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The Pearl Fishers is a remarkable opera. Written by Georges Bizet when he was 24 years old, it has freshness and a feel of other worldliness.

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This re-vamped version of the production was first produced in 2011 with mixed reviews. As with all shows changes will be better received by some and although they do not significantly change the show the difference is noticeable.

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The extremely well-known musical version of Victor Hugo’s classic novel finally comes to the beautiful sea-side location of Victor Harbor.

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Break out the Veuve Clicquot!  We’re in Oyster Bay, Long Island, it’s 1938, and Tracy Lord is getting married to her fiancé, George Kittredge.  No expense spared.

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“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.” Jane Austen’s infamous words find new meaning in the State Theatre Company’s bold production of Sense & Sensibility, adapted by Kate Hamill.

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The publicity describes this production as a dark comedy about the dark ages! That about sums it up nicely, with the emphasis on comedy. Michael Hollinger has written a play about moral dilemmas – we all face them – the concept of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

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Done in one 75-minute sitting, its plot centres on the horror of a child accused of murdering a toddler. Did she do it? And if she did, what were the reasons?

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Born Yesterday was written at the end of WWII but could have been written yesterday: the bombastic, bullying, misogynistic Harry Brock could easily be mistaken for a pre-presidential Donald Trump.

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With a steady One – Two – Three, SALOS whisks us back for three generous hours to the glamorous Vienna of 1845, and the melodic wellspring from which André Rieu’s fiddle still draws saleable music today.

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Premiered in 1973, A Little Night Music is still regarded by many as the jewel in Stephen Sondheim’s considerable crown. Based loosely on Bergman’s classic Smiles of a Summer Night, this musical follows the complicated love lives of bourgeois Swedes at the turn of the 20th century.

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Rossini’s comic opera about a barber who is also a matchmaker maintains its popularity through the years and this production, back from touring interstate, is as fresh as any modern piece.

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With a book written by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger this musical was first produced in 1997. Based on the true story of conjoined twins (the Hilton Sisters) who were the toast of Vaudeville, the story had a lot of heart and is full of unusual leads, many of who are based on people who were called freaks

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Set in a dilapidated Victorian three-storey country house, reputedly a former bordello and said to be haunted by a deceased prostitute, Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘Taking Steps’ follows six characters in the course of one hectic night and morning, with continual running up and down stairs and in and out of rooms.

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Northern Light Theatre Company’s latest production, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is quite simply their most delightful show since their production of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast a number of years ago. 

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Three ladies having a girls’ night out, workmates who are there for various reasons, and at the next table a couple of blokes waiting for a mate to join them, such a typical scenario.

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This play, by Nick Dear from a famous story by Mary Shelley, was originally performed with a very distinguished cast by the National Theatre, London and received rave reviews.

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