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Friday, May 10, 2019

BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

Children are just revolting aren't they They're snivelling maggots that need discipline, discipline and more discipline. Agatha Trunchbull's teaching mantra may not fill most with hope but i…

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

BWW Review: BARBER SHOP CHRONICLES, Bristol Old Vic by Tim Wright

'It's your pub' says Winston, about the Three Kings Barber shop in London. The African barbers at the shop don't drink, so the barber shop has become the hub of the community. It's the place…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

BWW Review: OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD, Tobacco Factory Theatres by Tim Wright

It's a sensible time to be tackling Timberlake Wertenbaker's modern classic Our Country's Good. The role of theatre in society is ripe for the examination, as cuts bite arts institutions and…

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Friday, March 1, 2019

BWW Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, Tobacco Factory Theatres by Tim Wright

It's fitting that the once industrial space of the Tobacco Factory is now the dystopian setting for the latest outing of the Factory Company - a gender-bending A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BWW Review: KINKY BOOTS, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

There's something undeniably irrepressible about Kinky Boots - it's a fully sequined, unabashed romp through a true ish story of a shoe factory threatened with closure until a radical idea t…

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Friday, January 25, 2019

BWW Review: WISE CHILDREN, Bristol Old Vic by Tim Wright

'Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people' writes Angela Carter in her 1992 book Wise Children and that is the starting point for Emma Rice's furiously fast adaptation in this, the fir…

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

BWW Review: MOTOWN THE MUSICAL, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

Having the entire Motown back catalogue to work with must be a dream starting point for any jukebox musical. There are decades worth of hit after hit to cram in. And cram them in Motown The …

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

BWW Review: CINDERELLA, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

'Alright me babbers' is the shrill cry from the Ugly Sisters at this year's panto offering from the Bristol Hippodrome. The local references are lapped up by a fervent audience who are ready…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

BWW Review: THE BORROWERS, Tobacco Factory Theatres by Tim Wright

This Christmas, instead of merely treading the boards at Tobacco Factory Theatres, the actors are treading in between the boards in a delightful adaptation of Mary Norton's The Borrowers, a …

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

BWW Review: CLYBOURNE PARK, The Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic by Tim Wright

'Some would say change is inevitable' and nowhere more so than Clybourne Park, a street in Chicago in the 1950s where the first blackfamily are about to move in.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

BWW Review: JERSEY BOYS, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

Jukebox musicals are tricky things to get right. Especially if the artist concerned hasn't had a particularly eventful career. Thankfully, The Four Seasons at the centre of Jersey Boys have …

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

BWW Review: GOD OF CARNAGE, Theatre Royal Bath by Tim Wright

If people really do have layers, then Yasmina Reza's God Of Carnage is 80 minutes of stripping them away. Removing the layers of politeness and civility one by one until you're left with the…

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

BWW Review: MISS SAIGON, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

As one of the final so called mega-musicals of the 1980s, Miss Saigon could be forgiven if it felt a little dated by 2018. Thankfully, there's not one bit of tiredness about this re-booted v…

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

BWW Review: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, Tobacco Factory Theatres by Tim Wright

There's an old rocking chair with a threadbare cushion in the corner of small living room near Brooklyn Bridge, New York. In it sits Eddie Carbone, our tragic hero, reading the paper. He sme…

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

BWW Review: THE BAND, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

Pop music and musicals make good bedfellows for two main reasons. Firstly, pop music has a kind of duality - a song can mean entirely different things in different contexts. Secondly, pop mu…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

BWW Review: BEAUTIFUL- THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

The song-writing partnership of Carole King and Gerry Goffin was such a formidable force in the sixties that even Lennon and McCartney often spoke about wanting to emulate them. It's with th…

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Monday, April 2, 2018

BACK FOR GOOD: From SPRING AWAKENING To Financial Dramas by Tim Wright

In our new series, BroadwayWorld UK writers nominate the shows they'd love to see revived

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

BWW Review: THIS HOUSE, Theatre Royal Bath by Tim Wright

A looming European referendum, a Labour party internally divided and drastic spending cuts. You could be forgiven for thinking that James Graham's This House is set just a few years ago. In …

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

BWW Review: CILLA - THE MUSICAL, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

Charting the rise of Cilla Black's pop career is tough ask for a musical. She may have been an entertainer of superlative quality, but she lacks the back catalogue that is the engine room of…

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Friday, March 9, 2018

BWW Review: THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Bristol Old Vic by Tim Wright

The Bristol Old Vic has opened it's 'Year of Change' in spectacular fashion in this riveting new translation of Chekhov's final play The Cherry Orchard.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

BWW Review: HAIRSPRAY, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

Setting a musical in 1960s Baltimore against a backdrop of increasing racial tension between white and black American's doesn't exactly scream feelgood musical. Yet Hairspray manages to achi…

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

BWW Review: MACBETH, Tobacco Factory Theatres by Tim Wright

There were more than a few raised eyebrows when the all new Factory Company from Tobacco Factory Theatres announced it's first play would be a Shakespeare. Having moved the acclaimed Shakesp…

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

BWW Review: THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE, Bristol Old Vic by Tim Wright

Families are tricky things. They have the capacity to love and frustrate us like no one else. It is little wonder they provide such a rich vein for dramatists. In Andrew Bovell's Things I Kn…

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Opinion: Time For Drama Schools To Scrap Archaic Audition Fees by Tim Wright

Tim Wright reflects on drama schools charging fees for auditions

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Young, Scrappy and...Greedy? HAMILTON's Ticket Price Increase by Tim Wright

I loved Hamilton when I saw it. I paid 57.50 for a seat in the middle of the top tier of the newly refurbed Victoria Palace Theatre. It was pretty expensive, but I made my peace with it. The…

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Column: MY WEST END TOURING WISH LIST by Tim Wright

Touring West End shows have a dicey history. They used to have a reputation for being the poorer cousin of their London counterparts, featuring chopped-down sets and losing most of their sta…

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Friday, December 15, 2017

BWW Review: THE LITTLE MATCHGIRL AND OTHER HAPPIER TALES, Bristol Old Vic by Tim Wright

Created last year under Emma Rice's tenure at Shakespeare's Globe The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales arrives in Bristol after a much heralded run in London.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

BWW Review: ALADDIN, Bristol Hippodrome by Tim Wright

As the sole pantomime in Bristol, Aladdin from pantomime giants Qdos Entertainment has a lot resting on its shoulders for families this festive season. For some, Christmas at the theatre mea…

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Tobacco Factory Theatres by Tim Wright

Stepping into the Tobacco Factory Theatre this Christmas and you're immediately transported to an eerie forest in rural France for a re-telling of this classic French fairy tale.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

BWW Review: UP DOWN MAN, Tobacco Factory Theatre by Tim Wright

My name is Matty Butler and I like foxes . We're told the reaction to foxes is often similar to people with Down's syndrome like Matty. Some people think they're cute, some think they should…

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

BWW Review: THE TIN DRUM, Bristol Old Vic by Tim Wright

Kneehigh's latest show The Tin Drum defies categorisation. Part love story, part political thriller. Part play, part musical. It is therefore like most Kneehigh work anarchic. And I think di…

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