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The Mousetrap – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

2016 Touring company of The Mousetrap

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Everybody knows of The Mousetrap, of course. The production at London's St Martins Theatre holds the record for being the longest-running theatre production anywhere in the world, having opened in 1952 (in the neighbouring Ambassadors Theatre, transferring to its current home in 1974). And yet, despite its long run, it seems ...

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Captured – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Liam Harkins as Isaac in Captured

Writer: Jenna May Hobbs Director: Suzanna Ward Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Sophie had it all with Isaac. She was his muse, photographic model and lover, living a celebrity lifestyle. So why did she simply walk away and disappear? Five years later, a baffled Isaac turns up on Sophie’s doorstep looking for answers. We join him in his quest and over the ...

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The Tempest – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Jay Mailer as Ferdinand and Beth Markey as Miranda in the National Youth Theatre Co-Production of The Tempest

Writer: William Shakespeare, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz Director: Caroline Steinbeis Reviewer: Fergus Morgan The Tempest is, like a few of Shakespeare’s later efforts, a difficult one to get right. It hovers uneasily between knockabout comedy, fairy-tale love story, revenge thriller and socio-political satire. And, when you chuck in the meta-theatricality – Prospero’s parting soliloquy is supposedly the Bard’s farewell to ...

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The Charlie Chaplin Story – Aylesbury Waterside

Chaplin: The Charlie Chaplin Story

Book: Stuart Price Music: Jake Field Reviewer: Scott Matthewman As one of the silent movie era's biggest stars, Charlie Chaplin managed to combine comic clowning with an eye for visually emotive storytelling like no other. This new musical looks at the actor's early years in Hollywood, as well as looking back into his childhood learning his craft on the stages ...

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Mustard and Blood: Bring on the Gimp – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Members of Mustard and Blood in performance

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In a recent interview with the Coventry Evening Telegraph, Mustard and Blood leader Johnny Nicholds discusses the philosophy behind the band. He explains that the band looked to move away from the traditional line-up of four or five musicians, including guitars, drums, and vocalist. Well, they have certainly achieved that. The collective comprises between 17 and 23 ...

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Katherine Jenkins: Celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Katherine Jenkins sings to celebrate the Queen's90th Birthday

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As the official celebrations for the Queen’s 90th birthday come to a close, promoter Raymond Gubbay’s London Concert Orchestra joins forces with Katherine Jenkins and guest singer Ryan Silverman for an evening of music that celebrates Britishness and the Queen’s life and reign. The orchestra, under the baton of conductor Anthony Inglis, is a ...

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The Birthday Party – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Gareth Ryan Bennet in The Birthday Party

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer:Selwyn Knight The Birthday Party was Pinter’s second go at a full-length play. Although well received on its pre-West End tour, it opened at The Lyric, Hammersmith to critical disdain and closed after only eight performances. That could have been the end for both The Birthday Party and Pinter, but his reputation was rescued ...

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Guys and Dolls – Milton Keynes Theatre

anna o'byrne and cast guys and dolls tour

Book: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, from Damon Runyon’s short stories Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director: Gordon Greenberg Reviewer:Maggie Constable Strutting its stuff in Milton Keynes this week in good ole US musical style is Chichester Theatre’s acclaimed revival of Guys and Dolls. It is prohibition era in the Big Apple and Nathan Detroit must get some money quickly ...

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