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Wendy Hoose – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Johnny McKnight Directors: Robert Softley Gale &Johnny McKnight Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Laura and Jake, strangers who get chatting through an online dating app, decide to hook up for one thing only - sex. Things do not go to plan as it becomes clear that the way people present themselves online is open to interpretation and each of them has ...

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1984 – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: George Orwell (adapted by Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan) Directors: Robert Icke &Duncan Macmillan Reviewer: Joan Phillips George Orwell’s alarmingly prescient prediction of state surveillance and control is given a successful makeover by Headlong Theatre Company. Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have taken on the difficult task of bringing this well told story to the stage with an ingeniously fresh ...

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Macbeth – Factory Theatre, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Music: Tom Haines Artistic Directors: Oliver Dimsdale &Ferdy Roberts Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman If Filter Theatre is to be commended on anything, it is the experimental and creative vision with which their production of Macbeth is conceived. Played in the round with almost no props or set design, except for a display of strange electronic musical instruments in ...

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Small War – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Valentijn Dhaenens Reviewer: Marina Spark Through its latest co-production with SKaGeN and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd the Theatre Royal, Plymouth proves once again that it is not your average regional theatre. Having just returned to Plymouth after a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Small War is a unique, technically impressive tapestry of reflections on war. Writer and ...

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Shrek the Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: Nigel Harman Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Reviewer: Naomi Stevens Set in the kingdom of Duloc, Shrek the Musical is the fairytale about fairytales. Of course, it isn't your average story, but the key points are all there - brave knights setting out to rescue the beautiful princess, a bit of magic and a foe to create problems ...

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Bad Jews – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Joshua Harmon Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Claire Hayes A play set in the aftermath of a funeral promises heightened emotions, family discord and most likely a disputed inheritance. When the deceased is a Holocaust survivor and three of the four characters are his grandchildren, you can add the provocative potential of lacerating, darkly comic argument to the mix. Bad ...

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West Side Story – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Leornard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Chris Williams West Side Story is constantly being voted in the top – if not number one – in lists of musicals. With the Broadway dream-team of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurent’s book based on William Shakespeare’s play, this is one musical that is still relevant ...

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