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Spamalot – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez & Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Lizz Clark The legend of King Arthur is a cultural cornerstone, endlessly available to be reinterpreted and – naturally – spoofed. The Monty Python crew recognised this when they made 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and thanks to Eric Idle and John Du Prez, ...

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Don’t Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant! – La Mama, New York

(Dont Feed the Indians)(La Mama, NYC) (c)Maya Bitan

Writer & Director: Murielle Borst-TarrantReviewer: Jamie RoslerThere are several uncomfortable conversations that should be had by the United States of America, as a nation. One could easily point out that the U.S.A. is built on certain European ideals and beliefs, the acting out of which forms the foundation of the longest-lasting and arguably least had uncomfortable conversation. Don’t Feed the ...

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The Retreat – The Park, London

Writer: Sam Bain Director: Kathy Burke Reviewer: Richard Maguire Brotherhood or Buddhahood?  That’s the decision Luke has to make in The Retreat, The Park Theatre’s new comedy directed by Kathy Burke. Should Luke become a monk, severing his ties with the outside world or should he return to London and its wily ways with his wide boy brother, Tony? The Retreat is ...

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Deathtrap – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

A man with a mace and a woman looking apprehension at a table

Writer: Ira Levin Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: John Kennedy Death doesn’t quite become this interpretation of Ira Levin’s Broadway blockbuster. Perhaps crime, shifting tides and times wait for no man or woman. Once prolific thriller playwright Sidney Bruhl (Paul Bradley) is facing writer’s block. He receives an unsolicited play-script from an admiring ex-student entitled Deathtrap; it is brilliant. Sidney shares alternative dark ...

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Douglas McGrath Music and Lyrics: Gerry Goffin & Carole King, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There can’t be many people who won’t be familiar with a song or two by Carole King – with first husband Gerry Goffin she wrote loads of chart hits for other artists that have become standards including Will You Love ...

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The Secret Keeper – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Angela Clerkin Director: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J Skilbeck Reviewer: James Garrington Confession, they say, is good for the soul. What happens, though, to those who hear the secrets confessed; and may there be consequences? This is the basic premise of Angela Clerkin’s The Secret Keeper. The Doll’s House Maker has been unhappy for nine years, ever since his ...

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Slava’s Snow Show – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

one yellow two green clowns with net

Created and staged by Slava Polunin It's nearly a quarter of a century since Slava Polunin debuted his Snow Show. Described by Polunin as "a comical meditation on life, death, and the beauty of the universe", it's been a hit in over 80 countries, along the way becoming a 20th and now 21st Century theatrical classic. At a purely surface ...

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Mother Courage and Her Children – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Bertold Brecht Director: Hannah Chissick Translator: Tony Kushner Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Immersing the audience in a wraparound war-camp setting from the time they enter the theatre door is highly effective - here though, it’s just another detail in a superbly thought through and well-executed play. There’s so much going on in each minute of this 185-minute play (a ...

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