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The Secret Keeper – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:  Angela Clerkin Directors: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J Skillbeck Reviewer: Joan Phillips The Secret Keeper is marketed is a political fairy tale for adults with a gothic heart, which all sounds very promising. But this is the first misleading disappointment in this bizarre play. The ‘secret keeper’ in this story is the daughter of the village doll’s house maker. She ...

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Ninagawa Macbeth –  Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer:  William Shakespeare Director: Yukio Ninagawa Reviewer: Joan Phillips If you think you have seen enough versions of Shakespeare then Yukio Ninagawa’s spectacular Macbeth is a wonderful reminder how his plays can be reinvented and resonate across different generations, and different cultures. There seems to be some sort of spiritual fit between Japanese classical culture and Shakespeare: the tragic themes; hand to ...

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Around the World in 80 Days – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Jules Verne (novel) Laura Eason (adaptation) Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Helen Tope The premise is simple: wealthy gentleman Phileas Fogg takes on a wager that will see him attempt to traverse the globe in 80 days. Leaving Victorian London with his loyal valet, Passepartout, they begin an extraordinary journey. It is a story so well known, but much of ...

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Funny Girl – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

woman in period costume sitting on sofa natasha barnes funny girl

Writer: Isobel Lennart Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Choreographer: Lynne Page Reviewer: Bryony Luther It is just over 50 years since Funny Girl was first performed in London in 1966. The lead role of Fanny Bryce was famously originated by Barbara Streisand, arguably providing her big break. This anniversary production began life at the Menier Chocolate Factory before ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roald Dahl (adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft) Music: Arthur Darvill Lyrics: Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft, Al Muriel Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Helen Tope Dead birds and boozy farmers; Fantastic Mr Fox starts off with a bang. Stuffed full of cruelty and avarice, this production bears all the hallmarks of Roald Dahl’s novel. Adapted by Sam ...

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King Lear – Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Two people blend into a dark background

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Natasha Buckley Reviewer: Helen Tope Created to professional standards, productions from local company, The Actors Wheel, have everything except the Equity card. Performed by students of Marjon University’s Acting programme, The Actors Wheel combines discipline and ambition in equal measure; taking on challenging work, and it’s safe to say, few plays possess the fearsome reputation of ...

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At The End We Begin – Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Man and woman movement on blue background

Music: Samuel Hall Choreographer: Richard Chappell Reviewer: Karen Bussell Inspired by T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, Rambert and Royal Ballet-trained and internationally acclaimed Richard Chappell has created a four-part, four-handed moody and dynamic dance. Based in Devon and London, Richard Chappell Dance is a five-year-old project-based collaborative company which aims to challenge the boundaries between classic ballet and contemporary dance. ...

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Dracula: The Bloody Truth  – The Plymouth Athenaeum

Writers: Le Navet Bete & John Nicholson Director: John Nicholson Reviewer: Karen Bussell Classic clowning, razor-sharp timing and frenetic pace are synonymous with Devon’s much-loved Le Navet Bete and its latest offering lives up to expectations. Directed by the current comedy director of the moment John Nicholson (Peepolykus) and designed by Phil Eddolls (Mark Bruce Company, Improbable Theatre) Dracula: The ...

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