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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Louis de Bernières Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Stephen Bates Setting a fictional romance against the backdrop of real events in Greece during World War II, Louis de Bernières’ 1994 novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin became a worldwide hit. Many thought that the lavish 2001 film version suffered badly from miscasting, but, unencumbered by pressure to place star ...

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Songs for Nobodies – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Joanna Murray-Smith Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A chance encounter with celebrity is something that we’ve all dreamed of at some point; whether it’s coming face-to-face with a particular idol or enjoying our own 15 minutes of fame collecting that much deserved Oscar, Tony Award or being elected Prime Minister, we’re all encouraged to dream big. For a ...

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The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Daniel Jamieson Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Jay Nuttall “I want to waste the rest of my life with you,” Bella tells her husband, Marc – and for a short time, we are invited to waste some of our time with them too. Of course, not a second is wasted in Kneehigh’s exquisite The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. This eccentric ...

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Boudica  – Globe Theatre, London

Writer: Tristan Bernays Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Richard Maguire "We will win back this land" chant Boudica and her allies as they prepare to march on London, razing Camulodunum (Colchester) to the ground on the way, and it’s hard not to get swept away in this heady patriotism currently being played out at The Globe. What little we know of ...

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The Herbal Bed – Theatre Royal, Bath

ETT's The Herbal Bed production shot

Writer:Peter Whelan Director:James Dacre Reviewer: Claire Hayes   As contemporary headlines scream for transparency and the gap between public and private is narrowed, the themes of Peter Whelan’s 1996 play The Herbal Bed seem more relevant than ever. In 1613, James I has been on the throne for ten years. Post-Reformation England is full of social upheaval, as the Puritan ...

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Snow White – Oxford Playhouse

Snow White and the apple

Director and Choreographer: Liv Lorent Music: Murray Gold Reviewer:Katy Roberts The cautionary tale of Snow White is told anew in this new production from Newcastle contemporary dance company, balletLORENT. Reworked for the stage in a scenario written by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this is not your traditional sugar-coated, happily-ever-after. Duffy and director Liv Lorent look to the original ...

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balletLORENT: Snow White – The Lowry, Salford

Production photo of balletLORENT's Snow White

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Music: Murray Gold Director and Choreographer: Liv Lorent Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   It is the time of year when any show title referencing a traditional fairy tale makes one expect it will be a pantomime. Although clearly intended for a young audience balletLORENT’s version of Snow White is not camp but a vivid re-telling of the ...

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