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The Nutcracker – Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky Artistic Director and Choreographer: Konstantin Uralsky Reviewer: Naomi Stevens Ever since its first performance in 1892, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker has been entertaining audiences with the ballet version of E T A Hoffmann's 1819 story of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. This version is brought to British audiences by the Russian State Ballet and Opera House and ...

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WNO: Sweeney Todd – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Stephen Sondheim Conductor: James Holmes Director: James Brining Reviewer: Kris Hallett Sweeney Todd is one of the only shows that seems to be able to sit easily in both the theatrical and operatic canons. Whether Sondheim’s work is a musical or full-blown opera is a point that can be debated ad nauseam - my own inclinations tend to place ...

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The Mikado – New Theatre, Cardiff

Libretto: W.S.Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Cherry blossom, twirling parasols, catchy songs and ridiculous not-to-be-taken-seriously scenarios are what we expect from a Gilbert and Sullivan opera. Deliciously over the top, with well-known tunes that have stood the test of time, The Mikado is one of the most popular. Who can resist Three Little Maids from ...

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WNO: Orlando – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: George Frideric Handel Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini Director: Harry Fehr Reviewer: Claire Hayes With so many characters at the extremes of emotion, opera might reasonably lay claim to madness as a pre-requisite. Yet, while there could be no shortage of suitable candidates for Welsh National Opera’s 2015 Madness season, Handel’s frequently overlooked Orlando, originally performed in London in 1733, still ...

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Martyr – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Marius von Mayenburg Director: Ramin Gray Reviewer: Joan Phillips Martyr is a short play that truly ventures into today’s zeitgeist. What to do when religious fanaticism clashes with our own way of life? Daily news reports how opposing religious ideology seems to threaten our own beliefs and culture. We are used to reading about the extremist views of other ...

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Ghost Opera – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Devised: FellSwoop Theatre Company Director: Bertrand Lesca Reviewer: Chris White FellSwoop’s new production is the intriguing and exhilarating Ghost Opera, directed by Bertrand Lesca and devised by the company. It’s a haunting piece about escapism, entrapment and fantasy which seems to defy genre; distorting and almost breaking from the confines of time, space and character. FellSwoop (who are one of ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty –Theatre Royal Plymouth

Director, Choreographer and Adapter: Matthew Bourne Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Reviewer: Joseph Leigh The name Matthew Bourne has been synonymous with exciting and unique ballet for many years, and audiences enter each performance space with a tangible sense of excitement and anticipation. From his eponymous Swan Lake to the more recent Tim Burton collaboration with Edward Scissorhands, Bourne has produced ...

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