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Top Hat – Bristol Hippodrome

Music/Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Naomi Stevens Set in 1935, Top Hat is everything you would expect from a classic musical. The original film, famous for names such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, means expectations are high for glitz, glamour and a dancing spectacle and this production, adapted from the RKO movie, does not disappoint. The plot, ...

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Punch and Judy in Afghanistan – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Puppeteer: Neville Tranter Reviewer: Claire Hayes Stuffed Puppet has taken the seaside Punch and Judy tradition and transported it to the desert of Afghanistan. Neville Tranter’s one-man puppet show combines some sharp one-liners with a sense of the absurd, to put the puppeteer right at the heart of the political action. Punch and Judy in Afghanistan tells the story of ...

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Destino Dance Company: Chase the Chaos & Ene Man Negn – Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

Choreographers: Junaid Jemal Sendi, Addisu Demissie &Jessie Brett Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Chase the Chaos and Ene Man Negn are a double bill presented by Destino Dance Company, Ethiopia's first independent professional contemporary dance company. First up is Chase the Chaos, performed and choreographed by Destino's Junaid Jemal Sendi and Addisu Demissie with UK based dancer and choreographer Jessie Brett. First ...

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Welsh National Opera: Carmen – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Composer: Georges Bizet Directors: Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser Conductor: James Southall Reviewer: Claire Hayes In reviving its Caurier and Leiser version of Carmen, Welsh National Opera (WNO) has chosen a solid foundation for its autumn season. It may not have been an instant success at its première in 1875, but Bizet’s tale of the life and loves of a ...

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War Game – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Deviser and Director: Toby Hulse Reviewer: Laura Hesketh   Exchanging seasonal greetings; joint burial services; and the infamous football game between soldiers who, only hours before, were brutally firing at each other, are all recognisable images and stories of the Christmas Truce of 1914; the day that an unofficial ceasefire occurred between two armies and a moment of peace emerged ...

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Edward Scissorhands – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director and choreographer: Matthew Bourne Composer: Danny Elfman Original story: Tim Burton Reviewer: Marina Spark   The familiar old tale from Tim Burton's 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands is brought to life in Matthew Bourne's newest production this autumn. The Theatre Royal Plymouth is teeming with excitement before the production begins and the audience are not disappointed by Bourne's latest offering. ...

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Institute – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Director: Amit Lahav Reviewer: Claire Hayes Gecko’s latest creation deals with the stuff of life itself. Institute is a raw, heart-rending, high energy exploration into the triumphs and despair of the human condition, encapsulated in a Kafkaesque world of unfathomable filing cabinets. Each of the four performers within Institute has their own story to tell, but don’t expect a clear ...

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The Perfect Murder – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Peter James Adapted for stage by Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   What makes the perfect murder? To tell would give away the plot of this comedy thriller adapted from Peter James’ best-selling novel of that title. Transferring the page to the stage is no easy task but can work brilliantly. Unfortunately, despite the shock-horror impact ...

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