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Sunset Boulevard – Bristol Hippodrome

Book and Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hamilton (based on the Billy Wilder film) Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Joan Phillips You certainly get a full dose of 1950s Hollywood glamour this week at Bristol Hippodrome. This year’s BLOC Production is Sunset Boulevard, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on the celebrated Billy Wilder film noir classic. Sunset ...

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Rove – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Music: Rhiannon Armstrong Writer: J. Fergus Evans Director: Caroline Mary Williams Reviewer: Lucy Corley Written and performed by spoken-word artist J. Fergus Evans, Rove is a tribute to folk music and an intimate exploration of family and belonging. A blend of play, gig, poem, stand-up, memory and monologue, Rove fuses together these different traditions much like its creator, whose family ...

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The Whipping Man – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Matthew Lopez Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Joan Phillips Severely wounded Confederate soldier, Caleb, returns to the burnt-out shell of his family home after the capitulation of the South in April 1865 to the Union in the American Civil War. Everywhere is ruin and chaos but Caleb finds Simon, the family servant sent there by Caleb’s father to protect the ...

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The Encounter – Bristol Old Vic

Director and performer: Simon McBurney Co-director: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Claire Hayes Complicite’s work over the last 30 years has garnered a reputation for being both emotionally and philosophically challenging and, fresh from the Edinburgh International Festival, artistic director Simon McBurney’s aurally spectacular The Encounter certainly lives up to expectations. Set in the dense jungle of the Amazon rainforest, McBurney tells ...

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An Oak Tree – Bristol Old Vic Studio, Bristol

Writer: Tim Crouch Directors: Karl James and Andy Smith Reviewer: Kris Hallett Tim Crouch’sAn Oak Treeperhaps can claim to be the most influential play of the last decade. It’s challenging of form, its attempt to make a piece that could only ever work as theatre has influenced theatre makers as diverse as Chris Goode, Daniel Bye and the whole Forest ...

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Hetty Feather – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

The cast of Hetty Feather

Music: Benji Bower Writer: Jacqueline Wilson Adaptor: Emma Reeves Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Lucy Corley Exeter Northcott Theatre is buzzing with excitement before we even enter the auditorium for Hetty Feather, on tour from London’s West End. The production’s musicians (Seamus H. Carey and Luke Potter) in top hats and braces play jaunty circus tunes, ambling through the theatre foyer ...

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Beyond Expectations – Cygnet Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptors: Martin Levinson and Avril Silk Reviewer: Christy Ku   “What are we but agents in the lives of others.” Beyond Expectations is a retelling of Charles Dickens’s classic Great Expectations. Untold Theatre seeks to make Estella, one of literature’s most famous femmesfatales, the focal point of their play. Estella’s birth mother, Molly (Brooke Andersen) has a ...

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East Is East – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Kris Hallett East is Eastis now most fondly remembered as a raucous, hilarious 1999 BAFTA award-winning film with terrific central performances from Linda Bassett and Om Puri, which sugar-coated the darkness and violence underneath for smatterings of visual and verbal humour. Sam Yates’ production, now coming to the end of a tour ...

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