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The Snow Maiden – The Grand, Leeds

Music:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov               Director: John Fulljames Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North is staging for the first time Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden and is part of the company’s fairy tale season this winter.  The Russian opera premiered in 1882 and was revised in 1898, and is based on Snegurochka, a Russian folk tale.  It follows the story of the Snow Maiden ...

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse – Hen and Chickens, London

Devised by: The Cast Reviewer: Maryam Philpott For an actor, being on stage and forgetting your lines is one of the worst experiences they can have, but imagine if there are no lines in the first place, in fact there’s no script of any kind, no inkling of the plot and throughout the hour-long show you have no idea what ...

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Cathy – mac Birmingham

Cathy from Cardboard Citizens

Writer: Ali Taylor Director: Adrian Jackson Reviewer:  Mattie Bagnall It has been over fifty years since the BBC television play Cathy Come Home first told the compelling story of Cathy losing her livelihood as she was forced onto the streets. Many of these issues still remain in modern day society. Ali Taylor’s latest play brings Cathy Come Home into 2017 ...

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In The Depths of Dead Love – The Print Room, London

Writer: Howard Barker Director: Gerrard MacArthur Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the depths of the countryside, there is a bottomless well guarded by a poet. Citizens pay him to throw themselves in – or, if they choose not to commit suicide, pay again to leave. A local gentlewoman is a frequent visitor, who pays over and over but always chooses not ...

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Richard III – Rosemary Branch Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sean Aydon Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Since the discovery of the body in the car park, Richard III seems to have become Shakespeare’s most performed play even over perennial favourites like Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. There have been notable star-led versions including Sherlock colleagues Martin Freeman at the Trafalgar Studios and Benedict Cumberbatch for the ...

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Anonymous – The International Bar, Dublin

Writer: Mark Richardson Director: Nathalie Clement Reviewer: Laura Marriott ‘I am homeless. I have no name’. For homeless men living on the streets of Dublin it can seem as though they are stripped of their identity; histories, talents and even names. Mark Richardson’s Anonymous seeks to undo this. Dolan is new to the streets and it shows. Despite having no ...

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Mamma Mia! – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Music and Lyrics: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Choreographer: Anthony Van Laast Reviewer: Hannah Stamp Bursting with colour, comedy, dance moves that pack a punch and Abba’s much-beloved music, Mamma Mia is bursting with as much sunshine as the Greek island its set on. A slightly rocky start with a few repetitive and slightly ...

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