Reviews

Robin Hood at Salisbury Playhouse

THIS year the posters advertising Christmas shows are  jostling for space with those pushing candidates for a general election.  Both have their  pantomime elements, but if it’s fun, good humour, slick jokes, colourful costumes and a large dose of love that you want, I’d suggest Salisbury Play­house’s Robin Hood. It’s Good Good Good! It was…

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A Christmas Carol, Bristol Old Vic

SO successful was last season’s production of A Christ­mas Carol at Bristol Old Vic that they decided to bring it back again for 2019/20, with some new music and a substantially new cast. This time John Hopkins is at its centre, a more vulnerable Ebenezer Scrooge than Felix Hayes’s sonorous curmudgeon last Christmas, and more…

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Boing!, Bristol Old Vic Weston Studio.

JUST how difficult IS it to sleep on the night before Christmas, when you’re waiting for the sound of Santa’s reindeer in the sky? You can find out in the studio theatre at Bristol Old Vic until 5th January, when Travelling Light brings its favourite show back to the historic venue. This time the performers…

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Snow White, Tobacco Factory Bristol

IF you want the perfect alternative Christmas show, look no further than Bristol’s Tobacco Factory, where a wonderful new version of Snow White is on stage until 19th January. Adapted by Mike Tweddle and the company, and directed by Alex Byrne, it manages that gargantuan challenge of being woke, politically aware, plant-based and very, very…

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Ten Times Table at Bath Theatre Royal

THE 21st of the 80-plus plays written by Alan Ayckbourn Ten Times Table comes from the 1970s, one of the most prolific and successful periods in his writing career. No fewer than 17 of his plays were successfully professionally produced at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarbor­ough and London’s West End during this decade. This…

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CinderELLA, Nuffield Theatre City, Southampton

AFTER the triumph of last year’s award-winning Christ­mas show, David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy, the city centre Nuffield Theatre had a hard act to follow, and has sensibly taken a very different approach for the 2019/20 production. This is the world’s favourite pantomime story, Cinderella, but not as you know it.  In Michael Fentiman’s adaptation, which…

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One Last Card Trick, KCA Players at Pelham’s Kinson

ACTOR and playwright Stewart Permutt’s play One Last Card Trick is a delightfully humorous, poignant and beautifully-observed study of a failing community. Chosen by KCA Players for their final production of 2019, and sensitively directed by Steve Watton, it is the story of three elderly Jewish wo­men whose weekly tradition is to meet at their…

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Blackadder II, Athenaeum Limelight Players, Warminster

WHY do we love Blackadder? He is really an awful person, ridicules his devoted friend Lord Percy, treats his (admittedly squalid) servant Baldrick like something he might kick into the gutter, and generally would have been at home lording it over the Bullingdon Club in any century. There is something refreshing about his arrogance, his…

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Wild Goose Dreams, Ustinov Studio Bath

SOUTH-Korean playwright Hansol Jung’s Wild Goose Dreams has its UK premiere at the Ustinov Studio in Bath until 21st December. It’s a modern version of a legend, a love story and a look at how the internet and social media connect the world and divide the individual. Michael Boyd’s production for the Ustinov is a…

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