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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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Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Model Apartment review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘raw and harrowing’ by Jeremy Brien

Ustinov Studio artistic director Laurence Boswell, already renowned for importing challenging works from elsewhere in the world, has opened a season of

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Hound of the Baskervilles review at Barn Theatre, Cirencester – ‘an enjoyable spoof’ by Jeremy Brien

Even the most devoted Sherlock Holmes fans will find much to enjoy in this three-handed comic spoof on The Hound of the

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Beautiful Thing review at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol – ‘as uplifting as ever’ by Jeremy Brien

Bristol was an early pioneer of post-war housing estates, so the city’s Tobacco Factory Theatres provide an excellent choice for this 25th

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

In Praise of Love review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘a compelling revival’ by Jeremy Brien

Jonathan Church closes this year`s rich Theatre Royal Bath summer season with an articulate and finely acted revival of Terence Rattigan`s rarely-performed

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Shakespeare in Love review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘a vibrant revival’ by Jeremy Brien

Among the many joys of the Oscar winning film Shakespeare in Love is the tongue-in-cheek thespian banter from writers Marc Norman and

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

God of Carnage review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘caustic comedy’ by Jeremy Brien

Hot on the heels of a tremendous production of Arthur Miller`s family drama The Price, Theatre Royal Bath stages a revival of

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Price review at Theatre Royal Bath – ‘outstanding production of Arthur Miller’s drama’ by Jeremy Brien

Jonathan Church, artistic director of Theatre Royal Bath’s summer season, has settled on the 50th anniversary of Arthur Miller’s intricately plotted family

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Switzerland review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘gripping thriller about Patricia Highsmith’ by Jeremy Brien

In her pomp, Patricia Highsmith was one of America’s most successful thriller writers of the 20th century, author of the Tom Ripley

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Monday, July 23, 2018

South Western review at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol – ‘cinematic style’ by Jeremy Brien

South Western, the latest anarchic offering from Bristol-based collective the Wardrobe Ensemble, is labelled a spaghetti western, but feels more like a

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

The Cherry Orchard review at Wellow Recreation Ground, Bath – ‘pathos and comedy’ by Jeremy Brien

Alfresco touring company Miracle Theatre has abandoned the high speed entrances and exits on bicycles from last year`s production of Flann O`Brien`s

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Henry V review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘a slow-burning staging’ by Jeremy Brien

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, never afraid of treading new paths, has taken temporary leave of its Bristol home to launch the

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire – ‘gloriously funny’ by Jeremy Brien

After two summers of invigorating open-air Shakespeare in the gardens of Berkeley Castle, Split Second Productions has moved into the majestic 12th

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Friday, May 4, 2018

The Whale review at Ustinov Studio, Bath – ‘an impressive performance’ by Jeremy Brien

Broadway actor Shuler Hensley wears a huge padded suit to play the lead in Samuel D Hunter`s intellectually challenging play The Whale.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A View From the Bridge review at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol – ‘an outstanding update’ by Jeremy Brien

The ground-breaking new company of players at Bristol`s Tobacco Factory has set a formidable quality mark in its inaugural season, with this

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