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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as the ‘world’s most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll musical, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story has come to Cardiff’s New Theatre. Seen by more than 22 million people in over 25,000 shows worldwide, the show has been running for 27 years since it first opened in London, and charts the ‘golden ...

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Shirley Valentine – New Theatre, Cardiff

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Holiday time is here, and with it come thoughts of jetting off to exotic climes, sunshine and wine, with maybe a touch of romance thrown in.  How timely, then, is a revival of Shirley Valentine, Willy Russell’s enduringly popular 1986 rom-com.  First written as a one-act play, it was presented on ...

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The Graduate, New Theatre – Cardiff

Writer: Charles Webb Stage Adaptation: Terry Johnson Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The sexual mores of the Sixties are the background for The Graduate.  Laughable as they may seem in some respects to the youth of today, seen against the sexual culture of the time they have their place in social history.  Despite this, it is almost impossible to ...

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The Crucible – New Theatre Cardiff

A mand and woman stand facing one another, his hands on her arms

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Chilling in its relevance to the fanaticism that is threatening us as we go about our business today, this new production of the American classic The Crucible, based on the true story of the Witches of Salem, which was adapted for the screen in 1996 and won Miller an Academy award ...

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Gaslight – New Theatre, Cardiff

Gaslight Kara Tointon as Bella Manningham; Rupert Young as Jack Manningham

Writer: Patrick Hamilton Director: Anthony Banks   Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A classic Victorian melodrama with psychological undertones, Gaslight was written and first produced in 1939 but has all the elements of the era in which it is set.  Not least of these is the title, which gave rise to the term ‘Gaslighting,’meaning a form of mental abuse – domestic abuse ...

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The Verdict – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Barry Reed Adapted for stage by Margaret May Hobbs Director and Designer: Michael Lunney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Reputedly “The best courtroom drama novel in years” when it was published in 1980, Margaret May Hobbs’ adaptation of Barry Reed’s crime novel The Verdict is staged for the first time by the Middle Ground Theatre Company. On the whole, this ...

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Richard Greenburg, from the novella by Truman Capote Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Harry Mottram Here’s the thing: she looks good, sounds okay and indeed Georgia May Foote puts in a decent performance as Holly Golightly. The problem is not her, it’s the play itself. Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a perfectly balanced short novel while the film with ...

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The Mousetrap – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Allegedly the cleverest murder mystery in the history of British theatre, Agatha Christie’s legendary whodunit The Mousetrap is the longest running show not only in the UK but in the world. A twister in every sense of the world, it has clocked up almost 65 years of running continuously since it ...

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