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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Simon Stephens Based on the novel by: Mark Haddon Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Beth Steer Chronicling the investigative attempts of Christopher, a teenager with Asperger's Syndrome, to solve the murder of a dog stabbed to death with a garden fork in the middle of the night, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a tale of ...

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Shrek The Musical – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Tour Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Joan Phillips It is hard to put a foot wrong with a musical stage version of this immensely successful film. Shrek (the movie) was a blockbuster and Oscar-winning success on its release in 2001. Shrek The Musical has been filling theatres since it first hit New York ...

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Talking Heads – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Claire Hayes Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads made an indelible mark as a series of BBC TV monologues in the 1980s. Now Theatre Royal Bath, with many a successful Bennett production already under its belt, has revived three of the most highly acclaimed episodes for the second slot of its 2015 Summer Season. Set ...

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U.Dance 2015 (Saturday) – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Reviewer: Karen Bussell The tremendous U.Dance 2015 festival final afternoon showcased The National Youth Dance Company alongside four groups selected through U.Dance New Dimensions. An inspiring extract of Frame[d], choreographed by Sadler’s Wells associate artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoti, featured some 38 cream of the crop youngsters in a fusion of martial arts, Indian classical, hip hop, robotics, writhing, gymnastics and ...

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U.Dance 2015 – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Reviewer: Karen Bussell Twleve young companies from around the UK exploded thick and fast onto the Lyric stage on the second night of the three-day U.Dance 2015 festival and, boy, did the mixed audience appreciate the energy and commitment displayed. The East Midland’s Moving Together opened the show with a thoughtful piece Acoustic Ecology set to live and pre-recorded soundscapes ...

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Jersey Boys – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman/Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A story to tug at your heartstrings and music to thrill: that’s Jersey Boys in a nutshell. The true story of the “four lads from the wrong side of the tracks” who got together to form the group which became Frankie Valli and the ...

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The Heist – The Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

Written and directed by: Heretical Productions Reviewer: Chris Oldham Something's stirring at the Alma Tavern Theatre. Heretical Productions are previewing for Edinburgh. Greeted by the super-talented Alex Howgego on keyboard, the audience sit before a simple black stage framed with black curtains, shortly before being thrown into the hectic world of Marmaduke Blennerhasset (Adam Booker), the world's greatest thief who ...

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Oklahoma! – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Claire Hayes Oklahoma! two-steps into the Bristol Hippodrome with its much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, infectiously energetic dances and a sunny side up storyline more complex than the opening boy-meets-girl scenario might suggest. Director Rachel Kavanaugh and her choreographer Drew McOnie’s new version of this 1943 musical ...

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