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Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s not entirely obvious now exactly when Jethro Tull was formed. A group of Blackpool musicians, including Ian Anderson, Jeffrey Hammond and John Evan, was playing locally in the mid-1960s. They subsequently moved to London, where they never got repeat bookings so went through several name changes; eventually, their agent named them Jethro Tull after the 18thcentury ...

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This House – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: James Graham Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Dave Smith Local boy James Graham (who is from the village of Annesley and used to work at the Royal Centre as a doorman) has become not only one of this country’s most successful playwrights in recent years, he’s almost certainly been the most prolific. In just the last 12 months, he’s had ...

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Wicked – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Nicole Craft With Wicked having won over 100 major international awards, being in its 12th year in the West End, having a second go at a UK tour and possessing an instantly recognisable protagonist thanks to its Wizard of Oz roots, it would be easy to assume everybody ...

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Holes – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Louis Sachar Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Dave Smith Having got his tenure as Artistic Director at Nottingham Playhouse off to a solid start with local mining paean Wonderland, Adam Penford here significantly raises the bar with this unendingly inventive and entertaining adaptation of Louis Sachar’s modern classic novel Holes. This is a clever and intelligently directed combination of humour, silliness, ...

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The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel – The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer and Director: Esther Simpson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Twisted Tale of Hansel and Gretel is a bold choice for Birmingham Hippodrome’s first in-house production. The theatre has had a long-standing relationship with co-producers Open Theatre Company – one of the region’s leading promoters of Learning Disabled Arts – and this production boasts a cast and crew drawn from BecauseWeCanCanCan, a learning-disabled company ...

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: B-SIDE Hip-Hop festival set to take over Birmingham Hippodrome for third year

Birmingham Hippodrome’s free annual Hip-Hop festival, B-SIDE, is to return for its third year from 9-13 May 2018. Taking place around streets in the Southside area of Birmingham and inside the Hippodrome itself, the free festival celebrates all things Hip-Hop with a series of performances, interactive talks, live graffiti art, dance competitions and high-energy workshops. With headline acts already confirmed ...

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Fat Friends – The Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Lyrics and Director: Kay Mellor Music: Nick Lloyd Webber Reviewer: Clare White It’s been 18 years since ITV drama Fat Friends first hit our screens and now Kay Mellor’s popular slimming club-inspired comedy has undergone its own transformation for the stage. The musical adaptation, written and directed by Mellor, is a funny and frothy romp, featuring a host of ...

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