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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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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Cinderella , Theatre Royal Bath by Jeremy Brien

Theatre Royal Bath: This is the first Christmas at the Theatre Royal Bath since the sudden death of Chris Harris, doyen of pantomime dames and director here for the last 13 years. Management…

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Santa's Little Trolls , Brewery Theatre, Bristol by Jeremy Brien

Brewery Theatre, Bristol: The addition of a studio space, the Brewery Theatre, just across the road from the Tobacco Factory Theatres' main house, comes into its own at Christmas time. …

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dick Whittington , Bristol Hippodrome by Jeremy Brien

Bristol Hippodrome: Management has come up with the clever publicity tag of "wags to riches" to reflect the unusual star of this year's Bristol Hippodrome pantomime. Britain&#…

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dick Whittington , Wyvern, Swindon by Jeremy Brien

Wyvern, Swindon: Rather surprisingly, this rags-to-riches tale has dropped to seventh place in the 2014 league table of most-performed UK pantomimes. It isn't lacking support in the Wes…

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Rumpelstiltskin , The Egg, Bath by Jeremy Brien

The Egg, Bath: Where would we be at Christmas-time without the Brothers Grimm, whose fairytales are among the most popular choice for children's shows away from the pantomime comfort zo…

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101 Dalmatians , The Tobacco Factory, Bristol by Jeremy Brien

The Tobacco Factory, Bristol: It's a canine Christmas at the Tobacco Factory this year. For the choice of a well-known story for the company's trademark inventive style has fallen …

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Magic Elves , Bristol Old Vic Studio by Jeremy Brien

Bristol Old Vic Studio: There can't be too many Christmas shows for very young children this year that feature a karaoke turn by the Queen, complete with toy corgi, belting out her own …

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Swallows and Amazons , Bristol Old Vic by Jeremy Brien

Bristol Old Vic: This musical adaptation of Arthur Ransome's iconic children's adventure story was the first Christmas offering at the Bristol Old Vic from artistic director Tom Mo…

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Sleeping Beauty , Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham by Jeremy Brien

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham: Professional circus clown Tweedy, who spends most of the year touring with the Big Top, takes time out at Christmas to appear in pantomime. His mix of frenetic …

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