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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Mark Haddon’s best-seller, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time first appeared in 2003. Written in the first person by 15-year-old protagonist, Christopher Boone, it never mentions that Boone suffers from a form of Asperger’s Syndrome, just that he has learning difficulties; nevertheless he does exhibit several of the ...

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Edward Scissorhands – Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes

Writer: Tim Burton Director/Choreographer: Michael Bourne Reviewer: Katy Roberts The story of Edward Scissorhands was made to be told through the medium of dance, and Matthew Bourne's New Adventures company brings the magic of Tim Burton's original story to life in the most magical way imaginable. Based on the much-loved 1990 Tim Burton film which starred Johnny Depp in the ...

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Only a Day – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Martin Beltscheit Director: Tony Graham Reviewer: Nicole Evans Who cares about a Mayfly anyway? That is the question posed by Martin Baltscheit’s short play, Only a Day. Should we care about an insect that only lives for a day? Does its short life even matter? Aimed at children aged 7-14, Only a Day tells the heart-warming tale of a ...

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All My Sons – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Glen Pearce For many Arthur Miller is tainted by schoolday memories, with students made to study his works in an isolated classroom setting. Like many a writer though, Miller’s work, accomplished though it is on paper, really soars when performed on stage. Talawa’s electrifying revival of All My Sons, opening in Ipswich ahead ...

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If I Cover My Nose You Can’t See Me – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer: Polarbear, aka Steven Camden Director: Yael Shavit Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There’s a power to spoken word performances that other forms of theatre can’t match. It’s a form of performance that harks back to the earliest and purest form of storytelling, it’s in our cultural core. Wandering poets and bards, declaiming stories of gods and monsters, men and morals on ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Claire Hayes There’s a satisfying air of barely subdued panic in the auditorium before the beginning of Mischief Theatre’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong. There are technicians handing out hard hats, last minute adjustments being made to the stage and a request from the director for anyone with theatrical ...

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Spamalot – Grand Opera House, York

Book and Lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez and Eric Idle Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Loosely based on the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a stage work largely developed by the most musical python, Eric Idle, in collaboration with John Du Prez. The show opened in 2005, earning a Tony award for Best ...

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Sing-a-long-a Frozen – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Steven Ireland This week parents all over Manchester and Salford will be dressing their children as Anna or Elsa, or making sure to take Olaf out with them. For many this is just an average trip to the supermarket, but this week some of them will be heading to the Lowry Theatre. Singalonga Productions brings their format to Disney’s ...

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