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For anyone who watched TV in the 1980s, the idea that Les Dennis would one day be a critically acclaimed actor would have been frankly ludicrous.

This was the guy who played second fiddle to the dreadful Russ Abbott and trotted out ropey light entertainment on the ironically titled Les Dennis Laughter Show.

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It’s a brave theatre company that takes on Metamorphoses , the 2,000-year-old masterpiece of Roman literature.

Doubly so when the performance is staged by a group as young as the students and graduates of Bristol’s own Hecate Theatre.

So it’s a tribute to their burgeoning talent that their interpretation, Fables from Ovid, is so entertaining.

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It now seems inconceivable that in May 1940 the British war cabinet actually considered suing for peace with Hitler.

Yet over the three days in question we are asked to believe that an appeasement plan to approach the German fuhrer through the Italian dictator Mussolini was under serious discussion. Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in office only 16 days, is faced with a plea from his Foreign Secretary, Lord Halifax to give up the war, which is going badly.

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The Tobacco Factory and the Brewery Theatre plays host to the Bristol Festival of Puppetry this week, an annual event which invites both local and international talent in a celebration of the art of puppetry.

Split between family fare and productions for more mature audiences, the bank holiday weekend was mostly given over to the former, with people of all ages attending those plays aimed at the young and the young at heart.

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There is still plenty of comedy mileage in this farce written by two masters of the genre, Ray Cooney and John Chapman.

Not Now Darling first saw the light of day just over 50 years ago with Donald Sinden and Bernard Cribbins in the leading roles.

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On a rather damp evening the Bristol Cathedral Players presented the annual Summer Festival Concert.

The orchestra consisted of local players who meet once a year for this particular occasion. With only two rehearsals they showed from the first notes of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture that they were skilled musicians.

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SOME members of the cast of this enchanting open-air youth performance were not even born when their predecessors stood on neatly trimmed squares of turf to speak verse from The Tempest at the launch of the Storm on the Lawn project in 1998.

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