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Saturday, February 4, 2023

‘One to admire but not quite to love’: Drive Your Plow Over The Bones of The Dead – Touring ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

A Complicite show is event theatre. Previous works such as A Disappearing Number, An Encounter and The Master and Margarita are locked in a pantheon of the great works of my lifetime. So, it…

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

‘An exquisitely paced production’: REVEALED – Bristol ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Daniel J Carver’s Revealed at Bristol’s Tobacco Factory has been heralded as the most important work the space has ever presented. Perhaps the pitch pushes this conceit a little far, but…

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Monday, August 23, 2021

‘A rip-roaringly entertaining first show back’: WINNERS – Bristol ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Taking aim at capitalism, The Wardrobe Ensemble’s Winners rushes through the history of man, big ideas and systems designed to make the ‘special ones’ rich at the expense of all others…

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

‘Brings clarity to a towering American masterpiece’: WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF – Bristol ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

David Mercatali’s production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf though long finds layer after layer in the lashings of marital discord.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

‘Feels like no other venue enriches its audiences so much’: THE REALISTIC JONESES – Bath ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

There is a sadness behind the sitcom-like deadpan of Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses that keeps its audience gripped while still holding it one step removed.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

‘Fascinating exploration of solitary lives’: WILD GOOSE DREAMS – Bath ★★★ by Kris Hallett

An always fascinating piece, Wild Goose Dreams detours constantly down different alleys to tell its story and gets overwhelmed by all the work’s devices.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

‘Their richest show yet’: THE ODYSSEY – Touring ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

In tackling Homer’s The Odyssey, Bristol favourites Living Spit, known for their anarchic, slapstick takes on history’s great and infamous figures, ascend to the next level of ambition.

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

‘A mighty fine piece of work’: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – Bristol ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s Much Ado About Nothing hits a higher level of excellence again, producing a work that will appeals to both Bard newbies and connoisseurs.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

‘Lays down its comedy with a thud’: CYRANO – Bristol ★★★ by Kris Hallett

It’s only when the location moves to the battlefield and the production is allowed to breathe and the poetry to sing that this production of Cyrano finally begins to come into its own.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

‘It’s impossible to not be won over’: PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) – Bristol ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Much like Six, that pushes King Henry to the sidelines to place the spotlight on his long-suffering wives, here the Bennett sisters get to take complete ownership of the stage and the story …

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

‘Awash with beautifully heightened language’: UNICORNS, ALMOST – Bristol ★★★ by Kris Hallett

It may not be a piece that shakes you, but in bringing the words of Keith Douglas to its audience, Sheers has proved a willing literary executor.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

‘Probably the best climax to any show seen this year’: FISHBOWL – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★★ by Kris Hallett

A sold-out Pleasance Grand suggests that Fishbowl may be one of the hits of the summer.

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Monday, August 19, 2019

‘Impressive melodies delivered with impeccable brio’: LIMBO: CITY OF DREAMS – Edinburgh Fringe by Kris Hallett

You can’t accuse upcoming composer Finn Anderson of resting on his laurels. His fingerprints are all over this year’s Fringe, from the buzz-worthy Islanders over at Summerhall, to this, …

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

‘Jet black comedy mixed with just a dash of Dali’: CROCODILE FEVER – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Who needs that double espresso shot when shows like Meghan Tyler’s Crocodile Fever exist?

