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Bach & Sons

There are often good grounds to be wary of plays centred on the lives of historical figures. The balance between ‘telling’ and ‘showing’ is notoriousl...
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The Pirates of Penzance

This is altogether a fine era for ‘G&S’. The tired and fusty productions of the D’Oyly Carte era are a distant memory, and since Mike Leigh’s ‘Top...
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Die Walküre

Back in 2019 Grimeborn began its exploration of Wagner’s Ring cycle with the inspired idea of reviving the reduced-scale version devised by Jonathan D...
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My Night with Reg

This tragicomedy from 1994 is set in the early 1980s as the impact of HIV/AIDS becomes felt in the London gay community. It takes the lives of three g...
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L’amico Fritz

We are very familiar with Mascagni’s first opera ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’, from whose successful shadow he strove in vain to escape for much of his late...
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The Cunning Little Vixen

Rather like ‘The Marriage of Figaro’, this opera is fairly indestructible in any production. As environmental awareness has grown so this parable abou...
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Wonderful Town

‘Quick Fantastic’ lifted spirits last summer with their production of ‘A Little Night Music', and they did so again with their revival of Bernstein’s ...
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Constellations

While the Donmar Theatre is closed for refurbishment, artist director Michael Longhurst continues productions elsewhere, and in this case a revival of...
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Under Milk Wood

This famous verse drama by Dylan Thomas was first produced as a radio play in 1954, receiving many adaptations since then, as well as becoming a stap...