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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Beautiful Thing review at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol – ‘as uplifting as ever’ by Jeremy Brien

Bristol was an early pioneer of post-war housing estates, so the city’s Tobacco Factory Theatres provide an excellent choice for this 25th

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

In Praise of Love review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘a compelling revival’ by Jeremy Brien

Jonathan Church closes this year`s rich Theatre Royal Bath summer season with an articulate and finely acted revival of Terence Rattigan`s rarely-performed

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Shakespeare in Love review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘a vibrant revival’ by Jeremy Brien

Among the many joys of the Oscar winning film Shakespeare in Love is the tongue-in-cheek thespian banter from writers Marc Norman and

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

God of Carnage review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘caustic comedy’ by Jeremy Brien

Hot on the heels of a tremendous production of Arthur Miller`s family drama The Price, Theatre Royal Bath stages a revival of

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Price review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘outstanding production of Arthur Miller’s drama’ by Jeremy Brien

Jonathan Church, artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath’s summer season, has settled on the 50th anniversary of Arthur Miller’s intricately plotted family

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Switzerland review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘gripping thriller about Patricia Highsmith’ by Jeremy Brien

In her pomp, Patricia Highsmith was one of America’s most successful thriller writers of the 20th century, author of the Tom Ripley

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Monday, July 23, 2018

South Western review at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol – ‘cinematic style’ by Jeremy Brien

South Western, the latest anarchic offering from Bristol-based collective the Wardrobe Ensemble, is labelled a spaghetti western, but feels more like a

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Cherry Orchard review at Wellow Recreation Ground, Bath – ‘pathos and comedy’ by Jeremy Brien

Alfresco touring company Miracle Theatre has abandoned the high speed entrances and exits on bicycles from last year`s production of Flann O`Brien`s

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Henry V review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘a slow-burning staging’ by Jeremy Brien

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, never afraid of treading new paths, has taken temporary leave of its Bristol home to launch the

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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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