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

‘You’re guaranteed a good night out’: CRUEL INTENTIONS: The ’90s Musical – Edinburgh Fringe ★★★ by Kris Hallett

Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical is unlikely to go down as a musical theatre classic but you’re guaranteed a good night out, even if you can’t quite believe what you’re watching.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

‘It knows what its audience wants’: VET. DETECTIVE. – Bristol ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

It may not be the company hitting their absolute heights, but it knows what its audience wants having been versed over the past few years and plays all the hits. Like your favourite festival…

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Friday, August 2, 2019

‘Everett’s artistry grows ever richer’: UNCLE VANYA – Bath ★★★ by Kris Hallett

Rupert Everett’s fascinating performance hides some of the deficiencies inherent in this production of Uncle Vanya which never gets to the heart of this transcendent play.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

‘Charming but old-fashioned’: MALORY TOWERS – Touring ★★★ by Kris Hallett

The Malory Towers company deserves great plaudits for putting their all into such a high-intensity show; it’s a charming piece but one that undoubtedly feels like minor-key Rice.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

‘Just doesn’t ever take off’: VIENNA 1934-MUNICH 1938 – Bath by Kris Hallett

What may have worked as a leisurely memoir, consumed over a period of a few weeks, fails to ignite in Vanessa Redgrave’s Vienna 1934-Munich 1938.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

‘A guaranteed crowd pleaser’: BLITHE SPIRIT – Bath ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

It’s is not going to change your life but for a chance to see a national treasure and to wallow away from the pressures of the real world for a couple of hours, Blithe Spirit ticks all the…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

‘I predict a hit’: VANYA & SONIA & MASHA & SPIKE – Bath ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Jonathan Church has a showman’s eye for the popular and it’s a relief to report that Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike provides a strong start to another Bath summer season.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

‘It shows how integration can help lift artistry’: IN THE WILLOWS – Touring ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Who could have predicted that Kenneth Grahame’s genteel Edwardian tale about riverbanks and hot buttered toast would translate so well to Metta Theatre’s grime infused retelling? I went …

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Saturday, May 11, 2019

‘The kind of work that should open some doors’: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES – Touring ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Theatre is tackling a constant diversity issue, a key component being how to attract an audience that rarely feels the theatre is open to them. Barber Shop Chronicles is the kind of work tha…

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

‘Stifles as much as illuminates the piece’: OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD – Bristol ★★★ by Kris Hallett

Our Country’s Good still grips, it would take a very poor production indeed to ruin that, but you can’t help feeling that Anna Girvan hasn’t fully got to grips with this one. Theatre d…

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Monday, April 22, 2019

‘It produces a thrilling effect’: EQUUS – Touring ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Arousing and disturbing in equal measures, English Touring Theatre’s production of Equus stirs the senses as much as engages the brain.

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

‘Under the skin of a sporting hero’: THE LONG WALK BACK – Touring ★★★ by Kris Hallett

In Dougie Blaxland’s fascinating new play, The Long Walk Back, currently on a national tour, we see former England cricket international Chris Lewis (Martin Edwards) contemplating his life…

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Monday, April 8, 2019

‘A slow-burning gem from Argentina’: THE OMISSION OF THE FAMILY COLEMAN – Bath ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

The Ustinov studio concludes its season of premieres from the Americas with a slow-burning gem from Argentina, The Omission of The Family Coleman, Claudio Tolcachir’s cult Buenos Aries hit…

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

‘A bewitching, bewildering work from one of Britain’s foremost physical theatre companies’: INSTITUTE – Bristol Old Vic ★★★ by Kris Hallett

Many of us will be all too aware of the 9-to-5 drudge that office life can encompass. Yet in Gecko’s Institute, the office becomes a place of both dream and nightmare.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

‘The itch certainly isn’t scratched here’: INTRONAUTS – Bristol by Kris Hallett

Intronauts, the new co-production from Green Ginger and the Nordland Visual Theatre is a work badly in need of a writer.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

‘A theatrical experience like little else’: TRAINSPOTTING LIVE – Touring ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Trainspotting Live is a theatrical experience like little else. It may not hit the heart like it does the gut but most will be far too caught up in the ride to care.

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Friday, March 8, 2019

‘Deserves to be seen far & wide’: RICHARD III – London & Touring ★★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Truly great acting is rare to see on stages these days, the type that elevates good work into a higher form of art. Yet right now at Bristol Old Vic, Tom Mothersdale’s Tricky Dicky, Richar…

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