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THEATRE REVIEW: Around the World in 80 Days ★★★

Around the World in 80 Days
The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Friday 21st July 2017 Laura Eason’s stage adaption of the 1873 adventurous tale from Jules Verne’s returns for a 2017 tour across the UK and is a must see production following Phileas Fogg and Passepartout’s journey as they try to travel around the world in 80 days, through the means of train, boat, and even an elephant. The initial thought that lingered in my head straight after was how reminisce the concept was to The 39 Steps, which is a huge compliment to receive due the sheer excitement I had watching both productions; 80 Days sees 8 actors play 125 different characters which sheer ease that each characteristic felt entirely unique for the last, and that's such a huge testament to the whole cast involved with the ability to capture the talent which they gave out on stage. The set was bright and beautiful, with the centrepiece of the stage consisting a staircase made out of suitcases, very symbolic given the storyl…

MUSICAL REVIEW: Funny Girl ★★★★★

Funny Girl Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Friday 7th July 2017
Based on the real life accounts of one of the most prestigious Broadway performers of the time, Funny Girl follows the life of Ziegfeld's Follies star Fanny Brice, as portrayed by Sheridan Smith in this touring production, after rave reviews from the West End just prior. Set around New York, the tale is told through specifics accounts from Fanny's love affair with Nicky Arnstein (Darius Campell), so cuts between the prior and following months around World War I.
With a prestigious career in TV and Theatre, Sheridan Smith shows no sign in stopping showing how diverse her acting abilities can hold; from Two Pints of Lager to the more recent The C Word, she further proves here just how far away she can be from those characters and completely immerse herself in Brice's career throughout this production, and following this performance I would go as far as to say that I have never been more moved and amazed by a femal…