Reviews

Vienna 1934-Munich 1938 – a family album, Ustinov Studio Bath

VANESSA Redgrave has built an international reputation for brilliant performances in plays and films and for espousing controversial political causes. Now 82, she’s not stopping. Her latest venture, Vienna 1934-Munich 1938 – a family album, is on stage as part of Bath Theatre Royal’s summer season, until 3rd August.  You couldn’t describe it as a…

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It Runs in the Family, Swan Theatre, Yeovil

IF there’s one thing that Ray Cooney’s 1987 farce, It Runs in the Family, proves, it is  that life in hospitals was a lot more fun in those days. Set in the doctors’ common room at St Andrews Hospital, it’s a big day for Dr David Mortimore.  For the rest of the staff and patients,…

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Casting the World, Selwood Academy, Frome

TWO hundred years ago a boy was born in Frome who would put this small Somerset town on the world map, with iconic sculptures including Justice on top of the Old Bailey, Boadicea on the Embankment and six lions in Cape Town. The youngest of five children, John Webb Singer was only three when his…

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Spamalot, Shaftesbury Arts Centre

THE sublime silliness of the Pythons sings through their musical, Spam­a­lot, the very freely adaptation of the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. And the members of Shaftesbury Arts Centre Music and Drama group are enjoying every minute of it in Steve Pocock’s inspired production, on stage in Bell Street. With Tim Trenchard conducting…

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Don Pasquale, Welsh National Opera at Yeovil Octagon

WELSH National Opera’s made a triumphant debut at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, with their witty, up-to-the-minute adaptation of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. Most of the eager audience was delighted by the lively and colourful show, with its on-stage band (doubling at moments as a chorus of sorts) and its very Welsh approach to the story…

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Calendar Girls – The Musical at Bristol Hippodrome and touring

THE real events that led Tim Firth and Juliette Towhidi to write the script for the highly acclaimed 2003 film Calendar Girls, later adapted by Tim Firth into an equally successful play, are dramatic enough in their own right, needing nothing added to capture the public imagination. On the opening night at the Bristol Hippodrome…

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Heroes, Frome Drama Club at Assembly Rooms

THE delightful comedy Heroes, adapted by Tom Stoppard from Gerald Sibley­ras’ original play, is set on the small rear terrace of a home for veterans in rural France, where three old men meet every day. Phillipe has a piece of shrapnel lodged in his head, and regularly passes out. Gustave, a former officer, has all…

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Where The Fault Lies, Frome Festival

FOUR new plays from Frome’s adventurous Nevertheless Productions is always an intriguing prospect – even in July when the pub theatre space at The Cornerhouse will be like an oven. The description of “quirky morality plays for the 21st century” certainly added to the appeal of the Frome Festival event. So what is a morality…

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A Perfect World, Miracle Theatre, Frome ECOS and touring

THE Cornish-based Miracle Theatre celebrates 40 years of open-air performances this year, with Bill Scott’s new play A Perfect World. It is the ideal play for the company, full of invention, fun, speedy costume changes, silliness and thoughtful ideas. Set in the 1930s, it revolves around exploration, steam punk, magical lands, peculiar people and lots…

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