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Echo’s End – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: David Jobson We’re already halfway through the centenary of the First World War, and many writers have been delving into the period looking for a different perspective on this turbulent period. For this latest contribution, playwright Barney Norris has brought a local point of view to the Salisbury Playhouse Echo’s End transports the ...

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King Lear – Bristol Old Vic

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Tom Morris Reviewer:Claire Hayes There may have been a glut of King Lears already in Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year, but never has one felt more apposite in its post-Brexit timing than this production from Bristol Old Vic. Timothy West takes on the role of a leader brought down and driven mad by his own actions, bequeathing ...

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Never Swim Alone – Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Daniel Maclvor Director: Cameron Carver Reviewer: Kris Hallett What does it take to be the ideal man? In the 50s, it was the cool, Rat Pack repartee of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr; the 60s, the Everyman charms of Steve McQueen. By the 80s it was the behemoths of Arnie and Stallone, today it's Gosling and Clooney that ...

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The Tempest – Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Donnacadh O'Briain Reviewer: Kris Hallett   Two of the Bard Of Avon’s works have opened in quick succession this week in Bristol. They are as different as chalk and cheese, Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory’s Hamlet is clear, crystalline and a little staid in its safety, Bristol Old Vic’s Theatre School is playful, sometimes enchanting, sometimes ...

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The Wind In The Willows – Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

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Writer: Kenneth Grahame Adapter: Alan Bennett Director: Ed Viney Reviewer: Kris Hallett Poop! Poop! Bristol Old Vic Theatre School begins the Christmas season with a beautifully realised version of Alan Bennett'sThe Wind In The Willowswhich will provide joy for all, young and old alike. What it lacks in the stage magic that brought the original so vividly to life at ...

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7 Veils: An Evening with Mata Hari– The Swan Inn, Dobcross

Writer: Abi Hynes Director: Alice Robinson Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard The Swan Inn at Dobcross is fast becoming the go to venue for cutting edge theatre as well as jazz shows and other cultural events. This evening is no exception with the venue hosting Faro Productions in conjunction with Studio Salford’s 7 Veils in conjunction with Oldham Coliseum as part of ...

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Re:play 2015 : Colder Than Here – Home, Manchester

Writer: Laura Wade Director: Alyx Tole Reviewer: Jim Gillespie As part of the Re:play festival, What A Little Bird Told Me Theatre have transferred their production from Salford’s Kings Arms to the glitz of HOME’s temporary venue in an office block at First Street. Laura Wade’s play is aptly described as “a tragicomedy about death and how life goes on”. ...

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The Lives and Loves of Vera Dymond – 24:7 Theatre Festival, Manchester

Writer Jayne Marshall Music: Tom Byrne Director: Chris Salt Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The 24:7 Theatre Festival always offers a varied programme but even so the inclusion of a musical comes as something of a surprise. But then even writer Jayne Marshall and director Chris Salt seem unsure about the concept, as the first song doesn’t occur until 20 minutes into ...

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