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Penguin Cafe Mixed Programme – Birmingham Hippodrome

Composer (Concerto) - Dmitri Shostakovich Choreography - Kenneth MacMillan Composer (Still Life Penguin) - Simon Jeffes Choreography - David Bintley Composer (Elite Syncopations) - Scott Joplin & Others Choreography - Kenneth MacMillan Reviewer: John Kennedy The opening performance, Concerto, in three movements, is set within an explosion of bold, expansive monochromatic space: a brilliant white backdrop framed by monolithic, angular ...

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Jane Eyre – National Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Bronte (devised by the Company) Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The National Theatre has become quite adept at blowing the dust off the classics as recent productions of Hedda Gabler and Three Days in the Country gave contemporary relevance to Ibsen and Turgenev. But the National has also cannily welcomed shows from sympathetic regional venues, adopting Chichester’s ...

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The Little Mermaid – Norwich Theatre Royal

Choreography: David Nixon Music: Sally Beamish Reviewer: Lu Greer Northern Ballet's latest re-imagining of a classic story sees them take on Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid; the story of a naive young mermaid who, after the briefest of glimpses at life above the waves, falls for the human world and particularly for one man in it. As the curtain rises there is ...

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Le Grand Mort – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Stephen Clark Director: Christopher Renshaw Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We live in a society that fetishes death; our fear of its swift inevitability has led us to create elaborate rituals for recently departed loved-ones, we preserve every aspect of our history in glass cases and are endlessly fascinated by the deaths of movie stars who died decades ago. And while ...

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Ramona Tells Jim – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Sophie Wu Director: Mel Hillyard Reviewer: Stephen Bates Sophie Wu sets her debut play on the rugged Scottish coastline, where the cold of Summer and the midges bite with equal force. Teenage love blossoms briefly before being washed up on the rocky shore, only to be revisited and reflected upon 15 years later. Wu’s bitter-sweet comedy, getting its World ...

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Fever Pitch: The Opera – Union Chapel, London

Music: Scott Stroman Libretto: Tamsin Collison Director: Bernie C Byrnes Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sport has always been a fascinating subject for fiction writers inspired by exceptional tales of human endeavour and triumph against the odds. And most sports films or plays, are generally not really about sport at all, but about the personality and drive of the individual. Yet, even ...

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The White Bike – The Space, London

Writer: Tamara von Werthern Director: Lily McLeish Reviewer: Richard Maguire The publicity for The White Bike claims that the show tells an ordinary story, a terrifyingly ordinary story. With an average of 17 cyclists being killed each year on London’s streets, and with 5 already being killed this year, these deaths have, indeed, become tragically ordinary. Tamara von Werthern’s play at The ...

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The Revlon Girl – The Park 90, London

Writer: Neil Anthony Docking Director: Maxine Evans Reviewer: Richard Maguire A play with laughs about the Aberfan disaster of 1966, when 150,000 tonnes of colliery waste collapsed on the Welsh village killing 144 people, including 116 children, may seem an insensitive enterprise, but fortunately, in writer Neil Anthony Docking’s hands, this play successfully navigates tricky waters. The Revlon Girl is a sympathetic ...

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