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Tosca – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Music: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica (with an English translation by Amanda Holden) Director/Designer: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Leah Tozer  On its turn of the century debut, Puccini’s opera about death, desire and deception was termed a ‘shabby little shocker’ by the press, but there’s nothing shabby about Opera Project’s co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatres. ...

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The Truman Capote Talk Show – Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

Writer/ Director/ Performer: Bob Kingdom Reviewer: Joan Phillips In The Truman Capote Talk Show, Bob Kingdom once again captures his subject as perfectly as he did in Dylan Thomas: Return Journey. Dressed in a rather dandy hat, expensive suit with matching jumper and socks, Capote enters the stage and takes his seat under the spotlight for 70 minutes of chat about his favourite subject ...

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The Addams Family – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Choreographer: Alistair David Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Originally created by cartoonist Charles Addams, the Addams Family are a satirical and ghoulish group of characters that make up a happily dysfunctional family. They are perfectly content with their passion for all things dark and macabre. The original Broadway ...

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The Real Thing – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Claire Hayes Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing dazzled when it was first produced in 1982, both for the intelligence and precision of his writing and the performances of Felicity Kendal and Roger Rees in the leading roles. Thought to be one of his most autobiographical plays, its themes of marital infidelity and the pursuit of ...

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Living with the Lights On – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer and performer: Mark Lockyer Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: Claire Hayes Mark Lockyer portrayed a convincingly complex Iago in the Tobacco Factory’s Othello earlier this year, unleashing the dark and destructive forces of a master manipulator on those most deserving of his loyalty. Now he returns to the Factory Theatre in his one-man show Living with the Lights On, recounting ...

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Around the World in 80 Days – The New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Jules Verne Adapter: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Beth Steer In a clever adaptation by Laura Eason, Around the World in 80 Days tracks Phileas Fogg (Andrew Pollard), perhaps the world’s most famous fictional explorer, as he stakes his life’s fortune on a bet that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. The mysteriously wealthy Fogg and his ...

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Douglas McGrath Music / Lyrics: Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Helen Tope Tapestry is no ordinary record. A chronicle of heartbreak and hope, even forty years after its release in 1971, it continues to speak to men and women about the nature of love. Carole King’s remarkable album is just part of ...

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The River – Loco Klub, Bristol

Writer: Jez Butterworth. Music: Yuan Hu Director: Matt Holmquist Designer: April Dalton Reviewer: Julia Beasley Dark, cavernous and a bit spooky, the old ash pits of Bristol’s Temple Meads railway station make a hauntingly lovely setting for The River.  No doubt about it, this is one of the city’s most atmospheric theatrical venues.  Wear warm clothing – and be prepared ...

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