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Jersey Boys – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Des McAnuff Book: Marshall Brickman / Rick Elice Music / Lyrics: Bob Gaudio / Bob Crewe Reviewer: Helen Tope If you had to place a bet on how Jersey Boys begins, I would imagine a French rap would not figure at the top of your list. A startling opening for a jukebox musical, Jersey Boys declares its point of ...

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Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf – York Theatre Royal, Studio

Devised by Annie Castledine, Steve Trafford and Elizabeth Mansfield Writer/Translator: Steve Trafford Director: Damien Cruden Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s telling that the first credit on Hymn to Love – Homage to Piaf goes to the devisers, not the writer or director. It’s an effective dramatic concept that works well in combination with some timeless songs, but the text is limited ...

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Tremor – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Written by: Brad Birch Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Beth Steer The latest play by Brad Birch, a recipient of the Harold Pinter Commission, Tremor has the potential to promise an evening of tense, nail-biting theatre. The short, one-act play charts the reunion of two individuals, Sophie (Lisa Diveney) and Tom (Paul Rattray), as they come together again, four years after ...

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Art – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Yazmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Music: Gary Yershon Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Janet Jepson Art always gives the appearance of being a quintessentially middle-class English drama, performed by traditional middle-aged actors on a contemporary set. However, it is somewhat surprising to learn that the work was originally written in French by Yasmina Reza, a Russian/Iranian/Hungarian/Jewish playwright from Paris. Translator ...

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La Forza del Destino – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: David Pountney Conductor: Carlo Rizzi Set designer: Raymond Bauer Reviewer: Julia Beasley The force of destiny is not in Leonora’s favour. Against her father’s wishes, she plans to elope with a freedom fighter. It all goes wrong when he accidentally kills her dad. Her brother vows to avenge his father’s death. Leonora runs away and becomes a hermit. The ...

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This Restless State – Phoenix, Exeter

Writer: Danielle Pearson Music: Ella Wahlstrom Director: Jemima James Reviewer: Georgie Bird This Restless State is performed by Jesse Fox and written by Danielle Pearson. Fox is a likeable and relatable guy, and takes the stage while Hanson is playing from a tape recorder. He briefly talks about how the 90’s were a time of optimism and then delves into ...

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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Daniel Jameson Director: Emma Rice          Composer/Musical Director: Ian Ross           Designer: Sophia Clist Reviewer: Fran Parker Once again, Kneehigh Theatre Company manages to hit the high notes, soaring to theatrical greatness through their depiction of love, loss, and change. Becoming immersed in the lives of Marc and Bella Chagall, the audience is transported to the Russian era of war and ...

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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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