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Romeo and Juliet – The Watermill, Newbury

Romeo & Juliet at Watermill Newbury

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: David Jobson As many will be aware this year commemorates four hundred years since the death of our greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. Inevitably theatre companies around the world are set to celebrate this great canon of works with copious revivals of his plays. Chipping in this month is the Watermill Theatre with their ...

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Quadrophenia Club Night – Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Reviewer: Matt Forrest When The Who released their second Rock Opera, Quadrophenia (it’s the tale of young mod Jimmy, who is trying to find his way in life, set in London and against the back drop of the clashes on Brighton beach between the mods and rockers), the album was heralded as a classic and regularly appears on lists of ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Walter and Ruth sat at kitchen table

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun may have been written in 1959 but the questions it raises about family relationships, poverty and the dream of bettering oneself by owning your own home ring as true today as they did then. This is the story of the Younger family and ...

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Shadowlands – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Shadowlands cast sat around a table having tea

Writer: William Nicholson Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Steve Turner William Nicholson’s Shadowlands was first presented as a television drama before transferring to the stage and then to the big screen in a film featuring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. Nicholson’s study of love found and then lost in later life avoids any mawkish sentimentality, delivering instead a touching, heartfelt and ...

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Rocky Horror Show – Mayflower, Southampton

Rocky Horror Show - Diana Vickers (Janet) and Liam Tamne (Frank-N-Furter) in Bed

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: David Jobson   What can you say about the Rocky Horror Show that has not already been said? Richard O’Brien’s show has lasted 43 years and was voted the best show to originate from the Royal Court Theatre. To say to its fans that this musical is beyond silly and lacking any substance ...

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CD REVIEW: The Color Purple – New Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile This powerful revivaloriginallypremiered in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013 to sell out audiences, and was so successful that it transferred to Broadway taking with it the stunning performer Cynthia Erivo as Celie. This new Broadway cast recording captures the powerhouse performance of Erivo and intensifies it with the inspired addition of Jennifer Hudson in ...

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CD REVIEW: Sweet Charity – Original London Cast Recording

Sweet Charity - Original London Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg From the iconic brassy six note opening of Big Spender at the start of the overture to the not-very-happy ending, Sweet Charity is an iron-clad classic. Originally opening on Broadway in 1967, this is a rerelease of the soundtrack of the London cast from the following year. Charity Hope Valentine is a hostess in a New York ...

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The Witches – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

The cast of The Witches at Curve Leicester

Writer: David Wood, based on the book by Roald Dahl Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: David Jobson Witches have been represented in all sorts of ways from fun and lovingto the typically evil and cackling kind who can turn people into toads and mice. Roald Dahl’s novel falls under the latter, and this latest stage production by The Curve,Leicester and Rose ...

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