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La Strada – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Bart Soroczynski as Il Matto (The Fool) and ensemble

Music: Benji Bower Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight La Strada is a beautiful, mesmerising, poetic piece of theatre. Based on the Oscar-winning 1954 film of the same name by Federico Fellini, it tells the story of the naïve and credulous Gelsomina, whose mother is so poor she accepts cash for her daughter from the travelling strongman Zampanò. Gelsomina accompanies ...

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STAGE SHOT: Peter Pan – National Theatre

Today the National Theatre released the production images for their annual family Christmas show. This year's treat is an adaptation of J.M Barrie's Peter Pan in a co-production between with Bristol Old Vic. When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland ...

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

We're Going On A Bearhunt

Book: Michael Rosen Director and Adapter: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   Today’s parents are often said to be nervous about allowing their children enjoy lively outdoor games. Fear not, here’s a chance for your kids to wallow in the fantasy of those wonderful messy games from a safe-ish distance. Safe-ish in that the cast do invade the auditorium with ...

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Hetty Feather – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Aerial Skills on show in Hetty Feather

Writer: Jacqueline Wilson, adapted by Emma Reeves Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Victorian England. A desperate young mother is unable to care for her fiery-haired baby daughter. What can she do to give her the best start? Why, enter the Foundling Hospital lottery, of course, where a few will be taken in, clothed, fed, given a name and ...

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The Trojan Women – Bristol Old Vic Studio

Writer: Euripides (adapted by Brendan Kennelly) Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Joan Phillips   Before the lights go down the sparse, grey, barren set of Bristol Old Vic Studio, already scattered with the bodies of the fallen heroes of the Trojan War, gives an immediate sense of foreboding in Sally Cookson’s The Trojan Women. The queens and daughters of the slaughtered ...

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Jane Eyre – Bristol Old Vic

The cast of Jane Eyre at Bristol Old Vic

Author: Charlotte Brontë Music: Benji Bower Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Laura Hesketh   After an incredible run at London’s National Theatre, Sally Cookson’s epic reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre returns to Bristol Old Vic as a single thrilling piece of drama. Unlike many screen adaptations that have portrayed Brontë’s novel as a romance, Cookson and the ensemble’s interpretation of ...

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Hetty Feather – Theatre Royal, Bath

The cast of Hetty Feather

Writer: Jacqueline Wilson Adaptor: Emma Reeves Composer: Benji Bower Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Claire Hayes   It’s not easy touring a family show in chilly January, with pantomime season at an end and the tinsel packed away for another year. But this doesn’t stop families of all ages – and mothers and daughters in particular - from enthusiastically turning out ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Bristol Old Vic

Kezrena James as Deilan rescues Prince Percy as the Wise Women look on

Devised: by The Company Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Chris Oldham Pantomimes. Love them or hate them, they're traditionally raucous, noisy affairs holding little interest for any adults in the audience. Thank goodness then, for the Old Vic's offering this festive season. Much like many big screen animations these days, there's just as much here for the grown-ups as the children, ...

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