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Show Boat – The Lowry, Salford

Cape Town Opera - Showboat

Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Jerome Kern Director: Janice Honeyman Musical Director: Gareth Jones & Stefan Lombard Reviewer: Laura Orton Premiered on Broadway in 1927, Show Boat was a show stopper. It was a radical change from all its predecessors and set a new standard in the musical genre. It was also the first ever racially integrated musical, ...

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The Perfect American – ENO at the Coliseum, London


Composer: Philip Glass Libretto: Rudy Wurlitzer Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Natalie Barker [rating:5] Having premiered at the Teatro Real Madrid in January, Philip Glass' The Perfect American comes to ENO for a short run. Reviewers of the Madrid performance accused the opera of a hatchet job on Disney's reputation but, although not pretty, this is not a character assassination rather ...

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BIANCO – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff


Director: Firenza Guidi Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [Rating:3] In 2012, NoFit State Circus created BIANCO_Time for Beauty with the Eden Project in Cornwall. Re-worked for touring, they now present a new incarnation of the show – BIANCO_Turning Savage. Although described as “the story of a great journey inside and outside ourselves,” a story of any kind is barely detectable throughout the ...

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Welsh National Opera: Madame Butterfly – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Joachin Herz Reviewer: Marina Spark [rating:4] Madame Butterfly is part of the Welsh National Opera's spring 2013 Free Spirits tour. This classic opera tells a tale of absolute adoration and devastating heartbreak. Set near Nagasaki, Japan the story focuses on a young Japanese woman who falls in love with and ...

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Mundo Paralelo – The Riverfront, Newport

Director: Mladen Materic Music: Peter Swaffer-Reynolds Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [Rating:3.5]   Created by Théâtre Tattoo founder, Mladen Materic, Mundo Paralelo is a collaboration between National Theatre Wales and NoFit State and takes the audience on a journey through parallel worlds. The characters of Angelics and Humans are introduced and the audience observes how they interact as they explore the ups ...

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Welsh National Opera: Katya Kabanova – The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Composer/Librettist: Leos Janacek Conductor: Gareth Jones Director: Katie Mitchell Reviewer: Marina Spark [Rating:3] The opening notes of the Welsh National Opera’s ‘Katya Kabanova’ beautifully hint at the tale of woe that unfolds over the opera, composed by Leos Janacek. The storyline follows Katya Kabanova, a woman trapped in both a loveless marriage and a moralistic society, who finds herself caught ...

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The Magic Flute (Welsh National Opera) – New Theatre, Oxford

Music: W.A. Mozart English Version: Jeremy Sams Director: Dominic Cooke Reviewer: Joshua Rey [rating:3.5] How to take the Magic Flute seriously? The story is absurd, like listening to somebody else’s dream narrative; reading the Masonic imagery doesn’t make it a great deal more sensible. Then again, how can one not take seriously some of the most sublime music ever to ...

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