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9 to 5 The Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and Lyrics: Dolly Parton Based on the book by Patricia Resnick Screenplay: Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins Director: Jeff Calhoun Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Back on stage again after 11 years, 9 to 5 The Musical  is just as much fun as ever, albeit without its illustrious creator, although she does put in a brief appearance through a couple of video ...

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Rigoletto – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Opera: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave Director: James Macdonald Revival director: Caroline Chaney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Set in the White House during the Kennedy era, James Macdonald’s revival of Verdi’s Rigoletto was first staged by Welsh National Opera seventeen years ago.  There have been a few adjustments since, and, given our present political state, the production keeps pace with ...

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TUCK – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Alun Saunders Directors: Mared Swain & Jess Williams Reviewer: Beth Steer Using drag queens, glitz, and glamour to explore difficult, dark subjects like suicide, isolation, and loneliness, might seem like a difficult concept to make work – but TUCK smashes it out of the park. And it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Another outstanding piece of theatre from Welsh playwright Alun ...

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La Cenerentola – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Rossini Director: Joan Font Revival Director: Xevi Dorca Conductor: Thomas Hanus Reviewer: Emily Pearce WNO ends its Autumn season with La Cenerentola, the retelling of the fairytale Cinderella through Rossini’s challenging and sparkling score. Thomas Hanus’ orchestra is on excellent, and lively form – Rossini’s virtuosic music is played with precision and verve. Even better, the cast are uniformly ...

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Easter Entertainment – The Reviews Hub’s top theatre picks

Whether you’ve been off for a week already or the kids danced into school this morning with that enviable ‘last day of term’ excitement, coming up with ideas to fill a potentially wet Easter break is a tough challenge. To help ease some of the pressure (and leave you more time to eat leftover chocolate eggs while the kids aren’t ...

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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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WNO: Madam Butterfly – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Joachim Herz Conductor: Lawrence Foster Reviewer: Emily Pearce Welsh National Opera continues its ‘Love’s Poisoned Chalice’ season with the second of its Puccini operas, Madam Butterfly. This popular production by Joachim Herz has been revived several times since its premiere in 1978, and with the simple, yet effective set allowing the score to take centre stage, ...

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Kiss Me, Kate – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

  Writers: Bella and Samuel Spewick Composer &Lyricist: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Chris Williams After the serious operas Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice, the Welsh National Opera ends its autumn season celebrating Shakespeare400 by bringing us the frothy Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. Divorced, bickering Broadway stars Fred Graham and Lili Vanessi are putting on ...

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