Reviews

Dangerous Corner, Street Theatre at Strode Theatre, Street

DANGEROUS Corner was JB Priestley’s first play, and the precursor to his other “time” plays. Set in 1932, it is the story of an evening in the home of publisher Robert and Freda Caplan, where they are entertaining Robert’s co-director Gordon Whitehouse and his young wife Betty, staff member Olwen and the novelist Miss Mockridge. It…

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A Child of Our Time, BSO at Poole Lighthouse,

Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Tippett – A Child of Our Time BSO, leader David Juritz Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, director Gavin Carr       David Hill: Conductor Lauren Fagan:  Soprano Christine Rice:  Mezzo-Soprano Samuel Sakker: Tenor Simon Shibambu: Bass THIS concert started with a wonderful surprise: we settled in…

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Annie at Bristol Hippodrome

THE long-running comic strip Little Orphan Annie, 1922/2010, particularly the first 63 years when it was drawn by its originator Harald Gray, was full of often controversial political and social comment. By the time it reached Broadway and London’s West End in the late 1970s it had become a much softer sentimental tale which audiences…

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Much Ado About Nothing, Northern Broadsides at Salisbury Playhouse

  SHAKESPEARE’S dark comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, is one of his most popular works, offering directors apparently limitless opportunities to change its period and its setting without diminishing its impact. It has two central love affairs, one wryly funny and fuelled by life and experience, the other really rather nasty. In this terrific new…

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Glengarry Glen Ross, Bath Theatre Royal

DAVID Mamet’s 1984 Pulitzer prizewinning play Glengarry Glen Ross is on its first UK tour, stopping at Bath Theatre Royal until Saturday 23rd March. Widely praised for its accurately brutal look at the world of sales in a capitalist society, it is set in Chicago over two desperate days. What you need to remember watching…

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Jon Pickard, harp-guitar, St Patrick’s Day concert, Castle Cary

IF you picture the Celtic lands as windswept moors, dramatic cliffs and crashing seas, with the rain battering down, then the eve of St Patrick’s Day was probably perfect, and the storms lashing Castle Cary set the mood for an evening of music for St Patrick’s Day, performed by the virtuoso guitarist and harp-guitarist Jon…

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake at Bristol Hippodrome

TO borrow part of the lyric from Johnny Mercer’s popular song, “When an irresistible force such as you, meets an old immovable object like me, something’s gotta give”. You would expect the same sort of reaction if two geniuses clashed head on, but far from one giving way one to the other when composer Pyotr…

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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Swan Theatre Yeovil

EDWARD Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? remains one of most shocking dissections of the mechanics of marriage ever written, as challenging for audiences as it is for its quartet of actors. Philip Turley has chosen the 1962 play for his latest production at Yeovil’s Swan Theatre, where it is on stage until Saturday…

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Stones in his Pockets, Bath Theatre Royal

THERE are some shows – musicals and plays – that stay in theatres for years and regularly tour to large audiences. Sometimes as a reviewer you see them first time around and sometimes, unaccountably, you keep missing them. Sometimes, when you eventually catch up with them, you ask yourself, Why? (This applies, for example, at…

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Far From the Madding Crowd, AUB at Poole Lighthouse

PERHAPS Thomas Hardy’s greatest book, Far from the Madding Crowd, entered public awareness via two excellent films in 1967 and 2015, both bringing this story of rural Dorset to vivid life. You might think that the vast resources of film would frighten off a student production, but Arts University Bournemouth’s brilliant new version, adapted and…

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