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The BFG – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

The BFG - Bolton Octagon (C) Ian Tilton

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Jay Nuttall For over 30 years, Roald Dahl's tale of the The Big Friendly Giant has lit up classrooms, libraries and bedtimes. It is no surprise that David Wood's adaptation has been produced for nearly 25 years and has been chosen as The Octagon Theatre's festive production. Filled with Dahl's ...

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Alice In Wonderland – The Watermill Theatre, Newbury


Writer: Lewis Carroll Adaptors: Robin Belfield and Simon Slater Director: Robin Belfield Composer: Simon Slater Reviewer: Mary Scriven After 150 years, Alice is still one of the most celebrated figures in children’s literature. It is widely recognized that the character was born during a boat trip that her creator, Lewis Carroll took with his neighbour’s three children, Alice, Lorina and Edith Liddell. Carroll ...

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Talking Heads – Theatre Royal Nottingham

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Phil Lowe Since Alan Bennett's original six-part televisual masterpiece of social observation, collectively known as Talking Heads, aired on the nation's televisions in 1982, some of the groundbreaking monologues have been transferred to the stage by both amateur and professional companies. The choice is usually an evening of two monologues and invariably two ...

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Constellations – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Constellations photo Helen Maybanks

Writer: Nick Payne Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Chris Oldham Finding new ways to tell an old story can be tricky – often tired – especially when it comes to love. How many times can we witness “boy meets girl, boy falls for girl’s quirky charms” without feeling like we've seen it all before? With Constellations writer Nick Payne is determined ...

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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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