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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – Bristol Old Vic

Writer:Daniel Jamieson Director:Emma Rice Musical Director: Ian Ross Reviewer: Claire Hayes Celebration is in the air at Bristol Old Vic, as the UK’s oldest working theatre marks the 250th anniversary of its opening. And the birthday festivities continue this week in collaboration with the ever-exuberant Kneehigh, bringing Emma Rice’s final production for the Cornish company, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, ...

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The Complete Deaths (Mayfest) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Adapter and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Claire Hayes   First Mayfest brought us Dead Centre’s riff on Chekhov, now physical comedians Spymonkey introduce their take on Shakespeare – specifically the 75 deaths (counting the black ill-favoured fly in Titus Andronicus) performed onstage in his plays. Directed by Tim Crouch, it’s a unique examination of mortality that – ...

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Chekhov’s First Play (Mayfest) – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Anton Chekhov Director:Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd Reviewer: Claire Hayes   One thing you could take from Dead Centre’s shocking and visceral Lippy at last year’s Mayfest is to expect the unexpected from this Dublin-based theatre company. So, to open this year’s festival, its UK premiere of Chekhov’s First Play promises to be anything but a traditional interpretation of ...

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The Massive Tragedy Of Madame Bovary – Bristol Old Vic

Javier Marzan (Rodolphe) and Emma Fielding (Madame Bovary) in The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary!

Writer: Gustave Flaubert Adaptors: John Nicholson &Javier Marzan Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Kris Hallett   It's a premise that on paper shouldn't work. A loving comic derailing of Gustave Flaubert's ‘great’ tragic 19th Century novel,Madame Bovary, from one of the foremost comic companies working today in Peepolykus, sounds like it either won't be able to provide the belly laughs that ...

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Iphigenia in Splott – Bristol Old Vic Studio

Sophie Melville as Effie

Writer: Gary Owen Director: Rachel O'Riordan Reviewer: Chris Oldham   Apparently Effie has saved us all – every single one of us. We owe her. And she's about to tell us why. Taking its title from the character in Greek mythology, and the area of Cardiff in which it's set,Gary Owen's one­woman monologue Iphigenia in Splott follows Effie (Sophie Melville) ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Bristol Old Vic

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville

Writer: Eugene O'Neill Director:Richard Eyre Reviewer:Kris Hallett   It's a big year for Bristol Old Vic with its 250-year celebration making it the oldest theatre in Britain. It passes this, its showcase event with aplomb; director Richard Eyre, who was inspired to go into the theatre having watched Peter O'Toole's Hamlet here as a schoolboy, working in the city for ...

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INTERVIEW: Hadley Fraser takes a Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Hadley Fraser

Hadley Fraser must have built up some good karma in a previous life. For 10 years he was a leading man in a number of musicals including two successful stints inLes Miserables, portraying Raul in the 25thanniversary ofThe Phantom of the Operaand aged just 26 opening a show on BroadwayThe Pirate Queen(though it'sarguablethe luck kicked back, the show created by ...

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All That Fall – Bristol Old Vic Paint Studio

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Max Stafford-Clark Reviewer: Kris Hallett   Max Stafford-Clark when asked by the ever-protective Beckett estate on what his vision was for the playwright's 1956 radio play All That Fall allegedly answered that he had no vision. In his case, he meant this literally. The actors enter the space, dressed in everyday gear and ask us to ...

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