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FEATURED: A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim

God walks onto the stage and instantly the audience erupts into deafening applause and the ovation continues. The sold-out Olivier Theatre is filled with his greatest fans and admirers, all of whom snapped up tickets within hours of the interview being announced only three days before. God subtly pushes at the air with his downward-facing palms and an excited hush ...

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The Magic Flute – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder English translation: Jeremy Sams Director Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Mozart’s sardonic fairy-tale The Magic Flute, with its contending forces of good and evil, has more than a hint of the pantomimic, but is none the worse for that, consisting as it does of some of the composer’s most memorable arias and lyrical ...

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Follies – National Theatre, London

Book: James Goldman Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The very name is laden with double meaning. Primarily, of course, the title of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about a reunion of variety performers is a reference to the Ziegfeld Follies, whose dancers would glide down stately staircases in lavish costumes designed to show off a very ...

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Pigs and Dogs – Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London

Writer:Caryl Churchill Director:Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The political fallout of recent weeks has given rise to huge debates in Britain about the nature of our society and what future we want to have. With reports of attacks on EU nationals in the UK and cultural declarations of support such as the ‘London is Open’ hashtag adopted by numerous institutions ...

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WNO: The Magic Flute – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Simon Phillippo Reviewer: Emily Pearce Dominic Cooke’s staging for Welsh National Opera of Mozart’s final operais now ten years old; this latest revival is part of the themed season A Terrible Innocence, of which new productions of Richard Ayres’ Peter Pan and Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande are also featured. On the whole, ...

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WNO: The Magic Flute – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Kris Hallett Dominic Cooke’sThe Magic Flutefor Welsh National Opera is already ten years old but, judging on its reception, will stay in the repertoire for years to come. Mozart’s 1791 piece is the definition of a populist hit; a masterwork by opera’s most popular composer; a meshing of styles ...

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Welsh National Opera: The Magic Flute – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Dominic Cooke Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Marina Spark Every opera should begin with a man being pursued by a giant shrimp. This opening sets the scene very well for one of Mozart's more bizarre operas, The Magic Flute. The opera is full of magic, misunderstanding and metaphor. The hero, Tamino, is chased by this monstrous ...

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WNO The Magic Flute – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder Director: Dominic Cooke Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Maggie Constable Mozart's famous Deutsch opera from Welsh National Opera, The Magic Flute, reveals itself surreally to us in Milton Keynes this week and tells a wonderfully enchanting and fantastic (in all senses of that word) tale which includes a rescuing prince, ...

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