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Tell Me on a Sunday – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Jodie Prenger in Tell Me On A Sunday

Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyricist: Don Black Director: Paul Foster Musical Director: Peter McCarthy Reviewer:Marina Waters For one night only, the latest revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s well-known one-woman musicalTell Me On A Sundaytakes to the stage at Theatre Royal Plymouth’s Lyric space. The sole role is ably commanded by well-loved national television success story Jodie Prenger, ...

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Silver & Gould – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Director: Rosie Mullin Reviewer: Laura Hesketh Innovative storytellers Substance &Shadow nearly hit the bulls eye with a new tale of desperation, the working class and - of course- darts with their original play Silver and Gould. Since 2012 Substance &Shadow have been captivating audiences with minimalist, intimate and edgy performances and while Silver &Gould is no exception the new tale ...

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The Diary of a Hounslow Girl – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer and Performer: Ambreen Razia Director:Sophie Moniram Reviewer: Chris Oldham Rushing into her bedroom after the latest in a long line of personal catastrophes, 16-year-old Shahida (writer and performer Ambreen Razia), a British-Muslim girl from Hounslow, is ready to talk, determined to do her story justice so that we understand fully where and how it all went wrong. Razia's script ...

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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – Bristol Old Vic

Writer:Daniel Jamieson Director:Emma Rice Musical Director: Ian Ross Reviewer: Claire Hayes Celebration is in the air at Bristol Old Vic, as the UK’s oldest working theatre marks the 250th anniversary of its opening. And the birthday festivities continue this week in collaboration with the ever-exuberant Kneehigh, bringing Emma Rice’s final production for the Cornish company, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, ...

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HMS Pinafore – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: W S Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director:Sasha Regan Reviewer: Claire Hayes Sasha Regan’s all-male take on Gilbert &Sullivan’s Victorian classic H.M.S. Pinafore was originally staged at Southwark’s Union Theatre over two years ago, but feels just as pin-sharp in this 2016 tour as when it first set sail. Based below decks in a Second World War battleship, sailors lounge ...

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The Complete Deaths – Hall for Cornwall, Truro

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Jess Rowe Ill-fitting the 400th anniversary of the decease of England’s greatest playwright; SpyMonkey, renowned for their physical comedy, have devised their own absurd creation inspired by the Bard’s famous narratives. Bringing together the ‘complete’ number (75) of onstage deaths, so no Lady Macbeth I'm afraid, deaths range from the bloodbath ...

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Before I Leave – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer:Patrick Jones Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Jacqui Onions National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre take on the difficult subject of dementia in their new play Before I Leave - and they do it with empathy, humour and love. This topic is huge and Patrick Jones' script tackles it from as many angles as possible without ever feeling like there ...

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Avenue Q – Exeter Northcott

Sarah Harlington (Kate) and Richard Lowe (Princeton) in Avenue Q 2016 UK Tour

Book: Jeff Whitty Music/Lyrics:Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer:Charlotte Robson What do you do with a BA in English? If you're the Sell a Door Theatre Company, sing about it! And about love, purpose, repression, dreams, discrimination and the intimate doings of puppets. Avenue Q is, above and before all else, hilarious. Living on the eponymous cramped ...

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