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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire – ‘gloriously funny’ by Jeremy Brien

After two summers of invigorating open-air Shakespeare in the gardens of Berkeley Castle, Split Second Productions has moved into the majestic 12th

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Friday, May 4, 2018

The Whale review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘an impressive performance’ by Jeremy Brien

Broadway actor Shuler Hensley wears a huge padded suit to play the lead in Samuel D Hunter`s intellectually challenging play The Whale.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A View From the Bridge review at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol – ‘an outstanding update’ by Jeremy Brien

The ground-breaking new company of players at Bristol`s Tobacco Factory has set a formidable quality mark in its inaugural season, with this

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Agnes Colander review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘a long-lost Harley Granville Barker play’ by Jeremy Brien

This long-lost play by eminent Edwardian playwright Harley Granville Barker did not win any favours from its author. Agnes Colander, an early

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Secret Garden review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘a delight’ by Jeremy Brien

Iwan Lewis, artistic director of the new 200-seat Barn Theatre in Cirencester, has set out his stall by opening the space with

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Friday, March 9, 2018

The Cherry Orchard review at Bristol Old Vic – ‘a vibrant production’ by Jeremy Brien

Playwright Rory Mullarkey`s forthright, faithful and funny new translation of Anton Chekhov`s final masterpiece, The Cherry Orchard, is tailor-made for the launch

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Macbeth review at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol – ‘dynamic and imaginative’ by Jeremy Brien

Macbeth, with its use of violence as a political tool, is among the more receptive of Shakespeare`s plays to a modern overlay.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Crimes Under the Sun review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘a comic caper’ by Jeremy Brien

Iconic thriller writers Agatha Christie and John Buchan can scarcely have imagined that, many decades later, they would become the regular butt

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Quartet review at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham – ‘strongly performed’ by Jeremy Brien

Mark Goucher, who is bedding in as the new Chief Executive at Cheltenham Everyman, has launched his strategy to make the theatre

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Friday, December 8, 2017

A Christmas Carol review at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire – ‘an atmospheric setting’ by Jeremy Brien

The family of Tom Berkeley, co-founder of Guildford-based Split Second Productions, have lived in the fortress-like Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire since the

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Peter Pan review at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon – ‘decidedly mixed quality’ by Jeremy Brien

Peter Pan, seen by JM Barrie as his theatrical homage to childhood, is always at its best allying dazzling flying scenes with

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Dick Whittington and His Cat review at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham – ‘circus capers’ by Jeremy Brien

Professional circus clown Tweedy is in his pomp in his home town pantomime at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre. It’s well worth arriving 15

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Real Thing review at Theatre Royal, Bath – ‘a sparkling revival’ by Jeremy Brien

Most of the plays in Tom Stoppard`s kaleidoscopic portfolio appeal to the intellect. But The Real Thing, an examination of the nature

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Private Lives review at Malvern Festival Theatre – ‘faithful and engaging’ by Jeremy Brien

It is one of the best-known put-downs in the whole of Noel Coward. “Very flat Norfolk,” a peevish Amanda tells her dangerously

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Looking at Lucian review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘stunning portrait of Lucian Freud’ by Jeremy Brien

Henry Goodman previously portrayed that doyen of repressed fears, Sigmund Freud, in Terry Johnson’s surreal comedy Hysteria. So it doesn’t take a

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Friday, July 7, 2017

The Third Policeman review at Wellow Recreation Ground – ‘enjoyably absurd’ by Jeremy Brien

A favourite of James Joyce and Graham Greene, the work of enigmatic Irish satirist Flann O`Brien is a bold choice for an

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Much Ado About Nothing review at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire – ‘joyous and youthful’ by Jeremy Brien

Few Shakespeare plays are better suited to the time machine treatment than Much Ado About Nothing. After all, soldiers returning from battle

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Julius Caesar starring Julian Glover – review at Bristol Old Vic – ‘strong and lucid’ by Jeremy Brien

This politically-charged, modern-dress version of Julius Caesar marks a second collaboration between the Bristol Old Vic and students from the independent BOV

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tartuffe review at Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol – ‘a rollicking Moliere update’ by Jeremy Brien

When Moliere`s 17th century satirical masterpiece, Tartuffe, was premiered at the Palace of Versailles, critics were appalled by his depiction of religious

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Othello review at Tobacco Factory, Bristol – ‘thrilling and dynamic’ by Jeremy Brien

Two bold concepts inhabit this thrilling modern-dress version of Othello. Young actors virtually straight out of RADA – Abraham Popoola and Norah

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Blood Brothers review at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon – ‘evocative touring production’ by Jeremy Brien

Given that previous performers in the role have included the likes of Barbara Dickson, Petula Clark, Carole King and four of the

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Hysteria review at Malvern Festival Theatre – ‘disappointingly disconnected’ by Jeremy Brien

Terry Johnson has a penchant for conjuring up meetings between famous but unlikely people. It first surfaced with Marilyn Monroe and Albert

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Torvill and Dean in Cinderella at Bristol Hippodrome review – ‘alluring and charismatic’ by Jeremy Brien

Torvill and Dean get to use of one of the largest stages in the country for their second highly successful venture into

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Robin Hood review at the Egg, Theatre Royal Bath – ‘impressive’ by Jeremy Brien

Greg Banks has an international reputation as a writer and director for young audiences, so it is no surprise that this rumbustious

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Jack and the Beanstalk review at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham – ‘a curate’s egg’ by Jeremy Brien

Professional circus clown Tweedy is on sabbatical from the Big Top for the fifth Christmas running, bringing his special laughter-making talent to

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Cinderella review at Wyvern Theatre, Swindon – ‘short on star quality’ by Jeremy Brien

The unusual pairing of modest-sized Horsham-based producers One from the Heart and giant entertainment group Qdos furnish the Swindon pantomime for the 12th

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Aladdin review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘slow burning’ by Jeremy Brien

Aladdin chalked up more UK box office business than any other pantomime last Christmas. Some of its traditional strengths shine through in

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Tales with Granddad review at Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare – ‘skilful puppetry’ by Jeremy Brien

Weston-super-Mare`s seafront Tropicana, rescued from dereliction last year when renowned street artist Banksy attracted 150,000 visitors to his surreal Dismaland exhibition, is

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Peter Pan review at Octagon Theatre, Yeovil – ‘imaginative’ by Jeremy Brien

It is with considerable aplomb that writer and producer Paul Hendry has mixed JM Barrie`s literary celebration of childhood in Peter Pan,

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Archive: The 250-year history of Bristol’s illegal theatre by Jeremy Brien

The usual blaze of publicity surrounding the arrival of a new playhouse in town was nowhere to be seen when the Theatre

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Brunel's Passenger Shed, Temple Meads Station, Bristol: Never one to shun innovation, Isambard Kingdom Brunel would surely have approved of the imaginative use of circus skills to help mark …

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