DRACULA at Bristol Old Vic

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“. . . Jonathan Goddard’s interpretation of the title role is entirely free of cliché. No swirling cape, no Christopher Lee, no Hammer horror. Instead, in a performance that skillfully conveys both muscularity and vulnerability, he portrays a creature trapped and tortured by the very powers that make him so dangerous. . . Dracula is dance theatre at its very best, full of memorable images. The first night played to a packed house, and I suspect that tickets for the few remaining days will be scarce, but do get to see it if you can.

MY PERFECT MIND at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol

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“. . . It is, in short, ‘life into art’ in the very best sense. That is to say, something quite new and uplifting and indeed universal comes out of a personal tragedy. To pull of such a feat needs more than serendipity of course and the cast of Edward Petherbridge and Paul Hunter are well matched by director and co-deviser, Kathryn Hunter whilst drawing freely on Shakespeare’s Lear and Petherbridge’s autobiography which both serve as the spine of the play. . .”

CALAMITY JANE at the Everyman Cheltenham

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“. . . This new production of Calamity Jane is all you would want and expect it to be – full of energy, colour, great musicians and of course show-stopping, evergreen songs . . . it is Secret Love that is the best known number of the show and Ms. Prenger’s powerful performance of it was, by a mile, the high spot of the evening and, I’m not ashamed to say, raised the hairs on the back of my neck. . . Calamity Jane is not just a good musical; this production by the Watermill Theatre was outstanding theatre as well.

To Kill a Mockingbird at Malvern Festival Theatre

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“This Regent’s Park Theatre production of To Kill A Mocking Bird is phenomenal! Every single thing about it is exceptional. It is the most wonderful piece of theatre I have ever had the pleasure to review. . . Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation is enthralling and Timothy Sheader’s enchanting direction brings Harper Lee’s classic novel to life, delivering a masterclass in the captivating art of storytelling. . .”

THE WIT & SONGS OF NOEL COWARD at the Playhouse, Cheltenham

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“Peter Gill is a very talented and personable chap. . . last night he was at the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham with his Noel Coward show. Noel Coward was himself a man many hats, known equally as a performer, song-writer, actor, playwright and director. . . Peter Gill demonstrated that he was an important and influential figure, not only in British entertainment but also English society over a period of fifty years. “

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER at the Oxford Playhouse

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“…Hilarity ensues as identities are mistaken, the audience is let in on secrets which the players don’t know, and Kate Hardcastle stoops to conquer the man she wishes to marry….Mr Hardcastle, played by Howard Chadwick, is a blustering squire who wishes nothing so much as his daughter’s happiness in love. There is something of the pantomime dame in Gilly Tompkins as Mrs Hardcastle, who seems to have no real aims in life beyond being wealthy and fashionable, and controlling her wayward son…”