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Review: Peter Pan, Swansea Grand Theatre

Peter Pan

Jimmy Osmond has a message for panto-goers this Christmas: ‘No more Mr Nice Guy.’ Because everyone’s favourite singing Osmond has ditched the clean-cut image and, like a Mormon Darth Vader, turned to the dark side to treat Welsh family audiences to his star turn as Captain Hook in this year’s Swansea panto, Peter Pan. And, you know what? He does …

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Review: Peter Pan, Swansea Grand Theatre

Jimmy Osmond has a message for panto-goers this Christmas: ‘No more Mr Nice Guy.’ Because everyone’s favourite singing Osmond has ditched the clean-cut image and, like a Mormon Darth Vader, turned to the dark side to treat Welsh family audiences to his star turn as Captain Hook in this year’s Swansea panto, Peter Pan. And, you know what? He does …

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Welsh musicians band together for Philippines benefit gig

Q: Where did the idea for the benefit show came from? A: When the disaster in the Philippines occurred, like everyone I couldn’t believe the things I was seeing. I think what affected me most was the scale and length of the clean up operation which would be needed was already clear – as were the conditions people were going …

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Review: Jack and the Beanstalk, New Theatre, Cardiff

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As festive as Brussels sprouts and bath salts but a lot more enjoyable, the New Theatre panto has a habit of attracting big names. And in keeping with tradition, this year’s show featured comedy star and world double entendre champion Julian Clary. Produced by leading theatrical producer Qdos, renowned for its special effects and high production values, the first visual …

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Hay Festival: Dame Judi Dench, Jennifer Saunders and Joan Bakewell on the bill for Hay 2014

Dame Judi Dench is one of the stars who will be heading to the Hay Festival next summer to talk about their work. Tickets go on sale today for the main events at the world famous literary gathering in 2014. Further events, including the Nobel Laureates Series, will be announced in January. But festival director Peter Florence will announce the …

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Review: Bert and Cherry’s Christmas Plum Pudding St David’s Hall, Cardiff

For the best part of a decade the delightful pairing of Bert and Cherry have been keeping kids entertained with a formula of songs, jokes and interactive storytelling that ensures families return year after year. For veteran actor Berry (aka Bert) and multi-talented composer Woods (aka Cherry) it’s a winning formula. The children’s shows staged annually as part of the …

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Matthew Rhys reveals what life’s really like as Mr Darcy

It’s just before 10am on a warm July day and crowds are already gathering in the the shadow of York’s imposing gothic cathedral. Large trucks with camera equipment are parked outside nearby St Williams College – a rather grand medieval timber-framed building – and gazebos have been erected in the grounds. Onlookers are trying to get a glimpse of the …

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Artes Mundi 6: Shortlist revealed for the £40,000 prize

An artist who uses interviews with frontline soldiers to examine storytelling, another who creates work from building materials and an activist tackling issues of female identity have all been shortlisted for the sixth Artes Mundi Prize. A total of 10 artists – two operating as a duo – from a wealth of different countries are in the running for the …

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Review: Wet Wet Wet, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

You can’t help but smile back at that unforgettable smile. For the cheeky grin of Marti Pellow is enough for most fans. Sounding as good as ever, Wet Wet Wet were back on fine form as they returned to Cardiff for their Greatest Hits tour. Joking around in a black sequined jacket and armed with a £2,000 brightly-lit microphone, Pellow …

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Poems and glass will be used to reflect Dylan Thomas’ memory

A Welsh university has launched two major international award competitions to coincide with next year’s DT100 Festival which commemorates 100 years since the birth of Swansea-born writer Dylan Thomas. The new awards, for poetry and stained glass art, have been announced by the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD) which is an amalgamation of the University of Wales, Lampeter, …

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