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Cinderella: A Fairytale – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Devised by: The Company Revival Director: Chris Pirie Reviewer: Chris Oldham Gearing up for a recently extended run into the New Year, Cinderella: A Fairytale returns to the Tobacco Factory theatre this Christmas for the first time since its première back in 2011. Taking the Grimm Brothers' version of the well-known fairytale as its template, it tells the story of ...

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Champ – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Samuel Bailey Director: Jesse Jones Reviewer: Kris Hallett Danny is late for his JobCentre appointment, rattling off a list of excuses ‘rat-a-tat-a-tat’ as to why he wasn’t there to sign himself on. He is loud, mouthy and prone to politically incorrect impersonations, but soon reveals there is something more delicate underneath. He helps a vulnerable neighbour with her weekly ...

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The Weir – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Claire Hayes There’s a deceptive air of normality at the opening of Conor McPherson’s much garlanded 1997 play The Weir; another evening in a rural Irish backwater pub, where the regulars shut out the howling wind and gather for a few pints and a ‘small one’ or two. Rachel O’Riordan - hugely successful ...

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Don Giovanni – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Lorenzo da Ponte Translator: Amanda Holden Director/Designer: Richard Studer Conductor: Jonathan Lyness Reviewer: Kris Hallet One of the great joys in attending opera is the sheer opulence of it. With its large casts, generous orchestras and a set budget that would keep a Premier League footballer fed for a number of weeks, it is easy ...

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Blue Heart – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writer: Caryl Churchill Director: David Mercatali Reviewer: Kris Hallett It can never be claimed that Caryl Churchill rests on her laurels. Being described as 'Britain's greatest living playwright' would surely give you the right to sit back with feet up and cigar to hand and churn out well-made plays that can easily be consumed and appreciated by a boulevard West ...

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Into The West – Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Writer and Director: Greg Banks Musical Director: Thomas Johnson Reviewer: Claire Hayes Bristol-based theatre company Travelling Light is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Into the West, the show that first established its reputation, by reviving it for a new generation of young people. And such is the timelessness of this play’s vivid, lyrical storytelling that it seems as relevant and ...

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All’s Well That Ends Well – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andrew Hilton Reviewer: Lizz Clark How can you make someone love you when they don't? It's the subject of many pop songs, but even some great fans of Shakespeare will be unaware that he wrote a play on the theme. All's Well That Ends Well, in this Bristol Tobacco Factory production, is a witty comedy brim-full ...

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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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