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Friday Night Classics: Best of the West End – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Martin Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Six weeks after its postponement due to severe wintry weather, we assemble in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on one of the hottest days of the year so far for the latest Friday Night Classics offering from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), this time celebrating the music from great West End (and Broadway) musicals. ...

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Assassins – Gate Theatre, Dublin

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book:  John Weidman Director: Selina Cartmell What does one expect from a Sondheim musical? Irish and international audiences alike have been thrilled for many years by the dynamic musical compositions and quirky lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. As such, this production of Assassins has a lot to live up to, and something about this production falls ...

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Shitfaced Shakespeare – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lewis Ironside Reviewer: Heather Deacon Never could Shakespeare play be described as a wild and raucous night…until now! Magnificent Bastard Productions bring Shitfaced Shakespeare, a uniquely chaotic night, to the Leicester Square Theatre until 2nd June, with one (rotating) drunk cast member a night and a classic - if drastically shortened - script; Merchant of Venice. ...

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Little Eyolf – The Print Room at the Coronet, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Sofia Jupither Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Stark set, stark theme and stark performance. Ibsen’s play about a family in calamity is a tough to take - the insights and cutting jibes at human selfishness are shiveringly accurate and the delivery is forceful. A heady mix, and a superb creation from the Norwegian Ibsen Company and the National ...

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The Bekkrell Effect – The Roundhouse, London

Performers: Groupe Bekkrell Reviewer: Richard Maguire A Punk circus in one of the homes of Punk seems like good marketing. In 1976, The Ramones played their first British gig at The Roundhouse in Camden and in the audience were members of The Clash, The Damned, and The Sex Pistols, the pioneers of British Punk. Punk is meant to angry, anarchic ...

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – ChickenShed Theatre, London

Writer: Ken Kesey Director: Lou Stein Reviewer: Sophia Moss Sickly sweet southern-style music plays in the background as the audience sits in a full-quarter circle around a small, flat stage in North London.  The music stops and a tall, well-built man dressed in pink scrubs with long, scruff facial hair walks in. He peers up into a blue spotlight, his ...

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Fat Friends: The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Resident Director: Craig Armstrong Writer: Kay Mellor Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the summer sun begins to peek out from the infinite greyness of above, the time comes to consider if our beach bodies are ready for public display. As luck would have it, someone else is watching their waistline – and they are bringing their whole family ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Eugene O'Neill Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Torran McEwan The play starts with an uncomfortable mimicry of a happy family. Mary and James, the parents of the family, are embarrassingly cute, professing their love for one another while their sons faux-retch. But despite everyone’s herculean efforts, the façade is falling apart. Eugene O’Neill’s autobiographical play tracks one day, from breakfast ...

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