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Calendar Girls the Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director; Matt Ryan  Reviewer: Barbara Michaels With a new cast including the talented and deservedly popular Lesley Joseph, Calendar Girls the Musical, with music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, based on the award-winning film Calendar Girls written by Firth and Juliette Towhidi, opened on stage in the Wales Millennium ...

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The Mirror Crack’d – New Theatre, Cardiff

Novel by Agatha Christie Adapted for the stage by Rachel Wagstaff Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Barbara Michaels The name Agatha Christie is synonymous with thrillers that hold their appeal through the years – think The Mousetrap now entering its 67th record-breaking year on stage and still going strong.  But a first-ever stage adaptation of one of Christie’s mystery novels is ...

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All’s Well That Ends Well – Exeter Northcott

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor: Dominic Power Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Lucy Corley All’s Well That Ends Well is the second half of a double-bill at Exeter Northcott by Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, following a production of Hamlet that was fairly well-received, if a little predictable for this reviewer. Back for a second round, we find the same concrete-esque grey ...

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Hamlet – Exeter Northcott

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Lucy Corley The poster for Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s Hamlet – a skull wearing a red nose and grinning – promises a quirky, unique reading of the play that the company, unfortunately, does not deliver. This isn’t to say that the show is unsuccessful: it may not have been the production its ...

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Hamlet – The Lowry, Salford

Alan Mahon as Hamlet

Writer: William Shakespeare Director : Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Bristol’s Tobacco Factory company bring Shakespeare’s Scandi Noir play to Salford’s Lowry Theatre, in repertory with the lesser known comedy All’s Well That Ends Well. While the Tobacco factory may have pedigree of their own, the echoes of applause seem barely to have died away from Maxine Peake’s daring performance ...

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All’s Well That Ends Well – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes   All’s Well That Ends Well is the second play in Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s season commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. Following on from Hamlet, and again co-produced with Tobacco Factory Theatres, this difficult, lesser-performed comedy has been rewritten in parts by Dominic Power, moving its action ...

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The School For Scandal – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Adaptor: Dominic Power Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Claire Hayes Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s second production of the season is from Sheridan – not the first time the company has strayed outside its Shakespearean roots. Unexpectedly for SATTF regulars though, it's this play, rather than its season companion Romeo and Juliet, which has the more familiar, ...

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Entertaining Mr Sloane – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Angela Wilson [rating:4] The “swinging sixties” – an era of social change, sexual liberation and questioning of the old order. Written in 1964, Entertaining Mr Sloane is Joe Orton’s darkly comic take on the morals and attitudes of the times. The spirit of the decade is totally captured in the opening video montage ...

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