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Hair the Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Book / Lyrics: Gerome Ragni and James Rado Music: Galt MacDermot Reviewer: Helen Tope It’s 1967 and the Hippie Movement is at its height. Young Americans, disappointed and disillusioned, are seeking a different path. Rather than live out the lives of their parents, they want to live freely, with no limits or expectations. We meet a group of hippies, co-habiting under one ...

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Aladdin – Plymouth Athenaeum

Writer: John Nicholson and Le Navet Bete Director: John Nicholson Set & Costume Designer: Fi Russell Composer: Peter Coyte Choreographer: Linzy Na Nakorn Lighting Designer: Marcus Bartlett Reviewer: Helen Tope Bright, bold and wittily inventive, Le Navet Bete’s pantomime takes on the challenge of telling the story of Aladdin. We know the nuts-and-bolts of the story: the lamp, the genie, ...

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The Leylines – Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix

Music: The Leylines Reviewer: Georgie Bird The Leylines are six-piece band from Weston Super Mare whose genre is hard to pin down, falling somewhere between folk and rock. They are comprised of Dan Thompson (electric guitar), Dave Burbidge (drums), Hannah Johns (violin), Matthew Wilkins (acoustic guitar), Sean Booth (bass) and Steve Mitchell on vocals. The addition of a violinist to ...

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Fagins Twist – Plymouth Athenaeum

Director: Tony Adigun Choreographer: Tony Adigun Reviewer: Georgie Bird Fagin’s Twist, as the title suggests, is a modern interpretation of Oliver Twist, told through dance. Performed by the Avant Garde Dance Company, this production focuses on Fagin and his story, instead of Oliver’s. This is comprised of some brilliant dance routines, wonderfully choreographed and utilising the whole cast. The dancing throughout is ...

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Macbeth – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Joan Phillips Raven-black and using the full depth of Theatre Royal Plymouth's deep stage, designer Rae Smith's cavernous, almost subterranean set, ominously establishes the doomed atmosphere that permeates throughout the National Theatre's production of Macbeth. A huge arched bridge descends sharply to the front of the stage at floor level, and ascending to ...

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La Fille Mal Gardee – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreography: Frederick Ashton Music: Ferdinand Herold (adapted and arranged by John Lanchbery) Reviewer: Helen Tope One of the oldest ballets in the world, La Fille Mal Gardee (The Wayward Daughter), is an 18th-Century wonder, re-imagined to create a timeless tale. Seen here in its Frederick Ashton revival, La Fille tells the story of village girl Lise. Living with her mother, ...

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Macbeth – Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jo Loyn Reviewer: Kelyn Luther 2018 marks the fourth year of ‘Bard in the Yard’- Barbican Theatre’s summer Shakespeare production staged outdoors in the ‘secret garden’ of Residence One, Royal William Yard. Having previously staged only comedies in this way, Macbeth might seem like an odd choice - after all, the foreboding gloom of Scotland doesn’t ...

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Amadeus Orchestra – Exeter Cathedral

Composers: John Adams, Igor Stravinsky, Hector Berlioz Conductor: Philip Mackenzie Reviewer: Marina Spark It is a balmy summer evening on which the Amadeus Orchestra arrive at the historic Exeter Cathedral. In conjunction with Exeter Northcott Theatre, this summer concert brings three great orchestral pieces into the heart of Devon and one of the county’s iconic landmarks. The Amadeus Orchestra’s youthful ...

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