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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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West Side Story – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Choreographer: Joey McKneely (from original choreography by Jerome Robbins) Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Joan Phillips What happens when you mix young, testosterone charged youths, with guns, knives, fear, hatred, prejudice, poverty and romantically involved lovers from opposing gangs? All it takes is one tiny spark to light the tinder and the ...

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Cats – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: T. S. Elliot Director: Chrissie Cartwright Reviewer: Chris Williams Cats is one of the most well known and long running British musicals – its original West End run lasted 21 years – and it’s also fondly remembered by audiences and original cast members, which included such theatre legends as Elaine Paige, Brian Blessed and Paul ...

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Ablutions – Brewery Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Patrick deWitte Adaptor: Matthew Whittle Director: Bertrand Lesca Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Adapted from Patrick deWitt’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, Ablutions paints a darkly comic portrait of a hapless bartender’s struggle to break free from the tedium and debauchery of life behind the bar. Set in a Hollywood dive-bar populated by eccentrics, drug addicts and losers, the ...

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