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Wolf Meat – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Director: Mick Barnfather Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Ever wondered what Eastenders on crack might look like? Wolf Meat from Wildheart and Lyric answers that perennial question. Grandma lives with geeky grandson Wolfie and the unsettling Luna who seems to exist to serve. Together they are unlikely drug barons, running everything south of the river. But on their track is crack investigator, ...

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Danza Contemporanea De Cuba – The Lowry, Salford

Danza Contemporánea de Cuba in Matri -Etnocentra -Foreground Iosmaly Ordoñez

Choreographers: Annabelle López Ochoa, Theo Clinkard, George Céspedes Reviewer: Jo Beggs Choreographer Annabelle López Ochoa describes the dancers of Danza Contemporanea De Cuba as “strong and abundant with energy…very generous and high powered dancers which is common for them – quite uncommon in the rest of the world…they dance like to last time they are going to dance”. All of ...

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First Encounters With Shakespeare: The Tempest – Royal Shakespeare Company

First Encounters with Shakespeare with RSC The Tempest

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Aileen Gonsalves Reviewer:  John Kennedy The Royal Shakespeare Company’s (RSC) First Encounters With Shakespeare series of productions for 8-13 year olds across the UK invites The Review Hub (TRH) to Springhead Primary School, Stoke-On-Trent, for an invigorating and youthfully dynamic afternoon’s thespian fun. Introducing the tour, Director, Aileen Gonsalves spoke of the RSC’s First Encounters project. ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Originally conceived as a star vehicle for Julie Andrews, the film Thoroughly Modern Millie was released in 1967 to a generally positive reception, nominated for seven Academy Awards (winning one) and for five Golden Globes (winning one). So it was ...

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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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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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La Strada – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Bart Soroczynski as Il Matto (The Fool) and ensemble

Music: Benji Bower Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight La Strada is a beautiful, mesmerising, poetic piece of theatre. Based on the Oscar-winning 1954 film of the same name by Federico Fellini, it tells the story of the naïve and credulous Gelsomina, whose mother is so poor she accepts cash for her daughter from the travelling strongman Zampanò. Gelsomina accompanies ...

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The Red Shoes – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer:  Katy Roberts Throughout his illustrious career, for which he was awarded a knighthood last year, Matthew Bourne has enchanted audiences worldwide with his imaginative retellings of fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella), classic ballets (Swan Lake), and beloved films (Edward Scissorhands). For his latest venture, Bourne has combined the two latter elements, bringing Powell and ...

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