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The Mousetrap – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Clare White Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running theatre production. It opened at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal in 1952 before embarking on its current record-breaking West End run and recently celebrated its 26,000th performance. The UK tour, seen by over one million people, marks the 60th anniversary of the popular whodunit, which ...

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Dirty Dancing – Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Dirty Dancing isn’t so much a stage adaptation of the now classic 1987 movie starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze as the two lovers from different worlds, but almost a complete transcription. Set in 1963 when America was under the watchful eye of John F. Kennedy, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Katie Hartland) is ...

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The Little Shop of Horrors – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Reviewer: Nicole Evans A somewhat unexpected and unprecedented success, Little Shop of Horrors started life as a low-budget B-movie back in 1960. Subsequent stage adaptations, and the better-known movie remake of 1986, have ensured the cult status it quickly gained has remained a large part of popular culture ...

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The Tell-Tale Heart – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: The Company from the short story by Edgar Allan Poe Director: Adam Carver Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, seems to be a fragment of a conversation between two people, an unreliable narrator and another. The narrator is keen to prove his sanity but to do that he must admit to the murder of ...

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The Next Step – Wild Rhythm Tour (Step 2) – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The Canadians have arrived in the UK in the form of The Next Step: Wild Rhythm Tour, much to the delight of their adoring audiences and Birmingham Symphony Hall is the perfect venue to see them in action and just about big enough to accommodate their legion of followers. This production centres on the hit TV series ...

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The Exorcist – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Adam Garcia as Father Damien Karras Clare Louise Connolly as Regan and Peter Bowles as Father Merrin in The Exorcist

Writer: John Pielmeyer from the novel by William Peter Blatty Director: Sean Mathias Reviewer: Nicole Evans 1973, the year the film-world was shaken by the arrival of what was dubbed by some as the scariest horror film of all time. By today's standards the gore and effects of The Exorcist compare to that of a prime-time television show, but in ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – Birmingham Hippodrome

Martin Kaye and Jason Donovan in Million Dollar Quartet

Writers: Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: James Garrington Sam Phillips might be one of the least recognisable yet most important men in the history of popular music – for he was the founder and owner of Sun Studios in Memphis, and the man who is widely credited with creating rock’n’roll, discovering such talents as Jerry Lee ...

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