life crap shooters Nathan Detroit and ...

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Thriller Live – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

The cast of Thriller Live

Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Jess Rowe Now in its seventh year running at London’s Lyric Theatre and on another UK Tour, there must be something special about the success of Thriller Live. In its simplest form, the show is a tribute concert celebrating the music and dance skill of the King of Pop. Although the show lacks any ...

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Watership Down – The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Watershed Down at The Watermill Theatre

Writer: Richard Adams Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Mary Scriven It has been well catalogued that Richard Adams’ first novel Watership Down started life as a story told to his two daughters, Juliet and Rosamond, to while away the time on a long car journey. And this may give the impression that Rona Munro’s clever adaptation, now running ...

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Guys and Dolls – New Theatre, Cardiff

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Book: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, from Damon Runyon’s short stories Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director: Gordon Greenberg Reviewer:Jaclyn Martin Even the most seasoned gamblers can find themselves playing with high stakes in the game of love – Guys and Dolls is the latest in a season of shows involving swindlers, spies and shysters at Cardiff’s New Theatre this ...

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Chicago – Bristol Hippodrome

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer:Naomi Stevens 1920s Chicago. Murder. Fame. The days when Chicago was a mix of prohibition era criminality and the excitement of Jazz. The story is based around both – a prison full of murderesses whose crimes were mostly committed under the influence of illegal alcohol and easy access to ...

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The Blues Brothers (Approved) – New Theatre, Cardiff

Reviewer: Emily Pearce Blues Brothers (Approved) is an officially endorsed tribute to legendary comedy duo The Blues Brothers, running through all the hits that got a generation boogieing. The energy from the start is infectious, with many audience members dancing in the aisles from the first number; the ensemble makes a real effort to maintain the energy throughout, even in ...

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Into The West – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer and Director: Greg Banks Musical Director: Thomas Johnson Reviewer: Claire Hayes Bristol-based theatre company Travelling Light is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Into the West, the show that first established its reputation, by reviving it for a new generation of young people. And such is the timelessness of this play’s vivid, lyrical storytelling that it seems as relevant and ...

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