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Wise Children – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Emma Rice, adapted from the novel by Angela Carter Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Wise Children is the acclaimed final novel by Angela Carter, now adapted by Emma Rice as the inaugural production of her new company, also called Wise Children, following her tenure as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The plot concerns twin girls, Nora and Dora ...

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Wise Children – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Angela Carter Director: Emma Rice  Reviewer: Clare Howdon Emma Rice appears to have something of a love affair with Angela Carter. After directing Nights at the Circus in 2006, Rice’s adaptation of Carter’s seminal novel Wise Children (which is also coincidentally the name of her new theatre company) is currently doing the rounds in the UK, following a successful run at the Old ...

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The Red Shoes – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne  Reviewer: Emily Pearce Made in 1948, Powell and Pressburger’s cinematic masterpiece – a film about a ballet dancer and the all-consuming nature of love and art is a perfect, bold match for Matthew Bourne’s vision in this stunning production. A young ballerina, Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw) auditions in front of the impressive ...

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The Red Shoes– Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director/ Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Lu Greer Following the running theme of the last few years, yet another much-loved classic is getting a reboot, this time in the form of Powell and Pressburger's 1948 classic The Red Shoes. While perhaps not as well- known as the litany of other classic film being re-imagined in one way or another, Matthew Bourne ...

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The Red Shoes – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer:  Katy Roberts Throughout his illustrious career, for which he was awarded a knighthood last year, Matthew Bourne has enchanted audiences worldwide with his imaginative retellings of fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella), classic ballets (Swan Lake), and beloved films (Edward Scissorhands). For his latest venture, Bourne has combined the two latter elements, bringing Powell and ...

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The Red Shoes – Birmingham Hippodrome

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer:  Hannah Powell A fabulous display of strength, grace, power, and emotion - based upon the classic Powell and Pressburger film, The Red Shoes is a fantastic piece of theatre designed to draw in its audience and keep them completely engaged right up to the very end. The dancers make every move look effortless and ...

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The Red Shoes – Sadler’s Wells, London

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Remaking or re-imaging a classic film can be a dangerous business, such is the love and affection for the original interpretation. The films of the golden age of Hollywood from 1940-1960 are particularly untouchable and the scathing reviews that followed reboots of films like Psycho seem inevitable. Now it’s the turn of ...

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The Lord of the Flies – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Writer: William Golding Director/Choreographer: Scott Ambler and Matthew Bourne Music: Terry Davies Reviewer: Lu Greer   This production brings together two entities which should be very well known to the vast majority of the audience. Matthew Bourne is a well-known name to anyone interested in dance, and indeed to a lot of people with very little knowledge of it, while ...

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