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Bugsy Malone – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Alan Parker Music and Lyrics: Paul Williams Director: Robert Marsden Reviewer: Hannah Powell Friday 4th August sees one hundred youngsters aged 10-21 enthusiastically take to the stage at Milton Keynes Theatre in their rendition of Bugsy Malone, the American gangster play famously performed entirely by a cast of children. The tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the New York mob scene is ...

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Keith Emerson A Musical Celebration of His Life – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Headshot of Keith Emerson

Reviewer: John Kennedy Surely there must be a few 'Heads' here tonight who saw The Nice at Mothers, Erdington,1968 - for those brief few years the utterly coolest and most ludicrously sweaty venue in the UK? Maybe even more who witnessed ELP's second (but really their debut launch) gig at the IOW Festival 1970. Emerson's defiant struggle to escape from ...

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Venus and Adonis – Swan Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

A puppet Venus tempts a puppet Adonis with puppeteers faintly visible behind

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer:  John Kennedy You are the apotheosis of male perfection – Adonis (the clue's in the name). The Goddess of Love, Venus (ditto) is desperate to get you in the sack and at your sacs in a leafy glade down amongst the blue-veined violets – best not to dwell on that image. But, Lydian ...

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Funny Girl – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

woman in period costume sitting on sofa natasha barnes funny girl

Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  James Garrington Success in show business is said to be as much about being in the right place at the right time as it is with talent. The film version of Funny Girl, following a successful stage run, did much to promote Barbra Streisand’s ...

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The Jungle Book – Birmingham Hippodrome

A dancer hangs in front of a red background

Choreographer: Kendra J Horsburgh Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: John Kennedy The company's name - Metta, playing on meta-theatre – is teasing and naughtily succinct. Boldly going beyond - getting it out there - giving it up on to the streets. Break-dancing down the fourth-wall, reimagining it as a liberating, multi-media, graffiti splashed, canvas carnival of anthropomorphic animals let loose. And with gob-smack, ...

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Dangerous Corner – Nottingham Playhouse

Four women in thirties costume, three seated, one standing

Writer: J. B. Priestley Director: Karen Henson Reviewer: David Robinson Due to some essential refurbishment work at the Nottingham Theatre Royal, the regular Colin McIntyre summer thriller season moves down the road and around a corner or two and arrives promptly for a run at the Playhouse. Dangerous Corner was JB Priestley’s first attempt at writing a full-length play although ...

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Wonderland – Milton Keynes Theatre

Stephen Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Jack Murphy Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Maggie Constable Before Alice disappears down the rabbit hole we are treated at Milton Keynes Theatre to Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland, a magical musical based on the famous Lewis Carroll original stories. The acclaimed production, which has played to packed audiences across the ‘pond’, packs ...

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Macbeth – mac, Birmingham

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andy Barrow Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Oddsocks Productions, formed in 1989 by husband and wife team, Andy Barrow and Elli Mackenzie, aims to ‘tell good stories in a fun interactive way’, producing a ‘theatre experience for everyone’. Since 1993, they have mounted two tours per year, performing all over the country, often outdoors. Snippets of overheard conversation when ...

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