Ray Bradbury’s 2116 (3 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Ray Bradbury’s 2116

A dreamy fairytale about the perils of creating perfection

Creepy. Macabre. Childish. Puppets are dangerously captivating. In this new musical by speculative fiction guru Ray Bradbury Mr Marionette leads a dreamy gothic fairytale about the perils of creating perfection. The production, masterminded by Gallimaufry Performing Arts’ Steve Josephson, offers quality songs, great dancing and a Tim Burton-esque aesthetic. The second act, written by Josephson jars a little, but is ultimately more rewarding, revealing who is really pulling the strings.

C Plaza, 0845 260 1234, until 29 Aug (not 17), 9pm, £9.50–£11.50 (£8.50–£10.50).

Ray Bradbury's '2116'

  • 3 stars

World premiere musical from one of the world's most lauded and heralded writers. Bradbury's hauntingly beautiful, musical tale is told by 'Mr Marionette's Shadow Show' - a company of robots, dancers, marionettes and fugitives from the law. Previewed in Laguna Beach, California: 'There's visual pleasure aplenty' (Variety);…

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