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Miss Saigon – Bristol Hippodrome

Book & Lyrics: Alain Boublil Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Hot on the heels of composers Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil’s smash hit musical, Les Misérables, just four years previous, Miss Saigon was first performed on 1989 and tells the story of a doomed romance between a then 17-year-old Vietnamese woman and an American G.I. It is ...

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Madam Butterfly – Birmingham Hippodrome

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Joachim Herz Reviewer: John Kennedy A Marxist/Leninist rationale might have Madam Butterfly’s libretto seen as a retro-appropriated allegory of US colonial cultural and patriarchal exploitation. But then, opera never did really catch on in the Gulags. Meanwhile,  feminist critiques might suggest cynical, gender-bias hegemony. Ergo: in a Man’s world – things never change – tutti gli uomini ...

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Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile – Curve Leicester

Conductor John Pryce Jones DirectorDavid Nixon Music Giacomo Puccini Reviewer: Farhana Shaikh The Northern Ballet’s latest production of Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile is energetic and evocative theatre at its very best. The show starts with a seventeen minute performance of Perpetuum Mobile – set to Bach’s music – and is a marriage of music and classical ballet steps. As ...

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Northern Ballet: Madame Butterfly – Liverpool Playhouse

Music: Giacomo Puccini Choreographer: David Nixon Conductor: Nathan Fifield Reviewer: John Roberts Madame Butterfly has been adapted/translated/re-visited many times before in many different ways, its story of love and tragic loss is timeless and strikes a chord with every new generation that is introduced to its heartbreaking story, however in this production choreographed by David Nixon for Northern Ballet something ...

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Northern Ballet: Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile – CAST, Doncaster

Artistic Director: David Nixon OBE Choreography: David Nixon OBE, Christopher Hampson Music Director: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Northern Ballet premiere in Doncaster with their new scaled down, pared back performance of Madame Butterfly with Perpetuum Mobile. traditionally, the company are acclaimed for their elaborate sets and full-scale versions of both well-known (and lesser-known) story telling ballets. Their recent tour ...

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Playing for Time – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Arthur Miller Based on the memoir by: Fania Fenelon Director: Richard Beecham Composer, Lyricist &Musical Director: Sam Kenyon Reviewer: Janet Jepson The set is bleak, dark and grey, with skeletal trees that seem symbolic of the whole concentration camp experience. When the group of women is arrested by the Nazis and transported in barbaric conditions eastwards to the infamous ...

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Opera First: Madame Butterfly – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Music: GiacomoPuccini Director: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Claire Hayes Opera Project first performed in the intimate setting of the Factory Theatre in 2003, and proved so popular that the company has been returning every autumn since with a fresh production. This year, they’ve chosen to stage Madame Butterfly, sung in English and with a new orchestration for 13 ...

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The Public Reviews 2014 Preview: Part II

In our second instalment of our 2014 previews our regional editors in Scotland, Central and South West talk us through the productions that are getting them excited throughout the year. SCOTLAND: Lauren Humphries The temperature is falling, the urge to hibernate is strong but 2014 promises to be a knockout year in Scottish theatre. You’d be forgiven for thinking that ...

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