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The Unlucky Cabin Boy – Pavilion Theatre, Dublin

Stephen O’Leary as Patrick and Enda Kilroy as Captain Gorman

Book: Mike Finn Music & Lyrics: David Blake Director: Paul Meade Reviewer: David Doyle   The 1800s are proving a fruitful age for exploration on the Broadway stage at the moment with both Spring Awakening and Hamilton playing across the Atlantic. Gúna Nua’s The Unlucky Cabin Boy explores the same period with a new musical looking at the life of ...

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The Wind In The Willows – Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

Wind in the Willows image of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad

Writer: Kenneth Grahame Adapter: Alan Bennett Director: Ed Viney Reviewer: Kris Hallett Poop! Poop! Bristol Old Vic Theatre School begins the Christmas season with a beautifully realised version of Alan Bennett's The Wind In The Willows which will provide joy for all, young and old alike. What it lacks in the stage magic that brought the original so vividly to life at ...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Charlie Bowyer and Jessica Nies in Beauty and the Beast at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Iain Lauchlan Directors: Iain Lauchlan and Paul Gibson Reviewer: Nicole Evans The concept of getting festive in November is always a tough one to stomach but panto season starting and especially The Belgrade Theatre’s yearly offering never fail to help soften the blow. This time around it’s the turn of Beauty and the Beast to kick-start Coventry’s Christmas and ...

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The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies (and Other Stories) – The Lowry, Salford

Graphic image from The Terrible Tale of the Tiddly Widdlies

Writers: Clem Garritty and Oliver Jones Music: Elliot Rennie Reviewer: Dave Cunningham   When members of a successful rock group spin off to do solo projects the result is often something unrecognisable like A Jazz Odyssey. Although The Terrible Tale of the Twiddly Widdlies (and Other Stories) (TTTOTTW(&OS)) is its own creature it retains the irreverent tone and jet-black humour of ...

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Howard Barker Double Bill – Arcola Theatre, London

Howard Barker Double Bill at London's Arcola Theatre

Writer: Howard Barker Director: Robyn Winfield-Smith Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Howard Barker was never destined to be the darling of Shaftesbury Avenue, but his work gives a bold and distinctive voice to British theatre. Robyn Winfield-Smith here brings together two of Barker’s one-act plays, both dealing with male-female conflicts. They embrace harsh beauty and cruel irony, demonstrating fully the writer’s ...

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The Box of Tricks – King’s Arms, Salford

Sam Thompson and Ryan Clayton in The Box of Tricks

Writer: Ric Brady and Stephen M Hornby Director: Helen Parry Reviewer: Jo Beggs   At some point in the last 15 years, brothers Mike and Karl Jones have fallen out. They used to be inseparable, but something’s happened that changed all that. Mike’s gone off to the other side of the world and they’re not even friends on FaceBook. Auntie ...

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Little Eyolf – Almeida Theatre, London

Little Eyolf, Almeida Theatre

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Andy Moseley The third part of a trilogy is a notoriously difficult affair. There is not only the acclaim for part one to live up to, there is also the fulfilment of the promise in part two. Added to that is the feeling that part three is always the climax, the tying up of ...

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This Last Tempest – Contact, Manchester

Jessica Hoffman and Richard Dufty in This Last Tempest

Writer: The Company Director: Paul Clarke Reviewer: Lizz Clark   Picking up where The Tempest left off, this show sees Ariel (Jessica Hoffman) and Caliban (Richard Dufty), Shakespeare's island-dwelling misfits, finally left alone together. Their journey to mutual understanding unfolds through a mixture of theatre, musical numbers and soundscapes created live by the cast with onstage musician Neil Johnson. Shakespeare ...

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