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Friday Night Classics: Best of the West End – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Martin Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Six weeks after its postponement due to severe wintry weather, we assemble in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on one of the hottest days of the year so far for the latest Friday Night Classics offering from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), this time celebrating the music from great West End (and Broadway) musicals. ...

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The Little Mermaid – Albany Theatre, Coventry

Director & Choreographer: Christopher Moore Reviewer: Nicole Craft It’s difficult to think of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid as anything other than the Disney retelling and this may have had something to do with the number of children in this evening’s audience. Far from all-too-catchy songs and talking crabs, however, is Ballet Theatre UK’s dramatic retelling of the classic ...

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This House – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: James Graham Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The mid-to-late 1970s was a turbulent time for British politics. The Conservative Government under Ted Heath had already had a torrid time with two miners’ strikes, power blackouts and the Three-Day week; in 1974 Heath called a snap election to get a new mandate. It was a miscalculation: the result was ...

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The Little Mermaid – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director and choreographer: David Nixon Music: Sally Beamish Reviewer: Maggie Constable At Milton Keynes theatre this week Northern Ballet follows last year’s wonderful Casanova with yet another superb production: The Little Mermaid. This is a re-working of the famous and much-loved Hans Christian Andersen classic. However, this is no Disney story but a very poignant one, much more akin to the original tale. ...

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The Last Ship – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music and Lyrics: Sting Book: Lorne Campbell Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: James Garrington New musicals as striking as The Last Ship don’t come along very often. Strictly speaking, this is not a new musical, though – it premiered in 2014 in Chicago before transferring to Broadway for a brief run. Since then it has been reworked, and it’s this new version ...

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Brighton Rock – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bryony Lavery, from the book by Graham Greene Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There’s a power vacuum in Brighton’s underworld. Gangleader Kite is dead and the remains of his gang are in thrall to Pinkie. Just 17, Pinkie is a natural leader for the gang, ruthless and cunning, but can he win over Kite’s protection clients or will they ...

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