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Arabian Nights – Sherman Cymru, Cardiff


Adaptation: Dominic Cooke Composer: Simon Slater Director: Rachel O’Riordan Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   Mysticism and magic are at the fore in this adaptation of an old story in Rachel O’Riordan’s production Arabian Nights. There is plenty to wonder at in Dominic Cooke’s clever modernized version of the classic tale of Scheherazade ( familiar to many as One thousand and one ...

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Bloodshot – St James Studio, London

4. Simon Slater (Derek) in Bloodshot at St. James Studio. Photo by Mike Eddowes.

Writer: Douglas Post Director: Patrick Sandford Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:4] Set in 1957, Derek Eveleigh is an alcoholic ex-policeman who was dismissed from the force because of his drinking. Now a struggling photographer, he is hired by a mysterious benefactor to follow and photograph an attractive woman around Holland Park. That is until a murder takes place one day and ...

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Bugsy Malone – The Mayflower, Southampton

Bugsy Malone

Director: Michael Ockwell Musical Director: Simon Slater Reviewer: Kerri Peck [Rating:4]   Bugsy Malone is originally a 1976 musical film, the show is set in 1920’s America gripped by Prohibition and a war is raging between two rival characters; Fat Sam and Dandy Dan. Bugsy Malone is a penniless boxing promoter who is down on his luck and is recruited ...

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Viva Forever – Piccadilly Theatre, London

Book: Jennifer Saunders Director: Paul Garrington Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] Producer Judy Craymer reinvigorated a whole new theatrical genre when she masterminded the ABBA jukebox hit Mamma Mia! to huge box-office success, and so proved the natural choice to steer a show featuring the back catalogue of the Spice Girls and a script by Jennifer Saunders into the West End. ...

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Arabian Nights – The Watermill, Newbury

Adaptor: Toby Hulse Director: Robin Belfield Reviewer: Tom Finch [Rating:4.5]   “The story” we are told “has started and cannot be stopped before it gets to the end” and a good thing too as every moment of this production was a joy to watch. The premise is simple; a bitter King whose heart is frozen locks up his new bride ...

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Great Expectations – Darlington Civic Theatre

Writer: Charles Dickens Adapter: Jo Clifford Music: Simon Slater Director: Graham McLaren Reviewer: Anna Ambelez [rating:4] A powerful, dark, disturbingly dominating set by Robin Peoples, confronts the audience on entering the auditorium. This is the room set for the wedding reception Miss Havisham (Paula Wilcox) never had, shrouded in years of cobwebs with the wedding cake left untouched as its centre ...

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Lady in the Van – New Theatre, Cardiff

 Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [rating:4] A van is parked at the bottom of Alan Bennett’s garden.  In it lives Miss Shepherd, a genuine eccentric – some might call her a tramp.  Unwashed and smelly, she becomes the bane of the playwright’s life.  Lady in the Van is based on the real-life experience of Bennett himself ...

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Nora – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Ingmar Bergman adapted from A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen) Translators: Frederick J Marker and Lise-Lone Marker Music: Simon Slater Director: Patricia Benecke Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4.5] Nora seems to have the world at her feet. A childlike flibbertigibbet who is thrilled that her husband, Torvald, has a new, important job at the bank simply because it will bring ...

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