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The Nutcracker – Theatre Royal Bath

Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Conductor: Vadim Perevoznikov Director: Marina Medvetskaya Reviewer: Claire Hayes The wrapping may be a little old fashioned, but Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet’s presentation of The Nutcracker still offers a selection box of colourful treats for all ages. This piece is performed in repertoire with Swan Lake - seen at the Theatre Royal earlier in the week ...

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Zips – Bike Shed Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Simon Marshall Director: Alice Wordsworth &Erin Blackmore Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Part of The Bike Shed Theatres’ From Devon With Love season of local offerings comes Zips, the story of Dan and his life in the sleepy sea side town of Teignmouth.A work in progress performance by A&E Productions, the cast and crew of Zips had just 2 weeks to ...

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Pink Mist  – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Owen Sheers Director: John Retallack and George Mann Reviewer: Tim Wright ‘Three of us did, what boys always have and left their homes for war". This is the story of Taff, Arthur and Hads who left their homes in Bristol to fight in Afghanistan. Originally written for radio it now pulsates with a mix of physical theatre, dance and ...

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The Moot Virginity of Catherine of Aragon – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer &Director: Conor Mitchell Reviewer: Beth Steer With one passionate actress, a room full of soft furnishings and a finale involving a real deceased pig's head, The Moot Virginity of Catherine of Aragon is definitely different. Based on the turbulent life and death of Henry VIII's first bride, the piece is a 50-minute-long monologue, underscored by crashing and haunting live ...

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Mamma Mia! – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Music and Lyrics: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Choreographer: Anthony Van Laast Reviewer: Hannah Stamp Bursting with colour, comedy, dance moves that pack a punch and Abba’s much-beloved music, Mamma Mia is bursting with as much sunshine as the Greek island its set on. A slightly rocky start with a few repetitive and slightly ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Writer: Joe Penhall Music: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Do not dismiss this as another jukebox musical. Sunny Afternoon uses the music of The Kinks to tell the band's story from the perspective of singer/song writer Ray Davies (Ryan O'Donnell). The Kinks have an interesting story to tell, from on stage fights to being banned from touring ...

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Pride and Prejudice – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Jane Austen Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Deborah Bruce Reviewer: Claire Hayes Regent’s Park Theatre’s revival of its 2013 open-air Pride and Prejudice comes to the Theatre Royal in Bath, following in the literary footsteps of its previous productions To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies. In a city that claims Jane Austen as one of its own ...

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The Love Of The Nightingale – Bierkeller Bristol

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Miranda Cromwell Reviewer: Kris Hallett After the sugary excesses of the Christmas season trust Bristol Old Vic’s Young Company to start a new year of theatre with something as bracing as Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play The Love Of The Nightingale. Originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988, its themes of male privilege and issues of consent seems ...

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