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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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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

‘Solidly entertaining’: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Bristol ★★★ by Kris Hallett

There is plenty to like in Tobacco Factory Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a brisk, crisp and fully accessible take on the play that should provide perfect introductions to a Shakes…

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Monday, March 4, 2019

‘Constantly fascinating piece’: NO KIDS – Bristol ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

At an hour No Kids is perfectly paced, a constantly fascinating piece; one that articulates a liberal generation’s worries and desire in creating a familial unit in 21st century Britain.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

‘A dense, thoughtful work that sometimes purrs’: BLUE DOOR – Bath ★★★ by Kris Hallett

Tanya Barfield’s Blue Door is a dense, thoughtful 85-minute work that sometimes purrs in the Ustinov Studio.

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

‘A constant frenzy of invention’: WISE CHILDREN – Touring ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

An adaptation of Angela Carter’s 1991 novel about a theatrical dynasty, spanning a century and loaded with Shakespeare, sex and song, Wise Children can exhaust in its constant frenzy of in…

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

‘The best fun you can have with your clothes on this Christmas’: OEDIPUSS IN BOOTS – Bristol ★★★★★ by Kris Hallett

The Wardrobe has done it again. Oedipuss In Boots is the best fun you can have with your clothes on this Christmas season, an adult festive delight that finds the specificity in silliness an…

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Saturday, December 22, 2018

‘There is greatness striding through the heart of it all’: A CHRISTMAS CAROL – Bristol ★★★★★ by Kris Hallett

There is greatness striding through the heart of Bristol Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol and it comes in the shape of Felix Hayes’ Ebenezer Scrooge.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

‘Resolutely stays grounded’: THE BORROWERS – Bristol ★★★ by Kris Hallett

Tobacco Factory Theatres have well served Bristol festive audiences over the years, including one bona fide theatrical masterpiece in Sally Cookson’s Olivier Award-winning Cinderella. Alas…

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

‘It’s another Boswell triumph’: THE MODEL APARTMENT – Bath ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Donald Margulies’ The Model Apartment is a typical choice for the Ustinov, a work whose meaning and its overall effect will continue to burrow under the surface of its audience members for…

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

‘Promises to be real marmite’: TWELFTH NIGHT – Bristol ★★★ by Kris Hallett

If nothing else Wils Wilson has produced a rollicking evening of entertainment in Twelfth Night at Bristol Old Vic, even if it is only a surface level take on this most beguiling of masterpi…

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Monday, October 29, 2018

‘Nothing revelatory but provides a sugar rush nevertheless’: LA CENERENTOLA – Touring ★★★ by Kris Hallett

Private passions are the overarching theme of the Welsh National Opera autumn 2018 season, and these passions are at the fore of Joan Font’s frothy 2007 production of Rossini’s La Cenere…

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

‘Twenty-five years on, still blazing a trail’: BEAUTIFUL THING – Touring ★★★★ by Kris Hallett

Twenty-five years after Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing premiered at the Bush Theatre, it’s clear that its writing still offers hope and enlightenment alongside a cracking yarn.

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