PETER PAN IN SCARLET at the Oxford Playhouse

Peter Pan In Scarlet . New Vic Theatre. CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Based on Geraldine McCaughrean’s 2006 novel, dubbed the official sequel to Barrie’s classic Peter and Wendy, the story recreates the mischief of Barrie’s novel telling the story of the original characters 20 years on when they are grown up with children of their own. They once again begin to dream of pirates, crocodiles, fairy dust and the fantastical world of Neverland – Peter Pan is in trouble, he needs their help and they must return.

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at Bath Theatre Royal

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A Midsummer Night's Dream By William Shakespeare
Directed by Laurence Boswell   Designer Jamie Vartan
Music Jon Nicholls   Associate Director Darren Tunstall
Phil Jupitus/Bottom 
DarrellD'Silva/Oberon  Katy Stephens/Titania
Simon Gregor/Puck      William Postlewaite/Lysander
Maya Wasowicz/Helena    Eve Ponsonby/Hermia
Wilf Scolding/Demitreus     Forbes Masson/Quince
Gregory Gudgeon/Starveling  Oscar Batterham/ Flute
Vinta Morgan/Snout      Ekow Quartey/Snug 
Mellissa James/Fairy    Natalie Winsor/Fairy
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Laurence Boswell’s production eschews all romantic accretions, opting for a Brook-like white box in which a set of our contemporaries (complete with iPhones) act out the – at times sexually charged – fantasy.  There is anger both in Athens and in the surrounding forest. Egeus…

UNDER A CARDBOARD SEA at the Bristol Old Vic

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With a multitude of scenes to get through, not once did this ensemble falter with their entrances, exits or with their words. But that would be to patronise them. Never mind getting the basics right, this went way beyond – this was terrific acting and stage craft, an absolute credit to all those involved with this admirable outreach project.

The Tailor of Gloucester at the Everyman, Cheltenham

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The Everyman is billed as “Gloucestershire’s Theatre” and, with its in-house productions, is often very conscious of that. Although Beatrix Potter is usually associated with the Lake District, it was while she was visiting the West Country county that she penned one of her most famous, and she claimed her favourite, story. The theatre’s creative director, Paul Milton, has adapted The Tailor of Gloucester for the stage and has made not a bad job of it.

FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL at Bristol Hippodrome

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Footloose started life as a 1984 film musical, starring Kevin Bacon. Reviews were mixed, but it went on to gross over 80 million dollars. It is yet another tale of a stranger coming to a sleepy backwoods town and shaking things up. In this particular instance the stranger is a young lad called Ren whose father has recently run off, forcing him and his mother to move to Bomont, a remote spot in West Virginia.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING at Brandon Hill, Bristol

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This was as joyful a theatrical experience as one could wish for. Performed outside on Brandon Hill’s verdant and tree-lined slopes, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men played to a crowd of several hundred, who drifted away into the summer night afterwards with warm smiles on their faces . . . this was timeless Elizabethan theatre at its best.