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1972:The Future Of Sex – The Playhouse, Salisbury

Writers: Tom Brennan, Tom Crosley-Thorne, Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Jesse Jones, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Helena Middleton, James Newton, Ben Vardy, Edythe Wooley Director: Tom Brennan and Jesse Jones Music: Tom Crosely-Thorne Reviewer:David Jobson Welcome to the 1970s: the decade of the sexual revolution. Birth control was easily accessible, porn became mainstream, attitudes towards different sexualities were changing, and the ...

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Half Life – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: John Mighton Director: Nancy Meckler Reviewer: Claire Hayes When memories fade, what is there left of us? John Mighton’s play examines issues of memory and identity; how reality blurs with age, the balance shifts and we become more diminished by what we have forgotten than defined by our recall of the past. It’s a subject matter that reflects the ...

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The Mountaintop – The Other Room, Porter’s, Cardiff

Writer: Katori Hall Director: Abdul Shayek Reviewer: Beth Steer Set in Memphis, Tennessee, in the Louisiana Motel where civil rights leader The Reverend Martin Luther King spent his last night before his assassination, The Mountaintop is a show like no other. As King tries to relax after his work with the Sanitation Workers Strike (April1968), he is met in his ...

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The Little Shop of Horrors – Cardiff New Theatre

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors.

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Reviewer: Beth Steer The Little Shop of Horrors, one of the longest running off-Broadway musicals of all time, makes its entertaining debut at Cardiff's New Theatre this week. Telling the story of Seymour Krelborn (Sam Lupton), an orphan taken in as the assistant at Mushnik’s Flower Shop in ...

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The Terrible Things I’ve Done – The Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Alan Harris Director: Sita Calvert-Ennals Reviewer: Chris Oldham Confession, apparently, is good for the soul. But what exactly constitutes a terrible thing? It's a question that feels like it should be posed at the very beginning of Invisible Ink'sThe Terrible Things I've Done. Instead, it comes right atthe end. Performers Lynn Hunter, Hannah McPake, and Francois Pandolfo begin perched ...

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And Then Came The Nightjars – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Bea Roberts Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer: David Jobson The 2001 foot-and-mouth epidemic devastated farming communities and its effects linger even today. Fifteen years on, West Country playwright, Bea Roberts, has taken her experiences of that year to write this beautifully crafted play. The play follows Michael and Jeff, a farmer and vet respectively on a small family farm in ...

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Kiss Me, Kate – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

  Writers: Bella and Samuel Spewick Composer &Lyricist: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Chris Williams After the serious operas Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice, the Welsh National Opera ends its autumn season celebrating Shakespeare400 by bringing us the frothy Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. Divorced, bickering Broadway stars Fred Graham and Lili Vanessi are putting on ...

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The Mousetrap – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Allegedly the cleverest murder mystery in the history of British theatre, Agatha Christie’s legendary whodunit The Mousetrap is the longest running show not only in the UK but in the world. A twister in every sense of the world, it has clocked up almost 65 years of running continuously since it ...

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