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Wonderland – Bristol Hippodrome

Steven Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd & Jack Murphy Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Jack Murphy Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Chris Oldham With stage adaptations of fairy tales featuring heavily in the landscape of musical theatre, it's perhaps surprising that a show based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has, for the most part, yet to make an impact. Director Lotte Wakeham, and musician ...

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Best of BE Festival – Circomedia, Bristol

Two men with fluorescent strip lights

Companies: Oliver Zahn, Sotterraneo & Compagnie Philippe Saire Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller Three groundbreaking performance companies. One night. Best of BE Festival takes three radically different performances from companies across Europe and leaves us open-mouthed. Drawing across dance, performance, physical theatre and live art, the genre-bending selection of pieces presents an exciting picture of European theatre arts today. We begin ...

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The Best Thing – The Lighthouse, Poole

Vamos Theatre in The Best Thing

Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Sophie Huggins With a stage full of hair rollers, block colour and crackling records, it is a natural instinct and instant pleasure to be swept along to the world of the swinging sixties in this vibrant production. Full mask theatre company, Vamos Theatre energetically tell a story of youth, sex and consequence in extremely surprising ways. ...

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Babe: The Sheep Pig, Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Adaptor: David Wood Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Simon Topping As the audience enter the theatre their eyes are drawn to the stage and the sheep pen, which is constructed upon it, where four innocent looking “sheep” bustle and baa together.  As the lights drop the sheep begin to sing and dance in unison.  There are audible whispers of “Wow” from ...

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Measure for Measure – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alistair Ganley Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare’s 'problem plays’ and any production has certain elements of the story that are hard for a modern Western audience to relate to, including the main dilemma (Isabella's reluctance to betray her vow of chastity to save her brother, who has been condemned to death ...

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt  – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts  From the director of The National Theatre’s 2016 production of Peter Pan and countless other family theatre favourites Sally Cookson comes We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Adapted from the book of the same name by Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, this is a story that a lot of children are already familiar with and ...

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Etch – The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth

Devised by: Heather Walrond, Laura Henry, Lucy Freeman and Victoria Malin Original score: Magdalena Walker Director: Claire Summers Reviewer: Karen Bussell South West dance company with a difference, and making a difference, Exim brings a layered reminiscent piece invoking childhood memories and joie de vivre. The four white-clad dancers make their presence felt long before a note is played or ...

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Funny Girl – Bristol Hippodrome

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Director: Michael Mayer Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Reviewer: Chris Oldham Not long after completing its engagement at London's Savoy Theatre, Funny Girl arrives at the Bristol Hippodrome this week. And with Sheridan Smith at the top of bill, expectation couldn't be higher. Fanny Brice (Smith) is a young Jewish girl growing ...

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