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The Winters Tale – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Kris Hallett Cheek by Jowl's The Winters Tale is an interesting curate's egg of a production. For four fifths of its running time it is the richest work you will see anywhere, an ensemble whose depth of acting and richness in characterisation can be placed in the upper echelons of any acting troupe ...

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Jane Eyre – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

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Writer: Charlotte Brontë Director: Sally Cookson Music: Benji Bower Reviewer: Beverley Haigh 2017 marks the 170th anniversary of the first publication of Charlotte Brontë’s most famous work. Fittingly, Bristol Old Vic in collaboration with The National Theatre has brought Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation to the stage in a ground-breaking reimagining for modern audiences. As an enduring and landmark piece of ...

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La Strada- Bristol Old Vic

Original Film:  Federico Fellini Adaptor: Sally Cookson, Mike Ackers and Company Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer Kris Hallett Federico Fellini’s films have always felt ripe for theatrical reinvention but haven’t always worked when they eventually hit the stage. For every successful production, think 8 ½ turned into terrific Broadway musical Nine by Maury Yeston, there have been as many flops. Lionel ...

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Junkyard – Theatre Clwyd

Writers: Jack Thorne and Stephen Warbeck  Director: Jeremy Herrin  Reviewer: Clare Howdon  Junkyard, currently playing at Theatre Clwyd after a successful run at Bristol Old Vic, centres around a group of young misfits who are viewed by society at large as 'junk'. Crime, teenage pregnancy and violence abound, while their exasperated headmaster (Kevin McMonagle) struggles to know what to do ...

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Pink Mist – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

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Writer: Owen Sheers Directors: John Retallack and George Mann Reviewer:  John Kennedy Euphemisms used in modern warfare remain morally, not least mortally, ambiguous. ‘Friendly fire/collateral damage/blue on blue’ all deflect the realities of how both soldiers and civilians become explainable tactical and strategic statistics. In platform Gaming, ‘Pink Mist’ describes the score-count rewarding impact and exit of a high-velocity bullet ...

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Escaped Alone – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Caryl Churchill Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Claire Hayes It’s all too easy to dismiss four women of 70 years or more, sitting in a garden on a summer’s afternoon. At this time of life, women are often condemned to a cloak of creeping invisibility - good for a little childcare, but otherwise functionally irrelevant. In a compelling 50 minutes, ...

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Junkyard – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Jack Thorne Composer: Stephen Warbeck Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Tim Wright Jack Thorne’s star is very high in the sky indeed. After numerous screen writing credits and the runaway success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on stage in London, it’s with no small level of anticipation that his latest work Junkyard arrives in Bristol. Assembled alongside Headlong’s ...

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The Bear – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

 Director: Emma Earle &Hal Chambers Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts After their recent success with Father Christmas, Pins and Needles Productions bring their take on another Raymond Briggs classic to Bristol Old Vic Theatre and it does not disappoint. From catchy songs to magical puppetry The Bear has it all as it leaps from page to stage. The Bear follows the story of Tilly, played by Lily ...

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