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The Wedding Singer – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Clare White Set in the era of pitchy synth pop, big hair and even bigger shoulder pads, The Wedding Singer is a light-hearted dose of 80s kitsch. This musical adaptation of the 1998 rom-com starring Adam Sandler brings together the sweetness and fun of the ...

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Aladdin – Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer: David Bintley Composer: Carl Davis Reviewer: John Kennedy Ennui-induced moments of desperate TV multi-channel surfing can hardly avoid a repeat somewhere of the groundbreaking 1981 World At War documentary series, or that career-defining scene in Pride & Prejudice where Colin Firth’s Darcy plunges with svelte-pelt otter eroticism in to that balm-bathing ornamental pond. Carl Davis’ compositions, indeed, are ever to the fore. Tonight, ...

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Gratiano – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Ross Ericson Director: Michelle Yim Reviewer: James Garrington Bassanio is dead – he has been murdered and Gratiano has been taken in for questioning. As he faces his interviewers, he considers all of the possible culprits and what their motives for the crime might have been. Gratiano takes The Merchant of Venice and looks at the plot anew in ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Curve, Leicester

A woman stands staring maniacally

Book & Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Andrew Lloyd Webber saw Billy Wilder’s 1951 film, Sunset Boulevard, in the early 1970s but it wasn’t until 1991 that a version of the musical version was performed at Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival with Ria Jones as Norma Desmond. It was not ...

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Duet for One – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

A lady in a wheelchair and a man face each other in a book-filled office

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Stephanie, a brilliant violinist at the peak of her career, is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As the disease progresses, she gradually becomes unable to play or even walk reliably. Her husband, also a brilliant musician and composer, has suggested she see Dr Feldman, a psychiatrist, to help her cope with her ...

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Coriolanus – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

A man is talking to a group of men

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: Catherine Lyon A brutal landscape of cold, rattling metal, civil anarchy and the imminent threat of bloodshed. This is where the Royal Shakespeare Company’s latest production of Coriolanus opens. Delivering on its promises, the production offers its fair share of gore, sword fighting and unbridled masculine rivalry. Set against the harsh angularity of ...

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Dido: Queen of Carthage – The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Aman an a woman talk over a table

Writer: Christopher Marlowe Director: Kimberley Sykes Reviewer: John Kennedy  The she-wolf suckled twins, Romulus and Remus, sacrosanct symbols of Ancient Rome’s foundation, never got in the way of shrewd chancer and Roman poet, Virgil, in his bid to re-jig legend and myth in pursuit of a lucrative propaganda pitch. Plagiarising, ‘reimagining’ Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid epic celebrates the perilous voyages ...

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Deathtrap – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

A man with a mace and a woman looking apprehension at a table

Writer: Ira Levin Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Ira Levin’s 1978 comedy-thriller Deathtrap, which became one of Broadway’s longest running plays, is a postmodern masterpiece. Revolving around the machinations of a struggling playwright of thrillers, several of the play’s twists and turns involve the writing of a play, also called Deathtrap, which mirrors events on stage. Levin’s witty script ...

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