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Les Misérables – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel (based on the novel by Victor Hugo) Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Directors: Laurence Connor & James Powell Reviewer: Joan Phillips While the original 1985 production of Les Misérables continues to break box office records in London’s West End, the New touring version continues its hugely successful run and returns to the UK ...

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We Can Time Travel – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Dom Coyote and Rich Rusk Music & lyrics: Dom Coyote Director: Rich Rusk Reviewer: Phil Goodwin Dom Coyote’s sci-fi themed slice of ‘gig theatre’ takes us on an HG Wells-infused journey back and forth in time. We first meet the time-traveling, real-life Dominic Lawton in his nerdy flat, which is packed out with analogue synths and a collection of ...

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The Consul – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer, music & lyrics: Gian Carlo Menotti Director: Max Hoehn Reviewer: Beth Steer Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, a tale of hopelessness, bureaucracy, and frustration, originally produced in 1950, is restaged by the Welsh National Opera in this recent performance at the Wales Millennium Centre. Running for one night only – and in one single act – as part of ...

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Cotton Fingers – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Rachel Trezise Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: Luke Seidel-Haas All around the world, the pro-life/pro-choice pendulum is swinging wildly from side to side. In a referendum in May 2018 The Republic of Ireland voted in a landslide result to “repeal the 8th”, allowing the Government to legislate for Abortion. Across the Atlantic, several southern states of the USA have recently ...

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Matilda the Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Dennis Kelly Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer: Leah Tozer Just because I find myself in this story, it doesn't mean that everything is written for me. Ah, the wisdom of children – the whimsical wonder and childlike delight that children can’t wait to outgrow and adults wish for once again is often ...

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Henry V – Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Hal Chambers Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In a time where everything right now seems to be defined by our relationship with Europe, where we get the leaders we deserve and who then prove unable to lead, there is perhaps something of the comforting in Shakespeare’s Henry V. The young Prince Hal – depicted in both parts of Henry IV as ...

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Let Me Show You – Phoenix, Exeter

Writer: Peter Norgate Director: Lavinia Hollands Reviewer: Phil Goodwin Nothing better illustrates the destructive nature of our relentless and unsustainable consumption than a stricken sea creature entangled in plastic waste. But even after years of seeing these shocking images, the question of how to stop littering the oceans with discarded packaging remains the pressing eco problem of our age. Issue-based ...

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Victoria – New Theatre, Cardiff

ballet dancers dressed as queen victoria and prince albert

Northern Ballet with The National Ballet of Canada Choreography, Direction and Scenario: Cathy Marston Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer; Barbara Michaels The recent spate of Victoria TV series and documentaries – to be expected in celebration of the bicentenary of the monarch’s birth - works in some respects as a precursor for a portrayal in another genre, so to some extent ...

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