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The Three Musketeers – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Writer: John Nicholson and La Navet Bete Music: Peter Coyle Director: John Nicholson Reviewer: Charlotte Robson The four-man company of La Navet Bete returns to the adventures of their childhood, in their heroic roles as – and in – The Three Musketeers. And as they don their homemade costumes, assign parts and fling stuffed mallards about with abandon, they invite ...

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Awakening – The Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Dance company: National Dance Company Wales Choreographers: Marcos Morau, Fernando Melo, Caroline Finn Reviewer: Beth Steer Awakening, a programme of three different dances designed to show the versatility of the fantastic National Dance Company Wales, lives up to its intention to show the audience 'diverse perspectives on the world. Broken into three parts, with two twenty minute intervals, Awakening transports ...

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ENDLESS – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer & Director: Kyla Goodey Musical director: Vicky Abbott Composers: Justin Lee Radford, Vicky Abbott & Sam Jago Coleman Reviewer: Phil Goodwin In an alternate galaxy not so far away, 90's nobodies N:dless are making another comeback complete with glowsticks and head torches. The four-piece synth kings have been playing acid house, techno and drum ‘n’ bass-infused Goa trance longer ...

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Calendar Girls the Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director; Matt Ryan  Reviewer: Barbara Michaels With a new cast including the talented and deservedly popular Lesley Joseph, Calendar Girls the Musical, with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, based on the award-winning film Calendar Girls written by Firth and Juliette Towhidi, opened on stage in the Wales Millennium ...

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Hair the Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Book / Lyrics: Gerome Ragni and James Rado Music: Galt MacDermot Reviewer: Helen Tope It’s 1967 and the Hippie Movement is at its height. Young Americans, disappointed and disillusioned, are seeking a different path. Rather than live out the lives of their parents, they want to live freely, with no limits or expectations. We meet a group of hippies, co-habiting under one ...

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Rouse, Ye Women! – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writers: John Kirkpatrick and Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Reviewer: Claire Hayes Today’s gig economy may feel like a modern invention, but it shares its heritage with the piece-workers of the early 20th Century, toiling away beneath the breadline with none of the rights bestowed on regularised employees. Townsend Theatre’s latest production brings this connection into sharp relief, by focusing ...

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The Magic Flute – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: W. A. Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder (t: Jeremy Sams) Conductor: Damian Iorio Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva It may have been played consistently for over 200 years, but very few times in its history has Mozart’s The Magic Flute seen its hero, Tamino, start proceedings by battling a giant lobster. Bristol’s Hippodrome provided the setting for Thursday’s performance, offering an intimate ...

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The Worst Witch – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Emma Reeves (based on novel by Jill Murphy) Director: Theresa Heskins Composer: Luke Potter Reviewer: Helen Tope  Goofy, clumsy and a spectacular failure, Mildred Hubble is the ultimate thinking girl’s heroine. Since the publication of Jill Murphy’s novel The Worst Witch in 1974, Hubble has entertained generations of children. A newly-inducted member of Miss Cackle’s Academy, Mildred’s dubious grasp of even the most ...

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