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Barnum – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Book: Mark Bramble Music : Cy Coleman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Marina Spark Barnum has rolled into town and is currently playing at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. The show is about the legendary American showman, P T Barnum. He came from humble roots, but Barnum set out for a life less ordinary. With a bucket-load ...

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Oklahoma! – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Music: Richard Rodgers Book/Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Jess Rowe Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration, Oklahoma!, reinvented the world of musical theatre in 1943. It created the idea of "book musicals" (one we theatre-goers now take for granted) that ties in the hard-hitting concept of the plot with pieces of choreographed and musical works of art and ...

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Spamalot – Theatre Royal, Bath

Book: Eric Idle Music: Eric Idle &John Du Prez Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Kris Hallett Just in case anyone was worried about how John Cleese was going to afford his latest alimony payments or Michael Palin a new set of walking boots for his latest round the world trip, Spamalot has rolled back into Bath on another UK tour, cashing ...

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So It Goes – Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Creators and Directors: Hannah Moss &David Ralfe Reviewer: Christy Ku   “I’m not speaking. It’s easier.” For several years after the death of her father, Hannah Moss found it hard to talk about him. Grief is difficult to discuss, and Moss discovered a way to do so in So it Goes - without speaking. Full of fabulously awkward dancing and ...

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WNO: The Magic Flute – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Emily Pearce Dominic Cooke’s staging for Welsh National Opera of Mozart’s final operais now ten years old; this latest revival is part of the themed season A Terrible Innocence, of which new productions of Richard Ayres’ Peter Pan and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande are also featured. On the whole, ...

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Faustus – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writers: Christopher Marlowe/Johann Wolfgang von Goethe/Czech Puppet Company/Vaclav Havel Director: Kevin Johnson Reviewer: Lucy Corley “Tis magic, magic that hath ravished me,” says Doctor Faustus in Christopher Marlowe’s 1604 play, and I challenge anyone not to be beguiled by the black magic of this young company’s adaptation. The Actor’s Wheel is a touring theatre training company linked to the University ...

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The Boy on the Swing – Brewery Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Joe Harbot Director: Laura Jasper Reviewer: Kris Hallett A man picks up a business card off the floor, dials it and thus begins a dizzying and disorienting journey which will lead to an eventual tête-à-tête with God (or is it?). Coming across as a mixture of Kafka’sThe Trialand 21st century Ionesco mixed with Douglas Adams,Joe Harbot’sThe Boy on the ...

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Living Quiz – Theatre Shop, Clevedon

Writers and Performers: Stu Mcloughlin, Howard Coggins and Craig Edwards Compere: Niall Johnson Reviewer: Joan Phillips No longer hemmed in by squeezing historical “facts” into their material, Living Spit have free rein to indulge their comedy and musical talents in their very own live version of a pub quiz, Living Quiz. There has been a buzzing atmosphere in Clevedon this ...

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