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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Adaptor: David Edgar Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Richard Maguire What if man were made of two halves? A base half and a higher half? And what if one half spoke in a posh Edinburgh brogue and the other in a thick Glaswegian accent? These are the questions asked in the Rose Theatre’s confusing new production of ...

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The Sleeping Beauty – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Marius Petipa/Peter Wright Reviewer: John Kennedy Shamelessly romantic, this Sleeping Beauty awakens the senses through a seduction of somnambulant stealth. Firmly in the classical repertoire’s treasure-chest marked Opulent Baroque: Excess In All Arenas, tonight’s extravagant costume-drama from the wardrobe of Mount Olympus blushes not a jot at its OTT self-indulgence. Philip Prowse’s design, an opulent neo-classical Renaissance ...

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Aladdin – Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer: David Bintley Composer: Carl Davis Reviewer: John Kennedy Ennui-induced moments of desperate TV multi-channel surfing can hardly avoid a repeat somewhere of the groundbreaking 1981 World At War documentary series, or that career-defining scene in Pride & Prejudice where Colin Firth’s Darcy plunges with svelte-pelt otter eroticism in to that balm-bathing ornamental pond. Carl Davis’ compositions, indeed, are ever to the fore. Tonight, ...

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Madama Butterfly – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Annilese Miskimmon Reviewer: Lu Greer Many of the audience in attendance for Madama Butterfly have seen countless Glyndebourne performances before, and they’ve always been carefully staged, beautifully performed, and deeply moving. Annilese Miskimmon directing of this run of a much-loved classic, however, has led to a re-imagining of much of ...

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The Silver Gym – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurh

The Silver Gym, at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Writer : Nichola McAuliffe Director : Glen Walford Reviewer: Michael Gray In Nichola McAuliffe's brand new comedy, The Silver Gym, she stars as ex-army captain, Stella, who buys an ailing gymnasium and aims to turn it around. With the dilapidated premises, she inherits a life-size cut-out of Uncle Ho, former owner and failed criminal, plus the worse-than-useless dogsbody Doucette (Houmi ...

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Sylvia – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Léo Delibes Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Sylvia, a pastoral ballet based on a 16th-century Italian play, was first performed in Paris in 1876. It proved an instant hit, and has since been performed by ballet companies all over the world with artists such as Margot Fonteyn dancing the title rôle. However, in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production, ...

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WNO: Pelléas and Mélisande – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Claude Debussy Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Denis Lennon Welsh National Opera’s production of Claude Debussy’s Pelléas and Mélisande emanates a stench of death around the Donald Gordon Theatre at the Wales Millennium Centre. The aesthetic is almost medieval in its style from the enormous skeleton that encapsulates the set (Johan Engels), to the black and silver ...

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Orfeo ed Euridice, Festival Theatre – Edinburgh

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck Conductor: Kenneth Montgomery Designer: Johan Engels Director/Choreographer: Ashley Page Lighting Designer: Mark Jonathan Reviewer: S.E. Webster Just over 250 years since the first performance of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, the classic reform opera has been resurrected by Scottish Opera and given a facelift in the process, transporting Orfeo to the 1950s. Performing in the star rôle ...

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