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Reviews

REVIEW: **** – Frankenstein in Bath – Show of Strength Theatre

This intriguing promenade around Bath from Show of Strength theatre company follows the footsteps of Mary Shelley, who, in the desperate rush to claim...

REVIEW: Mozart’s The Magic Flute – Bath Opera – The Rondo Theatre

One of the big drawbacks of opera is that all too often it is treated with such reverence that the idea of changing anything...

REVIEW: Disenchanted – Exit Stage Left – Rondo Theatre

Disenchanted So what happens when the Disney princesses are able to tell their side of the story? Their frustrations at their representation, the white washing...

REVIEW: *** – Lady Macbeth – Mission Theatre – Bath Fringe Festival

This production from South West Dance Theatre is not, as you might think from the title, a study of the ambitious scheming wife of...

REVIEW: **** – Crimes Under The Sun – New Old Friends – Ustinov Studio

CRIMES UNDER THE SUN USTINOV STUDIO This latest show from New Old Friends, written by Feargus Woods Dunlop, is a new take on the shameless traducing...

REVIEW ***** Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Plebs (SparkFest – Mission Theatre –

A play, within a play, within a play… Inspired by Hamlet spin-off ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’, this two-man comedy follows the story of two...

REVIEW: **** – The Winslow Boy – Theatre Royal Bath

The Winslow Boy – Terrence Rattigan Theatre Royal Bath   This sparkling revival of Rattigan’s classic play is excellent entertainment. Based on the true story of George...

REVIEW: *** An Ideal Husband – Theatre Royal Bath

An Ideal Husband “Every man of ambition has to fight his century with its own weapons” declares Robert Chiltern, an eminent and apparently trustworthy politician...

REVIEW: *** The Price – Theatre Royal Bath

Arthur Miller’s The Price may not be the best known play from the American playwright; however it deals with those issues that define Miller...

REVIEW: **** – Open Mic. – Apricity Theatre – The Curfew

Open Mic. Written and directed by Hattie Taylor Apricity Theatre The Curfew 16th – 18th August, 8pm   First up at this ‘open mic night’ is Matilda Dickinson, who provides...

REVIEW: *** – The Nutcracker – St Petersburg Classic Ballet

The Nutcracker – Tchaikovsky Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre Royal Bath       The classic tale of The Nutcracker is a firm family favourite and the large audience reflected...

REVIEW: **** – Mia’s Story – Learning Disability and Parenthood – The Egg Theatre

Mind the Gap is one of Europe’s leading learning disability theatre companies that creates work for UK and international audiences. Mind The Gap create...

REVIEW: Les Misérables School Edition – Writhlington School

Les Misérables is a huge undertaking for any amateur theatre company. The breadth of talent needed for the cast, orchestra and technical team...

REVIEW: Neil McFarlane – Sightseeing With A Hangover – Bath Comedy Festival

NEIL McFARLANE – SIGHTSEEING WITH A HANGOVER  THE RING O’BELLS   This preview show from Neil McFarlane has had some serious preparation; ie he’s written a full...

REVIEW: 4 Stars – Play Strindberg By Friedrich Durrenmatt – A new translation by...

This is an extraordinary production on so many levels. The Ustinov has commissioned this translation from political satirist Beaton as the opening play...

REVIEW: 4 Stars – Rumpelstiltskin by Matt Harvey & Thomas Hewitt Jones – the...

This hugely entertaining production of the classic Grimm tale has been given a musical treatment by a new writing team Matt Harvey and Thomas...

REVIEW: 0 Stars – LEWIS SCHAFFER: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL – RING O’BELLS

I was explaining to a friend the other day how I assess shows on the stars system, from five stars for a show that...

REVIEW: Avenue Q – Oooh Arrr Productions – Rondo Theatre

Avenue Q by Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, presented by OOOH ARRR productions, directed by Jack Turner, at the Rondo Theatre, Larkhall,...

FRINGE REVIEW: **** – Ovid’s Heroines – Bath Fringe Festival

Ovid’s Heroines by James Darnton Thereby Hangs A Tale Theatre Company St Michael’s Church 10th June, 2017   Ovid’s Heroines, as the title suggests, resurrects the stories of Ovid’s...

REVIEW: 4 Stars – THE FOREIGN BLOKE -MISSION THEATRE

This is a play, a drama, named after and based around a painting.  Not a usual starting point for a play, but then this isn’t a usual sort...