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Then Again – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Created and devised by Tremolo Theatre Company Directors: Helena Middleton and Jack Drewry Reviewer: Joan Phillips This short 60-minute play downstairs in The Lab performing space at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth is a light-hearted, but cautionary, tale about relationships in the digital age. Created and devised by Bristol-based Tremolo Theatre Company, Then Again tells the story of the awkward Millie, who ...

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The Sleeper – The Space, London

  Writer and Director: Henry C Krempels Reviewer: Richard Maguire Around halfway into this play, set on a train travelling from Venice to Paris, the actors suddenly call for the house lights to be switched on and then ask the audience ‘Will this play solve the refugee crisis?’ Although the audience are never required to answer this question, the reply, ...

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Book by Douglas McGrath Words and music by Gerry Goffin & Carole King, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Choreographer: Josh Prince Reviewer: Julia Beasley Anyone old enough to remember Carole King in 1971 probably has a soft spot for Tapestry, the classic album that confirmed her as one of the best singer-songwriters ever. Intimate and articulate ...

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Jersey Boys – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Des McAnuff Writer: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Choreographer: Sergio Trujillo Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The rise and fall of four unlikely stars from Jersey is well documented, yet few know the real story of how Frankie Castelluccio and his questionable chums became one of the most recognisable quartets in music. So who better to tell the tale than the ...

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Cinderella – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Prokofiev Choreography: Matthew Bourne, OBE Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Justly famed for his innovative choreography, Matthew Bourne seldom disappoints. His Cinderella, is no exception, as long as you are prepared to ditch any preconceived ideas regarding the traditional treatment of the story. Cinderella is a love story and still a pivotal ingredient of Bourne’s darker New Adventures production, but in ...

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Great Expectations – The Opera House, Buxton

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: Ken Bentley Director: Sophie Bryce Couzens Reviewer: Jim Gillespie While Dickens semi-autobiographical 1861 novel focuses on the childhood and early manhood of Phillip Pirrip, or Pip, the central character is vastly overshadowed by the majestic ruin that is Miss Havisham. Abandoned on her wedding day, and living among the decaying wreckage of her wedding breakfast, the ...

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ART – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Yasmina Reza   Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones   Original Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood ART, a French play and an Old Vic Production, made its West End debut in 1996 winning numerous awards.  The comedy is currently touring the UK, including a run at the Leeds Grand Theatre where it plays until 7 April.  ART is solely ...

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Death of a Hunter – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Rolf Hochhuth Adaptor: Peter Thiers Translator: Peter Sutton Director: Anthony Shrubsall Reviewer: Stephen Bates On 2 July 1961, the bell tolled for Ernest Hemingway, literary icon of the mid 20th Century. His tempestuous life had encompassed four marriages, the lively bars of Havana and the deadly battlegrounds of three wars in Europe, but, in the early hours of that ...

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