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Stones in His Pockets – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Writer: Marie Jones Director: Ian McElhinney Reviewer: Claire Hayes Stones in His Pockets has enjoyed phenomenal success since its Irish debut in 1996, with award-winning runs in the West End and on Broadway. Now this entertaining and bittersweet two-hander is returning to tour with its original director, Ian McElhinney, in charge. A quiet backwater in Kerry has been taken over ...

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Pitcairn – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Joan Phillips The story of the mutiny on the Bounty is well known to many of us. Less familiar is the story of what happened to the mutineers after they cast Captain Bligh adrift. This is the subject of Richard Bean’s new play, Pitcairn. After the infamous mutiny in 1789, Fletcher Christian, accompanied ...

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Grand Guignol – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Carl Grose Director: Simon Stokes Reviewer: Joan Phillips Carl Grose’s Grand Guignol is a play within a play; by a famous playwright or a lunatic; set in Paris or an asylum; played by actors or inmates; or is it? It doesn’t really matter. Enjoy a rollercoaster ride through the macabre world of Grand Guignol and prepare to be shocked, ...

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Opera First: Madame Butterfly – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Music: GiacomoPuccini Director: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Claire Hayes Opera Project first performed in the intimate setting of the Factory Theatre in 2003, and proved so popular that the company has been returning every autumn since with a fresh production. This year, they’ve chosen to stage Madame Butterfly, sung in English and with a new orchestration for 13 ...

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Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other Love Songs) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Carl Grose Music: Charles Hazlewood Director: Mike Shepherd Reviewer: Claire Hayes Make no mistake, exuberance is in town. Kneehigh have arrived in Bristol with their highly stylised version of The Beggar’s Opera and, in the spirit of the original, it’s a loud, nihilistic and outrageously funny commentary on the ills of today’s society. You don’t need to be familiar ...

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Hokes Bluff – Bristol Old Vic

Writers: James Stenhouse, Gemma Paintin, Nick Walker Reviewer: Madelaine Bowman Bursting with just as much energy and innocuous humour as the American teen movies that have inspired its production, Hokes Bluff explores the idealistic notion of the American Dream, depicting a superficial world in which winning is all that matters, but losing is the stark and haunting reality. Adhering to ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Star-crossed lovers and family feuding are at the heart of Romeo and Juliet, perhaps the most romantic of Shakespeare’s plays. A much-anticipated and brave choice for artistic director Rachel O’Riordan’s major production in her first season at the Sherman. Unfortunately – and perhaps it was first night nerves - O’Riordan’s vicious ...

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Welsh National Opera: Moses in Egypt – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Giochino Rossini Director: David Pountney Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Moses in Egypt takes us through the Bible from the plague of darkness over Egypt to the parting of the Red Sea. Welsh National Opera's production gets off to a spine-tingling start. A beautiful effect from lighting designer Fabice Kebour enables the audience to witness the sun slowly disappear over Egypt, ...

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