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Club Tropicana The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Michael Gyngell Music: Greg Arrowsmith Director: Samuel Holmes Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Georgie Bird Club Tropicana The Musical delivers what anyone would expect – wonderfully cheesy 80s music, fun energetic choreography, and plenty of laughs. The set perfectly complements the music; loud, colourful and fun. The costumes are an adept reminder of the many questionable fashion choices in the ...

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Glengarry Glen Ross, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: David Mamet Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Joan Phillips Take yourself back to early 80’s corporate America. Shades of beige and shiny suits, double-breasted jackets and slicked back hair. This is the age of sales targets, machismo, the era of success or failure. This is where the lines of professional salesmanship blur with lies, greed, and corruption. First staged at ...

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Intronauts – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Dramaturg: Adam Fuller Director: Emma Williams Reviewer: Joan Phillips Inspired by 1960’s sci-fi movies such as Fantastic Voyage, Intronauts takes a look into the not too distant future, where tiny microscopic workers are injected into the human body in order to perform maintenance or health checks. The show opens with a graphic designer, occupied as much by his design project ...

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Matilda The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Dennis Kelley (based on the book by Roald Dahl) Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Joan Phillips Enter the dark imagination of Roald Dahl in the story of Matilda, a young girl, unwanted and overlooked by her parents. Seen from the point of view of the young girl, in Dahl’s imaginary world the children are wiser ...

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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 Kneebone Cadillac – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer:  Carl Grose Director: Simon Stokes Reviewer: Joan Phillips In the programme notes writer Carl Grose talks about being taken to United Downs as a child and how he always wanted to write about the area and the people he saw there. If you Google United Downs, the first five things that come up are: tip, dump, waste, industrial estate and banger racing. It ...

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Still Alice – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Christine Mary Dunford (adapted from the book by Lisa Genova) Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Joan Phillips Dementia can seem one of nature's cruelest conditions. Young on-set Alzheimer's is even more vicious. Lisa Genova's book Still Alice, published in 2007, was first adapted for the stage by Christine Mary Dunford before it was then made into an academy award winning ...

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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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