Reviews

Gods and Dogs, The Rude Mechanicals at Baltonsborough and touring

FED up with hitherto dependable newspapers filled up with celebrity gossip … previously intelligent and sensible friends and colleagues taken in by manifest lies and bullshit? There could hardly have been a better day to watch Gods and Dogs, Pete Talbot’s brilliantly witty new satire for his company the Rude Mechanicals, than on Thursday 23rd…

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The Southbury Child, Chichester Festival Theatre

WE have been using the phrases” the old world” and  “the new world” since time immemorial, perhaps indicating that every generation views its successors’ ideas as a foreign country. And we all probably think that THIS time, the changes are more radical and unacceptable than ever before. From that confirmed position, I think it is…

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Merely Players, Studio Theatre, Salisbury

SALISBURY’S renowned Studio Theatre decided to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee with an Elizabethan masque in the style of the Tudor monarch’s day, gathering together well known speeches, scenes and sonnets from Shakespeare, interspersed with music of the period. Merely Players, on at the Ashley Road theatre from 22nd to 24th June, has a 12-strong…

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Mamma Mia! at Bristol Hippodrome

AS soon as the title of his musical is mentioned thoughts immediately turn to the music of ABBA, and with 22 Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus numbers (a couple with the help of Stig Anderson) included in the show, that is a reasonable route to go down. The fact that this show is NOT just…

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Lyme and the Sea, Marine Theatre Lyme Regis

THE south coastal area of Dorset has something of a reputation for community plays, and it all started with Anne Jellicoe’s The Reckoning, back in 1978. Since then both Lyme Regis and Dorchester have staged memorable plays about incidents in the history of their settlements, and this week the latest, Lyme and the Sea, opened…

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Murder on the Orient Express, Bath Theatre Royal

THOSE of us who remember Jonathan Church’s tenure as artistic director at Salisbury Playhouse from 1996 to 1999, full of invention, excitement and visual splendour, look back on those as the glory days of the venue and the precursor to Helen Marriage’s time as director of the city’s annual arts festival. Since then Church has…

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Billionaire Boy, Bristol Hippodrome and touring

THERE have been many stories, often taken from life, showing how great wealth, suddenly acquired, corrupts those in receipt of such a windfall.  One perfect example is Spend, Spend, Spend, the musical based on the rags-to-riches-to-rags story of Yorkshire housewife Vivian Nicholson who in 1961 won £152,319 on the football pools, and five husbands later…

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Little Wimmin, Bristol Old Vic

FIGS in Wigs, the quintet of women who describe themselves as “dancing beings”, end their spring tour of Little Wimmin at Bristol. There are a few constants about the company – Alice Roots, Sarah Moore, Suzanna Hurst, Rachel Gammon and Rachel Porter. They dress identically, they wear wigs, they don’t take themselves (or much else)…

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Boeing Boeing, Theatre Royal, Bath and touring

SINCE London Classic Theatre launched its touring company in 2000, it has taken on a very wide variety of plays ranging from classic Coward and Wilde comedies to Pinter, Joe Orton and Beckett. Tackling a 60-year-old full blown farce, albeit one that ran for seven years when first presented in London’s West End, means venturing…

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