Reviews

Regeneration, Swan Theatre, Yeovil

PAT Barker’s Regeneration trilogy is one of the great literary achievements of the late 20th century – an evocation both of the sheer horror of the “war to end all wars” and of the different ways in which the soldiers, medics, governing class and military top brass dealt with the experience. The late autumn production…

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The Lady Vanishes, Yeovil Octagon

I FIRST saw the current Classic Thriller Company touring production of The Lady Vanishes in Bath at the end of January, and now it is at Yeovil Octagon with a substantially new cast. Roy Marsden directs this adapation of a Hitchcock film, performed on an impressive and atmospheric set designed by Morgan Large and lit…

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Mozartfest, The Nash Ensemble at the Assembly Rooms Bath

WHETHER you subscribe to Charles Spurgeon’s version “Begin as you mean to go on”, or the New Year resolution “Start as you mean to continue”, the idea is the same – that something has been started on a high note. And that certainly can be applied to the opening concert of this the 29th Bath…

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Mayfly, Street Theatre Co at Strode Theatre, Street

AUDIENCES at Strode Theatre in Street are accustomed to pantomimes, musicals, comedies and classic dramas, but Mayfly, on stage until Saturday 9th November, is something entirely new. Director Neil Howiantz discovered Joe White’s play, produced only once before in London, and arranged to meet the playwright. A long chat resulted in the Somerset company getting…

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Calendar Girls – The Musical at Bath Theatre Royal

IN many ways, the combination of names above the show title, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls-The Musical, tells you all you need to know about this telling of the now well-known story of members of a Yorkshire WI who have raised millions of pounds for  cancer charities through posing for a nude calendar….

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Toast at Salisbury Playhouse

CHEF and food journalist Nigel Slater’s memoir, Toast, was a best-seller among his many fans and the film of the book, starring Freddie High­more and Helena Bonham Carter, has become a classic. Now the story of how the nine-year-old Nigel learned to love cooking has been adapted for the stage by the Lowry Theatre, and…

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All My Sons, Churchill Productions at Wimborne Tivoli

ONE of the greatest plays of the 20th century, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, is a brave and triumphant choice for the Churchill company in Wimborne. The Tivoli’s is an audience not accustomed to big, serious drama, unless it’s in the form of a movie. But the many who all but filled the stalls on…

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Ladies in Lavender, ImpAct at Bournemouth Little Theatre Club

WILLIAM J Locke’s short story Ladies in Lavender is best known in Charles Dance’s film starring dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, but as so often happens with cinema adaptations, the stage play is a much subtler dramatic form. So it is with Shaun McKenna’s version, chosen by director Patricia Richardson for ImpAct’s autumn tour…

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A Taste of Honey, National Theatre at Bath Theatre Royal

WHEN the 19-year-old She­lagh Delaney burst onto the theatre scene with her first play, A Taste of Honey, its gritty script and unrelenting subject matter kicked audiences and London-centric critics into the reality of existence in the north. Sixty years on it still has the power to shock, as it vividly shows the growing seeds…

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