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After Electra – The Drum, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: April De Angelis Director: Samuel West Reviewer: Marina Spark The Drum at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth is the place to go in the south west if you fancy some contemporary, satisfying but sometimes tough to swallow theatre. April De Angelis has teamed up with the Drum to create a (very loose) retelling of the ancient Greek myth, Electra.After ...

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Wuthering Heights – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writer: Emily Brontë Adaptor: Dougie Blaxland Director: Ian McGlynn Reviewer: Claire Hayes More than 150 years after it was first published, Wuthering Heights needs very little introduction. The only novel written by Emily Brontë, it tells of the destructive passion of Cathy and Heathcliff, brought up together in the Earnshaw household but driven apart by divisions of class and status ...

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Jane Eyre – The Rondo Theatre, Bath

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Adaptor: Dougie Blaxland Director: Jazz Hazelwood Reviewer: Beth Steer Butterfly Psyche and Livewire Theatre’s Brontë Season is an attempt to capture the work of three talented sisters in three new adaptations, refreshing and bringing to life three progressive stories, each written almost 200 years ago. And, in their production of Jane Eyre – a complex tale of ...

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H.M.S. Pinafore – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W. S. Gilbert Director: Connor Jones Reviewer: Lucy Corley At first glance, the plot of H.M.S. Pinafore is reminiscent of Pirates of the Caribbean – lowly sailor falls in love with upper-middle class beauty who is promised to a nobleman; he attempts to win her heart and comic chaos ensues. But unlike Pirates, the Gilbert and ...

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The Absence of War – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Claire Hayes In this election year 2015, many of the themes of David Hare’s The Absence of War are so contemporary, it’s hard to believe this play originally premiered in 1993. A man who has risen to the top of the Labour Party sacrifices the authentic voice which got him there, in order ...

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Edward Scissorhands – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Original screenplay: Tim Burton and Caroline Thompson Music: Original themes by Danny Elfman, plus music and arrangements by Terry Davies Director/Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Scintillatingly brilliant and poignant as in the original 1990s film; Matthew Bourne at his best. That has to be the verdict on Bourne’s take on the bittersweet story of a boy left with scissors ...

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Arcadia – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Jess Rowe “The future is disorder... It's the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.” No greater words could sum up English Touring Theatre and Theatre Royal Brighton’s UK tour of Arcadia, where incorrect assumptions and their humorously chaotic outcomes for the characters are readily ...

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Oh What a Lovely War – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writers: Theatre Workshop Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Claire Hayes Joan Littlewood and Theatre Workshop broke the mould in 1963 when they unveiled their satirical musical about the devastation and futility of the First World War. Now this Theatre Royal Stratford East production has been revived under the direction of Terry Johnson to commemorate the centenary of the war which was ...

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