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Our House – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

A woman stands holding a hand aloft surrounded by others

Director: James Tobias Writer: Tim Firth Music: Madness (and Labbi Siffre) Choreographer: Fabian Aloise Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald With commercial theatre’s love for jukebox musicals showing no real signs of slowing, Our House hits UK theatres, touring the country for the fourth time since its inception in 2002. Following Camden schoolboy Joe Casey, Our House explores family, love and the wrong ...

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Duet for One – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

A lady in a wheelchair and a man face each other in a book-filled office

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Stephanie, a brilliant violinist at the peak of her career, is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As the disease progresses, she gradually becomes unable to play or even walk reliably. Her husband, also a brilliant musician and composer, has suggested she see Dr Feldman, a psychiatrist, to help her cope with her ...

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The Band – Manchester Opera House

Director: Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen The Band is a new production that has been created off the back of the international success of boy group Take That, and that sparked a TV search for five aspiring pop stars. Making its debut in Manchester, it is at once both fun and ridiculous, providing a real throwback to ...

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The Little Mermaid – Norwich Theatre Royal

Choreography: David Nixon Music: Sally Beamish Reviewer: Lu Greer Northern Ballet's latest re-imagining of a classic story sees them take on Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid; the story of a naive young mermaid who, after the briefest of glimpses at life above the waves, falls for the human world and particularly for one man in it. As the curtain rises there is ...

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The Truman Capote Talk Show – Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

Writer/ Director/ Performer: Bob Kingdom Reviewer: Joan Phillips In The Truman Capote Talk Show, Bob Kingdom once again captures his subject as perfectly as he did in Dylan Thomas: Return Journey. Dressed in a rather dandy hat, expensive suit with matching jumper and socks, Capote enters the stage and takes his seat under the spotlight for 70 minutes of chat about his favourite subject ...

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Desire Under the Elms – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Sam Yates Designer: Chiara Stephenson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Desire Under the Elms is a powerful and moving play. The highly acclaimed American playwright Eugene O’Neill wrote this play in 1924. He was strongly influenced by Greek tragedy which impacted on his work. During his lifetime, he won four Pulitzer prizes and the Nobel prize for literature. ...

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Gypsy Queen – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Rob Ward Director: Adam Zane Reviewer:  Katherine Kirwin Two fighters command the stage in separate spotlights and rush forth a spoken word style monologue; one is ‘Gorgeous George’ a scrappy Northern Catholic bare-knuckle fighter and the other is Dean ‘The Pain’ Clayton who is part of a boxing dynasty with greatness lying before him. When there are doubts about ...

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Le Grand Mort – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Stephen Clark Director: Christopher Renshaw Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We live in a society that fetishes death; our fear of its swift inevitability has led us to create elaborate rituals for recently departed loved-ones, we preserve every aspect of our history in glass cases and are endlessly fascinated by the deaths of movie stars who died decades ago. And while ...

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