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Dial M for Murder – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Glancing at the posters for Dial M for Murder, one might imagine this is the latest in a line of plays adapted from successful films. In fact, that would be the very opposite of the truth: the play was written over sixty years ago before being adapted by the playwright for ...

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Let It Be – Mayflower, Southampton

Director: John Maher Reviewer:Naomi Stevens Let it Beat the Mayflower Southampton highlights that nearly 50 years after the demise of The Beatles their music is still as popular today as it ever was. This production takes the audience on a Magical Mystery Tour through the era of the Fab Four, and although this show has more of a concert feel ...

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Waiting For Godot – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Once said of James Joyce's book Ulysses: “If you just read it you won't understand it, if you study it you won't enjoy it.” Actually, something along those lines is probably said every day by those trying to tackle the work, probably in far more frustrated words. To the uninitiated or ...

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Somewhere Under The Rainbow The Liza Minnelli Story – Landor Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Cillian O’Donnachadha Reviewer: Stephen Bates On an evening of bright sunshine and heavy showers, a rainbow appeared above the Landor as the audience entered for the opening performance of this one-woman show. If the Heavens were signalling their approval, they were right to do so. Sharon Sexton has played Liza Minnelli in this monologue with songs, both ...

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IDGTF: Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Jon Brittain Writers: Jon Brittain and Matt Tedford Reviewer: Bryan Hogan Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is presented at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Originally a ten minute short presented at Thatcher Write, a festival of short plays inspired by Margaret Thatcher, it also had a Christmas run at Theatre503 and comes via Brighton Fringe. The lady is ...

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Rock of Ages– The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Chris d’Arienzo Director: Kristin Hanggi Reviewer: James Garrington Rock of Ages has an impressive history. The stage show ran for two years in the West End, and is still going strong on Broadway – and the film version starred Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta Jones. As it embarks on its first UK tour, how will it fare in the ...

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Our Country’s Good – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbarker Director: Gerry Mulgrew Reviewer: Lesley J. Russell Eleven actors from the Masters in Classical and Contemporary Text programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland take on the 22 rôles of Timberlake Wertenbarker’s playOur Country’s Goodbased on the Thomas Keneally novelThe Playmaker. The play premiered in 1988 at the Royal Court and is based on the true story ...

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Low Level Panic – Nuns’ Island Theatre, Galway

Director: Justin Martin Writer: Clare McIntyre Music: Claire Healy, Patrick O’Toole and Darren Concannon Lyrics: Clare McIntyre and Claire Healy Reviewer: Siobhán O’ Gorman A woman enters a bathroom and strips naked. Meanwhile, the sound of a man giving a lecture on the history of feminism emanates from a laptop on a chair beside the filled bath. Switching off the ...

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