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We Will Rock You – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Ben Elton Music and lyrics: Queen Director: Cornelius Baltus Choreographer: Lajos Turi Peter Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Riding on the wave of last year’s smash film Bohemian Rhapsody and the ever-popular jukebox musical format, this show proves that people will lap up any Queen mania whatever the songs’ mediocre setting. The show is set ‘some time’ in the future. Corporation ...

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Les Misérables – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Original French text: Alain Boubil and Jean-Marc Natel Adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo Director:  Laurence Connor and James Powell Reviewer: Barbara Michaels One of the best-loved musicals of all time, Les Misérables – the longest-running musical ever in London’s West End and the second-longest worldwide – is back on tour. Cameron Mackintosh’s ...

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9 to 5 The Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and Lyrics: Dolly Parton Based on the book by Patricia Resnick Screenplay: Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins Director: Jeff Calhoun Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Back on stage again after 11 years, 9 to 5 The Musical  is just as much fun as ever, albeit without its illustrious creator, although she does put in a brief appearance through a couple of video ...

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Status – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Chris Thorpe Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: James McColl If you believe you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. This Theresa May quote looms over Chris Thorpe’s latest show, Status. It’s the first thing we see projected against the impressive video backdrop, designed by Andrzej Goulding, and Thorpe later admits that as much as he wishes ...

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Rigoletto – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Opera: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave Director: James Macdonald Revival director: Caroline Chaney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Set in the White House during the Kennedy era, James Macdonald’s revival of Verdi’s Rigoletto was first staged by Welsh National Opera seventeen years ago.  There have been a few adjustments since, and, given our present political state, the production keeps pace with ...

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Carmen – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Georges Bizet Libretto: Henri Melham and Ludovic Haley Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Barbara Michaels A new production of Bizet’s iconic operatic sizzler Carmen rightly arouses much interest. The wonderful music is a given, with much of it familiar even to non-opera goers. So – like the emperor’s new clothes – the question must be: What does it bring to ...

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The Girl on the Train – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel (based on the novel by Paula Hawkins) Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Joan Phillips When The Girl on the Train was first published in 2015 it caused a publishing phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic for author Paula Hawkins. It was quickly snapped up for adaptation on the big screen and became a hugely ...

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The Entertainer – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: John Osborne Director: Sean O’Connor Reviewer: Kelyn Luther This production of The Entertainer, John Osborne’s play about Archie Rice, a faded vaudevillian dodging the taxman and dodging the reality of his son fighting in Suez, is the first to update the play’s setting. Director Sean O’Connor has set the play in 1982, during the Falklands war. Rather than Archie ...

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