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REVIEW: Rodelinda @ENO

This is one of the best productions of Rodelinda I’ve seen and the strong Welsh contingent gives it a real Celtic flavour and strength, it’s a three and half hour thumper of a...
Posted On 30 Oct 2017
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REVIEW: An Audience with Armistead Maupin @Theatre Royal

This was an unforgettable evening with the Tales of the City author celebrating the launch of his long-awaited memoir Logical Family. From his early life in the conservative...
Posted On 30 Oct 2017
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REVIEW: PLAINSONG TO POLYPHONY: BREMF

Music from the 12th to the 16th centuries culminating in the ultimate polyphonic work, Tallis’s 40-part motet Spem in alium this large gathering of voice had some gentle...
Posted On 30 Oct 2017
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DVD REVIEW: Teenage Kicks

Teenage Kicks (Matchbox DVD) certainly starts off in an arresting way with incestuous desire leading directly to death within about two minutes. Yet Miklós Varga (Miles...
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REVIEW: Orpheus Caledonius: BREMF

This was a beguiling mix of the 18th century blending with contemporary Scottish folk singing and the talents of Miller and Ozmo which together brought us into a state of...
Posted On 28 Oct 2017
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BOOK REVIEW: A Marvellous Party by Ian Elmslie 

He shares his respect and joy of the Queer icons who have inspired him, and given him the strength to get through the the tough time,  he shares the things he has learned and...
Posted On 26 Oct 2017
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Toupie Lowther: Her life by Val Brown: Book Launch

Local author Val Brown launched her new book last night. This book is an insightful new biography of Toupie Lowther who appears as a walk-on character in many biographies of...
Posted On 26 Oct 2017
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THEATRE REVIEW: Rules for Living @ Theatre Royal

Sam Holcroft’s marvellous comedy looks at a family get-together as it gradually disintegrates. Over the course of a Christmas lunch revelations are revealed, old resentments...
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OPERA REVIEW: The Barber of Seville @English National Opera

Two centuries after its premiere and thirty years after its first outing in 1987, Jonathan Miller’s Tiepolo-inspired staging brilliantly intercuts the traditions of the...
Posted On 06 Oct 2017
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THEATRE REVIEW: Cilla The Musical @Mayflower Theatre Southampton

It is always tricky when you choose to present the life of a showbiz legend in the format of a musical, but on many levels Bill Kenwright gets it spot on with his new...
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THEATRE REVIEW: Dreamboats And Petticoats @Theatre Royal

Inspired by a multi-million-selling series of albums, Dreamboats And Petticoats breezed into Brighton on a wet Monday evening but managed to send the audience away from The...
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THEATRE REVIEW: Sunday Night @Theatre Royal

There was a time when a benefit show for any charity would guarantee a full house at a theatre and bring communities together in support of a good cause. That is no longer the...
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OPERA REVIEW: Aida @ENO

Welsh tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones gave us a real heroic Radamès, full and resounding and committed to the very end, he was wonderful although trapped behind his Gilbert and...
Posted On 29 Sep 2017
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THEATRE REVIEW: The Best Man @Theatre Royal

After making its UK premier at Theatre Royal Windsor earlier this month, Gore Vidal’s 1960 political satire, The Best Man, has landed at Brighton’s Theatre Royal on the second...
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