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What the Moon Saw – Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer: Tamsin Fitzgerald from the story by Hans Christian Andersen Composer: Angus Macrea Reviewer: John Kennedy The very noble, if rather esoteric programme notes draw an obtuse reference to the ‘colourless’ consequences of Brexit contrasting with the Company’s multi-hued experiences in India. This re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s eponymous story is their response. Thespian rescue-therapy? Be that as it may, it is ...

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Cinderella – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer and Director: Iain Lauchlan Reviewer: Niki Craft Among looks of disgust at tinsel-adorned trees and cries of ‘it's November’ at Mariah Carey echoing out from retail outlets everywhere, crowds are flocking to Coventry's Belgrade Theatre this evening for their official kick-off of this season's pantomime. Having worked their way, both very successfully and less so, through an array of ...

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Hamlet – Milton Keynes Theatre

Libretto: Matthew Jocelyn  Music: Brett Dean Director: Neil Armfield Reviewer: Maggie Constable The disturbed, nay tormented, Hamlet, eponymous hero of Glyndebourne’s acclaimed opera, seeks revenge for his beloved father’s death and so begins one of the most infamous Shakespearean tragedies of all time at Milton Keynes Theatre tonight. It is worse still when poor, beleaguered Hamlet discovers the culprit of the King ...

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The Nutcracker – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music:  Pyotr Tchaikovsky Choreographers: Sir Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov and Vincent Redmon Reviewer: John Kennedy Embedded in Birmingham’s ballet advent season for the past 26 years, this captivating explosion of magical movement -  Sir Peter Wright’s production of The Nutcracker - remains an evergreen, deliriously romantic and enchanting delight. It was a truth universally acknowledged, mid-1960s, that an intellectual was one whom could ...

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Up ‘n’ Under – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: John Godber Director: Tracey Street Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s 1984 and The Cobbler’s Arms reigns supreme in Rugby League Sevens across the north of England. Arthur is an ex-pro who lets his mouth run away with him and makes a potentially disastrous bet with the Cobblers’ manager, that he can train any amateur team to beat them. And so ...

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Flashdance the Musical – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Tom Hedley and Robert Carey   Music: Robbie Roth  Lyrics: Robert Carey and Robbie Roth  Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the pantheon of 1980s movies, Flashdance has achieved cult status far exceeding its own gaudy ambitions. The tale of a welding apprentice who supplements her meagre wages from a Pittsburgh steel firm by dancing in a local club, but who has ambitions to ...

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Me – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Emma Dodd (original book) Director: Samantha Lane Reviewer: John Kennedy To maintain a full house audience of parents’ and toddlers’ attention for forty minutes based almost solely on a penguin chick attempting to climb an iceberg slope is a very big ask. Less puppetry, more manipulated soft toys, at least the flippers move. The pace, however, is glacial. The ...

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Tango Moderno – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Maggie Constable Fleckerl away to Milton Keynes Theatre this week where you will be invited to share an evening with the wonderful Flavia Cacace who, with Leonel Di Cocco and Pasquale La Rocca, performs the effervescent Tango Moderno, choreographed by none other than ex-Strictly dancer Karen Bruce along with Flavia and Vincent Simone (Vincent cannot appear ...

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