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The Importance of Being Earnest – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Edward Franklin, Cathy Tyson, Darren Bennett, Martha Mackintosh and Fela Lufadeju in The Importance of Being Earnest

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Does Wilde’s witty masterpiece have anything new left to say to 21stCentury theatregoers having been regularly performed and revived in the years since its first performances at the tail end of the 19th? In this Birmingham REP and Curve, Leicester co-production, director Nikolai Foster and designer Isla Shaw certainly think so ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

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 Reviewed: Scott Matthewman Before Howard Ashman and Alan Menken revitalised the Disney musical starting with The Little Mermaid, they took the off-Broadway world by storm with their comedy musical retelling of a B-movie about an extraterrestrial carnivorous plant that grows to enormous size when fed on human blood. ...

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Sleuth – Nottingham Playhouse

The cast of Sleuth

Writer: Anthony Shaffer Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Dave Smith Nottingham Playhouse kicks off its autumn season – put together under a collective banner entitled ‘Sweet Vengeance’ - with Anthony Shaffer’s classic two-hander, probably best remembered for the 1972 film version that starred Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. Wealthy crime writer and game player Andrew Wyke (Miles Richardson) lures his wife’s ...

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Sister Act – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Alexandra Burke and Jon Robyns in Sister Act 2016 UK tour

Book: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer:James Garrington Sister Act is one of those feel-good shows that are bound to get the audience home happy. Although the plot may be wafer-thin, in many ways that doesn’t matter. Club singer Deloris van Cartier witnesses a murder committed by her gangster boyfriend and ...

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Roll Over Beethoven – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Matt Devitt (The Ghost) and Michael Fletcher (Johnny Hamlet) in Roll Over Beethoven

Book, music and lyrics: Bob Eaton Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s hard to categorise Roll Over Beethoven. Billed as a high-energy new musical telling the story of a Britain in flux between the dreary post-war days and the explosion of American Rock ‘n’ Roll, it also steals much of its storyline from Hamlet – helpfully naming characters Johnny ...

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Sunny Afternoon – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music and Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer:Selwyn Knight The Kinks – 60s pop sensation with a quintessentially British sound, formed from two brothers and some mates from Muswell Hill. Ray Davies’ quirky and intelligent lyrics were quite different to anything else that was around at that time, while the guitar playing of his brother, Dave, ...

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Keep Dancing – Milton Keynes Theatre

Keep Dancing publicity shot

Director: Emma Rogers Choreographers: Emma Rogers and Innis Robertson King Reviewer: Maggie Constable With this year’s Strictly madness imminent on our TVs, what could be nicer than a reminder of last year’s series. Best to cha-cha-cha down to Milton Keynes theatre for Keep Dancing, a sizzling and dynamic piece showcasing all our favourite styles of dance from Tango to Rumba ...

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