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Son of a Preacher Man – Theatre Royal, Brighton

A woman leans over a man bent backwards over a table

Writer: Warner Brown Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Jo Payne From the opening trumpet, it’s clear that this show’s music will be a strong element.  And so it should. The music of Dusty Springfield is loved the world over and, for this jukebox musical, the songs have had a bit of a makeover.  Recognisable songs have a slightly different rhythm, ...

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Spiked – Pleasance Theatre, London

Writer: Felicite du Jeu Director: Gemma Kerr Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Motherhood brings with it many skills, a need to nurture, to support and particularly the selfless desire for your child’s life to be better than your own. But, it can also reveal some less pleasant aspects of personality, which Felicite du Jeu’s new play Spiked explores, as three very different London ...

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The Kite Runner – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adaptor: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Alice Fowler Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is a story about courage: the courage needed to fight off evil, speak the truth and, ultimately, atone for the errors of one’s past. At its heart is the friendship between two young Afghan boys, Amir (superbly played by Raj Ghatak) and Hassan ...

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The Little Mermaid – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director and choreographer: David Nixon Music: Sally Beamish Reviewer: Maggie Constable At Milton Keynes theatre this week Northern Ballet follows last year’s wonderful Casanova with yet another superb production: The Little Mermaid. This is a re-working of the famous and much-loved Hans Christian Andersen classic. However, this is no Disney story but a very poignant one, much more akin to the original tale. ...

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Rob Auton: The Hair Show – The Stand, Glasgow

Writer: Rob Auton Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Humour is a subjective matter, which is always worth remembering before entering into the murky den of The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow. Rob Auton, in his Hair Show, proves that his quirky comedy may not be to everyone’s tastes but is undeniably clever. Rob Auton’s zany trip into his head is preceded by ...

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The Last Ship – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music and Lyrics: Sting Book: Lorne Campbell Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: James Garrington New musicals as striking as The Last Ship don’t come along very often. Strictly speaking, this is not a new musical, though – it premiered in 2014 in Chicago before transferring to Broadway for a brief run. Since then it has been reworked, and it’s this new version ...

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Art – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Yazmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Music: Gary Yershon Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Janet Jepson Art always gives the appearance of being a quintessentially middle-class English drama, performed by traditional middle-aged actors on a contemporary set. However, it is somewhat surprising to learn that the work was originally written in French by Yasmina Reza, a Russian/Iranian/Hungarian/Jewish playwright from Paris. Translator ...

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Iliza Schlesinger – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall American stand-up star and Netflix sensation Iliza Schlesinger has a few dates on the other side of the Atlantic. Gigs in the UK, northern Europe and Scandinavia begin in Salford and, such is her rare appearance, her super fans ensure a sell-out. Game show and chat show host, author and successful comedian she may be in the ...

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