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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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The Verdict – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Michael Lunney Playwright: Margaret May Hobbs (based on the book by Barry Reed) Reviewer: Helen Tope  Down on his luck and on the ropes, Boston lawyer Frank Galvin needs a win. Living case by case after nearly being disbarred, Galvin struggles to keep his career on track – such as it is. We are far from the chic, glass-fronted offices of Corporate America. ...

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Cirque Berserk – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Cirque Berserk is as its title suggests - a raucous circus with a carnival atmosphere. This carnival quality is unsurprising when you consider the diverse nationalities of the acts, including performers from Brazil, Cuba, Mongolia, France, and that’s only a few. Cirque Berserk are clearly, and rightly, proud of the range of cultures that make each act ...

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – WMC, Cardiff

Music:  Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat the musical returns to the stage con brio, with a plethora of well-known musical numbers, refreshed and rejuvenated with all its original pizzazz still in place.  The Biblical story of Joseph, betrayed by his jealous brothers and sold into slavery in ...

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18-month Residency placements announced for 2019

The Leeds Playhouse and Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol have announced recipients of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) 18-Month Residency, placements they are hosting for the first time. The scheme seeks out the most talented theatre directors at the early stage of their careers and helps develop their skills and experience by placing them in theatres outside London. ...

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