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Friday, February 14, 2020

The Realistic Joneses review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘reflective, witty, unsettling’ by Jeremy Brien

When Deborah Warner takes over as artistic director of Bath’s Ustinov Studio in the autumn, she will inherit an enviable reputation for

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘energetic two-man staging’ by Jeremy Brien

Oscar Wilde plots don’t come much more convoluted than The Importance of Being Earnest. Yet the adventurous Barn Theatre in Cirencester is

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

God of Carnage review at Theatre Royal, Bath – ‘a caustic commentary on the modern family’ by Jeremy Brien

Yasmina Reza’s acerbic comedy of ill manners God of Carnage, translated from the French by Christopher Hampton, was a highlight of the

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Aladdin review at Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury – ‘a curate’s egg’ by Jeremy Brien

Gloucestershire panto fans can wrap themselves in the traditional Christmas-time comfort blanket of familiarity with this year’s production of Aladdin at the

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil – ‘rich performances’ by Jeremy Brien

Disney Cruise Line performer Kathryn Nash brings a welcome injection of trans-Atlantic pizzazz into this strictly traditional West Country pantomime. Based in

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Dick Whittington review at Bristol Hippodrome – ‘dazzling set pieces’ by Jeremy Brien

Soap opera luminary Shane Richie has become synonymous with the pantomime Robin Hood in recent years. This Christmas, though, he has been

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Friday, December 6, 2019

A Christmas Carol review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘stunning technical wizardry’ by Jeremy Brien

What has turned Ebenezer Scrooge into a curmudgeonly miser with his deep-seated aversion to Christmas? This is the ingenious debate conducted by

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

A Christmas Carol review at Bristol Old Vic – ‘captivatingly fresh update’ by Jeremy Brien

Tom Morris is celebrating his game-changing 10 years as artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic with a revival of one of

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Wild Goose Dreams review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘tender and eventually tragic’ by Jeremy Brien

Yet more new territory for Theatre Royal Bath’s intrepid Ustinov Studio to explore. Artistic director Lawrence Boswell has added Asia to his impressive

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Friday, October 25, 2019

One Under review at Theatre Royal Plymouth – ‘a bold revival’ by Jeremy Brien

Winsome Pinnock’s psychological drama about family grief and the search for reconciliation was first presented at the then Tricycle Theatre in 2005.

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Cyrano review at Bristol Old Vic – ‘more playful than poetic’ by Jeremy Brien

Aside from the works of Shakespeare, few if any plays can have inspired as many spin-offs as Edmond Rostand’s heroic romance Cyrano

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) review at Bristol Old Vic – ‘rip-roaring riff on Jane Austen’ by Jeremy Brien

Jane Austen’s literary classic as karaoke? It seems an unlikely fit at first, but Isobel McArthur’s roistering all-female pop musical adaptation, Pride

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Argument review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘dark and waspish comedy of bad manners’ by Jeremy Brien

William Boyd is used to having his formidable array of novels adapted for the screen. Here, though, he has written – only

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Friday, July 12, 2019

A Perfect World review Merlin Theatre Ecos Amphitheatre, Frome – ‘riotous open-air parody’ by Jeremy Brien

Intrepid Cornwall-based open-air touring company Miracle Theatre is marking its 40th anniversary with this trademark lampoon by founder/director Bill Scott of famous

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Blithe Spirit review at Theatre Royal Bath starring Jennifer Saunders – ‘as diverting today as in 1941’ by Jeremy Brien

No summer season at the Theatre Royal Bath could claim to be authentic without a Noel Coward, a Bernard Shaw or an

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘wacky and ingenious’ by Jeremy Brien

Not exactly buy one, get one free. But an imaginative piece of Theatre Royal Bath summer season programming has linked next month’s

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

The Mousetrap review at Northcott Theatre, Exeter – ‘Agatha Christie’s classic mystery on tour’ by Jeremy Brien

The Mousetrap is not just another Agatha Christie whodunnit. It’s a London institution (and, by extension, a tourist attraction), akin to Madame

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Our Country’s Good review at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol – ‘an articulate production’ by Jeremy Brien

First performed in 1988 and inspired by the stories of first-ever convicts shipped to Australia, Timberlake Wertenbaker’s political powerhouse, Our Country’s Good,

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Butterfly Lion review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘magical and moving’ by Jeremy Brien

Former children’s laureate Michael Morpurgo has already lauded the Barn Theatre’s adaptation of his African morality play, The Butterfly Lion, as so

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Acts of Resistance review at Bristol Old Vic – ‘passionate community play’ by Jeremy Brien

It would be difficult to imagine a more turbulent time in the UK than the last 18 months. Yet this is the

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

The Omission of the Family Coleman review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘a wildly unorthodox comedy’ by Jeremy Brien

Ustinov Studio artistic director Laurence Boswell brings down the curtain on an inventive season of UK premieres from the Americas with The

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Stones in His Pockets review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘a timely revival’ by Jeremy Brien

Marie Jones’ Olivier-winning black comedy Stones in His Pockets, currently out on a 14-week national tour 20 years after its West End

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol – ‘high-octane’ by Jeremy Brien

One of the many joys of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the numerous opportunities it provides for ingenuity and extravagance. Director Mike

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Blue Door review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘two fine performances’ by Jeremy Brien

Blue Door is the name given by some African Americans to the ancestral belief that painting door frames in this colour would

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Crimes on the Nile review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘delightfully dotty’ by Jeremy Brien

Bath-based New Old Friends have expanded its spoof thriller targets this year to include Noel Coward and the early Ealing comedies, as

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Aladdin review at Octagon Theatre, Yeovil – ‘a vibrant production’ by Jeremy Brien

The regular return of pantomime production teams to the same theatre is usually a sure-fire marker, and Evolution Pantomimes’ vibrant production for

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Aladdin review at Corn Exchange, Exeter – ‘some ingenious ideas’ by Jeremy Brien

Shakespeare had the notion first in The Comedy of Errors – the comic opportunities presented by two sets of estranged siblings separated

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Peter Pan review at Theatre Royal, Bath – ‘an uneasy mix’ by Jeremy Brien

Peter Pans are thin on the ground in West Country theatres this Christmas. This curate’s egg of a Theatre Royal Bath production

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Cinderella review at Bristol Hippodrome – ‘opulent production values’ by Jeremy Brien

If this year’s Cinderella at the Bristol Hippodrome had failed to offer the best dressed Ugly Sisters in pantoland, management would surely

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Aladdin review at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham – ‘Tweedy’s trademark tomfoolery’ by Jeremy Brien

Brazilian professional circus clown Tiririca (it means Grumpy) has just won a seat in his country`s parliament for the third election in

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

A Christmas Carol review at Bristol Old Vic – ‘Exhilarating new look at Charles Dickens’ spiritual odyssey’ by Jeremy Brien

The Bristol Old Vic lowers the curtain on a memorable Year of Change season with this bold and resourceful re-working of Charles

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