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The Real Thing – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Gareth Davies In 1982, when Tom Stoppard's play was first staged, Ronald Reagan had made the perhaps unlikely journey from film star to commander in chief, transitioning from an acting career to become President of the United States. Thirty years later, in the era of 'fake news', the question of truth, authenticity and ...

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Aladdin – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreographer: David Bintley Music: Carl Davis Reviewer: Helen Tope Aladdin, with its magic Genie and flying carpet, may not seem the most obvious choice for a ballet. But in a brand new production, Birmingham Royal Ballet makes a compelling case as to why we should take this pantomime favourite much more seriously. The challenge Birmingham Royal Ballet has is in the reshaping of ...

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Nothing like the Sun – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Performers: The Gavin Bryars Ensemble Reviewer: Ron Simpson Nothing like the Sun was commissioned by Opera North and the Royal Shakespeare Company some ten years ago. Now the Gavin Bryars Ensemble has brought his song-cycle based on Shakespeare’s sonnets to the Howard Assembly Room. As it runs to about 50 minutes, it is usually supplemented by other works. In its ...

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Vamos Cuba! – Peacock Theatre, London

Artistic Director and Choreographer: Nilda Guerra Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Airports are the some of the most frustrating places in the world. Despite the excitement and anticipation of the holiday destinations ahead, the trudge through airport security and the overcrowded lounge feel like a chore. How much worse all this is when your plane is delayed, and endless hours of waiting ...

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The Steamie – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Tony Roper Director: Tony Roper Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys There’s a nostalgia for, and great expectations of, any production of Tony Roper’s Glasgow classic, The Steamie, thankfully, audiences can rest assured that this 30th anniversary production does the much-loved work complete justice. Hogmanay, a Glasgow wash house. The race is on to get the laundry done before the midnight bells. ...

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An Audience With… – Festival Theatre Empire Rooms, Edinburgh

Created by Janice Parker and Performers Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A more life-affirming, moving and ultimately inspiring "happening" (in the words of the performers), you are unlikely to experience than An Audience With... Created after choreographer and dance-maker Janice Parker put a call out to dancers from the Variety era who had performed on the stage of the Empire (now Festival) ...

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Keith Jack: Movie Nights – Wild Cabaret, Glasgow

a man, keith jack in front of a theatre auditorium

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Astonishingly, it's a decade since Dalkeith native Keith Jack was runner up in the BBC's search for a 'Joseph' in Any Dream Will Do. Only 19 years old at the time, much has happened in the ensuing years, with Jack eventually donning the technicolour coat on the tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Currently on ...

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Yana and Yeti – 1532 Performing Arts Centre, Bristol

Writer: Pickled Image and Hattie Naylor Director: Emma Lloyd Reviewer: Swati Arora The Norwegian landscape is the protagonist in this visually stunning story of Yana as she finds herself in the middle of unfamiliar mountains and people, far away from home. This beautiful production is well-crafted and is performed to gorgeous music as Yana finds shelter and friendship in Yeti ...

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