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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Bristol Hippodrome

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Claire Hayes If it’s light-hearted escapist entertainment you’re after then the jazz age Thoroughly Modern Millie, with Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton asserting her musical theatre credentials in the title role, could just fit the bill. Be warned though, around the edges, ...

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Infinity Pool and Eurohouse – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writers and Performers: Bea Roberts (Infinity Pool) Nasi Voustas and Bertrand Lesca (Eurohouse) Reviewer: Kris Hallett A spirit of collaboration is currently occurring in Bristol where two of Bristol Ferments - an incubator for new work supported by Bristol Old Vic - recent success stories are playing at Tobacco Factory Theatres. In an era where a proliferation of hour long ...

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Julius Caesar – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Claire Hayes With controversy over Trump-as-Caesar raging in New York, the latest collaboration between Bristol Old Vic and its theatre school seems set on a similar theme. As an examination of a society in the process of destroying itself, their contemporary production of Julius Caesar feels at least as relevant to the political ...

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

Writer: Mark Haddon Adaptor: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva To adapt Mark Haddon’s best-selling and award-winning book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is no small feat, but Simon Stephens is more than up to the task. It’s a story about a teenage boy with behavioural problems named Christopher Boone, who after finding the ...

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While We’re Here – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes A typical suburban living room in Havant plays host to Barney Norris’s latest excursion into the lives of the lonely and unfulfilled. Carol and Eddie were lovers many years ago and meeting up again, seemingly by chance, she takes him in; no small gesture for Carol, whose existence has become contained. ...

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Dylan Thomas: Return Journey – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Bob Kingdom Director: Anthony Hopkins Reviewer G.D.Mills In Bob Kingdom’s one man show Dylan Thomas: Return Journey, the spirit of that hard-drinking, hard-line poet seems to have floated back to haunt us. Originally directed by Anthony Hopkins, this critically acclaimed production, performed on and off for over twenty years now, returns to Bristol after sell-out seasons Off-Broadway and in ...

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Grease – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Book, Music, and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Laura Hesketh Grease is the word as the touring revival of the smash-hit musical comes rockin' and rollin' to Bristol Hippodrome. Complete with hand jives, quiffs and swing skirts this new production, while underwhelming at times, is the perfect opportunity to take a nostalgic trip down memory ...

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Sirens – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writers: Karolien De Bleser, Charlotte De Bruyne, Aurélie Lannoy, Marjan De Schutter, Anemone Valcke, Verona Verbakel Director: Alexander Devriendt Reviewer: G.D. Mills In Sirens the all-female Belgian company Ontroerend Goed adopt a concert-style approach to launch a sustained attack on the inequality between the sexes. Unflinching and occasionally funny, there is nevertheless a nagging sense that this performance treads a well-worn ...

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