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My Country: A Work in Progress – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

cast of national theatre my country a work in progress

Writer:  Carol Ann Duffy Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer:  Cath Lyon However you voted during Brexit, this play will make you feel better about the whole sorry business. My Country: a work in progress is a statement of our times, built from the words of Britain’s own people, the fluffy stereotyping and saccharine nationalism that can leave you feeling warm and ...

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The Wedding Singer – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

jon robyns wedding singer king's theatre glasgow

Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: John Kennedy Based on the lucrative box office eponymous 1998 movie Rom-Com that, being generous, lent Adam Sandler’s career at least some ephemeral gravitas, the much lauded ‘chemistry’ between him and love interest, Drew Barrymore, became a water-cooler buzz topic. What actual chemicals they shared, ...

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Shirley Valentine – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  Dave Smith Willy Russell’s ever-popular Shirley Valentine, first seen at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in 1986, has been given a long overdue and high-profile revival in the form of a major national tour. Original director Glen Walford is again in charge, with Jodie Prenger given the difficult task of carrying the whole thing ...

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The Woman in Black – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre.

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As a young solicitor, Arthur Kipps had an unsettling experience that has had a profound effect on his entire life. Now, as an older man, he hopes to exorcise the ghost by writing an account of what happened and then sharing it with family and friends. ...

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Belshazzar’s Feast – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A Gowned choir in front of a grand organ

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer:  David Robinson The City of Birmingham Choir under the direction of Adrian Lucas joins forces with the dynamic Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra for an evening of robust and admirable English music. The main course after the interval is William Walton’s sublime Belshazzar’s Feast, based on selected biblical texts from the books of Psalms and Daniel. Prior ...

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A Clockwork Orange – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Writer: Anthony Burgess Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: David Robinson The Curve is partnering with the performing arts students from De Montfort University on this immersive and brave adaptation of the Anthony Burgess dystopian classic. The novel sits proudly on the Time magazine’s top hundred books in the English language, a novel Burgess admitted to writing in a matter of a ...

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Vice Versa – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Two men either side of a woman in Roman costume

Writer: Phil Porter Director: Janice Honeyman Reviewer:  James Garrington Loud-mouth General Braggadocio is convinced that he is one of the most popular men in Rome – especially with the women. His three servants – Feclus, Omnivorous and Dexter – all hate and despise him. Braggadocio has kidnapped Voluptua, Dexter’s former mistress, and is keeping her as a concubine but she ...

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The Who’s Tommy – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  John Kennedy Described as the Rock Musical reborn for a new generation there may well be a smattering of the My Generation here tonight who heard it first time round. The essential summertime news circulating in 1969 was that The Who were ...

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