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Easter Entertainment – The Reviews Hub’s top theatre picks

Whether you’ve been off for a week already or the kids danced into school this morning with that enviable ‘last day of term’ excitement, coming up with ideas to fill a potentially wet Easter break is a tough challenge. To help ease some of the pressure (and leave you more time to eat leftover chocolate eggs while the kids aren’t ...

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The Red Shoes – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne  Reviewer: Emily Pearce Made in 1948, Powell and Pressburger’s cinematic masterpiece – a film about a ballet dancer and the all-consuming nature of love and art is a perfect, bold match for Matthew Bourne’s vision in this stunning production. A young ballerina, Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw) auditions in front of the impressive ...

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WNO: Madam Butterfly – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Joachim Herz Conductor: Lawrence Foster Reviewer: Emily Pearce Welsh National Opera continues its ‘Love’s Poisoned Chalice’ season with the second of its Puccini operas, Madam Butterfly. This popular production by Joachim Herz has been revived several times since its premiere in 1978, and with the simple, yet effective set allowing the score to take centre stage, ...

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Kiss Me, Kate – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

  Writers: Bella and Samuel Spewick Composer &Lyricist: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Chris Williams After the serious operas Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice, the Welsh National Opera ends its autumn season celebrating Shakespeare400 by bringing us the frothy Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. Divorced, bickering Broadway stars Fred Graham and Lili Vanessi are putting on ...

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Billy Elliot – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer and Lyricist: Lee Hall Composer: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer:MeganPearce There are four young actors who work in rotation to play the eponymous Billy Elliot in the current tour and there's little wonder – the character is rarely off the stage and, on this particular night, 12-year-old Lewis Smallmangives every scene an extraordinary amount of ...

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WNO: Sweeney Todd – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: James Brining Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: Megan Pearce Sweeney Todd seems an entirely suitable addition to the Welsh National Opera’s Madness season. The show commences in a mental asylum. There are TVs and modern gadgets showing they're setting the piece in a different time. A quote from Neil Kinnock about the election in 1983 ...

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WNO: Orlando – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: George Frideric Handel Director: Harry Fehr Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini Reviewer: Emily Pearce Welsh National Opera continues its Madness season with a revival of Scottish Opera’s 2011 production of Handel’s Orlando. This sometimes overlooked work has been updated from myth and legend to a hospital wing set in World War II. Still a renowned soldier, but now remoulded as a ...

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Carlos Acosta: On Before – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Musical Director: Neil Ferris Director: Carlos Acosta Reviewer: Emily Pearce Carlos Acosta has danced the world over, performing for the most prestigious ballet companies to both critical and popular acclaim. In his most personal work On Before, the dancer and director presents a show of virtuosic and mesmerising contemporary dances, portraying the love and loss of a relationship between a ...

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