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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Simon Reade Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Dave Smith Sherlock Holmes apparently holds the Guinness World Record for the most portrayed literary human character on film and television. He may not be such a regular on stage but, nonetheless, you still have a lot of preconceptions and iconic portrayals to deal with, especially if you’re trying to do something new ...

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Titanic the Musical – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: John Kennedy An additional irony to the already hubris-laden Titanic tragedy is that its revolutionary design made it the safest ship afloat - which it was. Albeit, immediately up to, but not subsequent to hitting a colossal iceberg at 22 knots - because then, self-evidently, it was neither safe ...

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Crazy for You – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Book: Ken Ludwig Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: James Garrington Crazy for You, as a show, has everything a traditional musical theatre enthusiast could ask for. With a rich Gershwin score full of well-known numbers, big choreographed routines, and a book full of comedy aimed at a modern audience, done well it can be a delight. ...

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Everything Must Go – Birmingham Wholesale Markets

Directors: Friction Arts Reviewer: John Kennedy Friction Arts, melding fusion and immersive conceptual installations weaves a non-linear narrative of a day in the life of the once myriad market trades-people. For three consecutive days (three years in the realisation), the abandoned Wholesale Markets become their nucleus. This unique setting allows for micro and macro events focusing on the triangular concrete ‘island’ ...

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Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Terry Deary and Neal Foster Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Nicole Craft “Whoa…look at the setup!”; The first words uttered by a younger member of this reviewer’s party as we enter the auditorium. It’s not the most staggering stage-set ever witnessed, but the two medieval tents and the array of costumes already present, hanging from two elaborate hat stands, are ...

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84 Charing Cross Road – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: James Roose-Evans from the book by Helene Hanff Director: Richard Beecham Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In 1949, Helene Hanff was a young unperformed playwright in New York with a zest for self-improvement. She never went to college but loved the classics and more obscure literary titles. She chanced upon an advert for Marks and Co., an antiquarian bookseller in Charing Cross Road, and ...

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Legally Blonde The Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Heather Hach Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Omigod you guys! Legally Blonde has arrived at Milton Keynes Theatre on a bright pink cloud, bringing with it plenty of prep, lots of laughs and a brilliant wardrobe. The musical, adapted from the 2001 hit film starring Reece Witherspoon, is fun from beginning to end and has ...

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The Leftovers – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nic Harvey Music: Rob Green Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Nicole Craft How do you behave when somebody you love, or didn’t love all that much, or actually utterly loathed on occasion but now can’t possibly say that or you might as well be Satan, dies? There are books and ‘stages’ to tell you how you should feel, when you ...

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