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Million Dollar Quartet – Liverpool Empire

Image by Darren Bell

Book: Colin Escott &Flloyd Mutrix Conceived by Flloyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: John Roberts On one cold Memphis evening on December 4, 1956 - at the famous Sun Studios, legendary record producer Sam Phillips was in a recording studio laying down tracks for recent number one artist Carl Philips... playing for him that session was an unknown live-wire pianist called ...

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Flew the Coop – New Diorama, London

Writer: Rianna Dearden Director: Louise Skaaning Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Many of the best war films are set in Prisoner of War Camps, where something about the bravery of endurance under unthinkable conditions combined with the traditional notions of heroism focused around the all-important escape attempt make for compelling viewing. The Great Escape, The One That Got Away, The Colditz Story ...

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Cinderella – Birmingham Hippodrome

Elisha Willis as Cinderella and Victoria Marr as the Fairy Godmother with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer:  Laura Jayne Bateman Premiering in 2010, and featuring recently retired star principal Elisha Willis in the title role, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cinderella takes inspiration from Charles Perrault’s 1697 fairy tale. Choreographed by company director David Bintley to Sergei Prokofiev’s score, the production enchantingly combines the grit of Cinderella’s abusive home life with the magic ...

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The Big Broadcast on East 53rd – TBG Theatre, New York

(The Big Broadcast) (TBG Theatre) (c)Carol Rosegg

Writer: Dick Brukenfeld Director: Charles Maryan Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers A deft cast carries The Big Broadcast on East 53rd. This ‘80s-style throwback antic comedy is deftly directed by Charles Maryan, with fantastic timing. Visually, the production is striking, particularly the set designed by Atkin Pace that combines conceptual cuing with naturalistic realism with seamless ease. Kate Loprest and John Patrick ...

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The Winter’s Tale  – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Composer: Alasdair Macrae Reviewer: S.E. Webster Spring, summer, autumn, winter.  Whatever the season audiences everywhere will be guaranteed at least one production of a Shakespearean drama. The vogue for transporting Shakespeare to new settings shows no sign of waning. Thus it is on the crest of this particular theatrical wave that Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum ...

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Anita and Me – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Aasiya Shah as Meena and Therese Collins and Mrs Worrall

Writer: Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Clare White Following a sell-out run at Birmingham REP in 2015, Anita and Me returns for a 2017 spring tour, premiering at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. The popular semi-autobiographical novel by Wolverhampton-born writer and actress Meera Syal was made into a film in 2002 and is now ...

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Skylight – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: David Hare Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Emma Boswell David Hare’s Olivier Award-winning Skylight comes to Mold’s Theatr Clwyd this month.  This new production of the 1995 drama is directed by its own Artistic Director, Tamara Harvey. Skylight tells the tale of thirty-something altruistic secondary school teacher Kyra (Jeany Spark), who is visited by both her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Jay Villiers), ...

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The Complete Deaths – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Adapter/Director: Tim Crouch Designer: Lucy Bradridge Composer:  Toby Park  Reviewer: Bill Avenell It all depends on your point of view. If silliness, clever ideas, slapstick, a bit of puerile humour and generally no sense of anything deep and meaningful leads to a good night out then The Complete Deaths is for you. If it is important to have a purpose ...

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