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Di and Viv and Rose – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Amelia Bullmore Director: Ellie Darvill Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Di, Viv and Rose. Three very different girls meeting in halls of residence. They become friends and share a house for two years, sharing in the ups and downs of student life – and there are plenty of both. Can they ‘meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just ...

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Madam Butterfly – Birmingham Hippodrome

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Joachim Herz Reviewer: John Kennedy A Marxist/Leninist rationale might have Madam Butterfly’s libretto seen as a retro-appropriated allegory of US colonial cultural and patriarchal exploitation. But then, opera never did really catch on in the Gulags. Meanwhile,  feminist critiques might suggest cynical, gender-bias hegemony. Ergo: in a Man’s world - things never change - tutti gli uomini ...

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Space Spectacular: Star Wars and Beyond – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A spacescape including an orchestra and choir

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Raymond Gubbay Ltd has long been producing concerts of popular classical music using its in-house orchestras, including tonight’s orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra. This is advertised as a Space Spectacular, comprised of music inspired by space. And it certainly is a spectacle. With over seventy musicians on stage, even Symphony Hall’s stage looks full ...

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Three Short Story Ballets – Birmingham Hippodrome

A ballerina is held aloft atop a pyramid of dancers

Music: Igor Stravinsky, John Harle, Arthur Sullivan Choreography: Michael Corder, Ruth Brill, John Cranko Reviewer: Daljinder Johal The Birmingham Royal Ballet has treated audiences with its summer season featuring three wonderful short story ballets including Arcadia. As seen as publicity posters, it allows First Artist Ruth Brill, to now make a name for herself as a choreographer. However, don't be ...

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Trainspotting Live – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin Reviewer: David Robinson The advance promotion promises a punchy and immersive evening. This In Your Face Theatre production certainly doesn’t disappoint on those two scores, far from it. Directors Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin almost insist from the first incredibly loud moment that there are no passengers in ...

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Idina Menzel – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Clare White Just last week, Idina Menzel was introduced on ITV’s Loose Women as ‘the star of Disney’s Frozen’. Indeed, as the voice of Princess Elsa in the 2013 animated film, she was propelled to global stardom and became a household name, but Frozen is just the tip of the iceberg - Idina was a stage and screen superstar ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writers:  Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer & Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: John Kennedy Michael Green’s dramatis majeure, The Art Of Coarse Acting (Hutchinson & Co, 1964) variously, if not vicariously, defines a coarse actor as one who‘Can remember the pauses but not the lines.’ All the stage is a whirl tonight in anticipation of a play within a play the likes of ...

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Re:Production – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

A woman in a white coat faces us standing in a corridor

Writer: Jenna May Hobbs Director: Suzanna Ward Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Tom and Karen are a thoroughly modern couple, totally comfortable with each other and completely in love. Both professionals, their life story has been perfect so far, from their first awkward meeting and their shared journey through the stages of love as defined by scientists at Rutgers. In case you aren’t familiar ...

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