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Victoria – New Theatre, Cardiff

ballet dancers dressed as queen victoria and prince albert

Northern Ballet with The National Ballet of Canada Choreography, Direction and Scenario: Cathy Marston Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer; Barbara Michaels The recent spate of Victoria TV series and documentaries – to be expected in celebration of the bicentenary of the monarch’s birth - works in some respects as a precursor for a portrayal in another genre, so to some extent ...

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The Verdict – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Michael Lunney Playwright: Margaret May Hobbs (based on the book by Barry Reed) Reviewer: Helen Tope  Down on his luck and on the ropes, Boston lawyer Frank Galvin needs a win. Living case by case after nearly being disbarred, Galvin struggles to keep his career on track – such as it is. We are far from the chic, glass-fronted offices of Corporate America. ...

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Cirque Berserk – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Cirque Berserk is as its title suggests - a raucous circus with a carnival atmosphere. This carnival quality is unsurprising when you consider the diverse nationalities of the acts, including performers from Brazil, Cuba, Mongolia, France, and that’s only a few. Cirque Berserk are clearly, and rightly, proud of the range of cultures that make each act ...

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – WMC, Cardiff

Music:  Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat the musical returns to the stage con brio, with a plethora of well-known musical numbers, refreshed and rejuvenated with all its original pizzazz still in place.  The Biblical story of Joseph, betrayed by his jealous brothers and sold into slavery in ...

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18-month Residency placements announced for 2019

The Leeds Playhouse and Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol have announced recipients of the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme (RTYDS) 18-Month Residency, placements they are hosting for the first time. The scheme seeks out the most talented theatre directors at the early stage of their careers and helps develop their skills and experience by placing them in theatres outside London. ...

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Shooting Rabbits – The Sherman, Cardiff

Writer & Director: Chelsea Gillard & Jac Ifan Moore Production company: PowderHouse Reviewer: Beth Steer Set around an ‘impassioned young man’ who leaves his home in rural Wales in the middle of the night to head to Spain and fight for his beliefs, Shooting Rabbits blends a mix of Welsh, English, Spanish and Basque to illustrate the narrative. In the ...

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Annie – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Who doesn’t need the optimism of plucky orphan Annie in a doubtful political climate? Whilst the show can be transported to other eras (such as the recent film adaptation), its spirit and many of its references - the play on name of Warbucks (war profiteering), ...

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Fissure – Exeter Phoenix

Writer: Hattie Collins Director: Hattie Collins Sound and Music: Santiago Frew Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova A production set in the context of an imaginary future, but not one far away from what an exaggerated reality of today’s world would look like. The opportunities and drawbacks of technological advancement versus the alternative views of how rising population on a finite planet should ...

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