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Belshazzar’s Feast – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A Gowned choir in front of a grand organ

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer:  David Robinson The City of Birmingham Choir under the direction of Adrian Lucas joins forces with the dynamic Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra for an evening of robust and admirable English music. The main course after the interval is William Walton’s sublime Belshazzar’s Feast, based on selected biblical texts from the books of Psalms and Daniel. Prior ...

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To Sir, With Love – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Philip Morris as Ricky Braithwaite with the Young REP ensemble in To Sir With Love

Writer: E. R. Braithwaite Adaptor: Ayub Khan-Din Co-Directors: Gwenda Hughes and Tom Saunders Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ricardo Braithwaite is a man who makes those around him better people. After leaving the RAF as a bona fide, Spitfire-flying war hero, the colour of his skin slams doors in his face when he tries to get a job as an engineer and ...

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DNA – New Wolsey Theatre Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Dennis Kelly Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch What happens when our behaviour spirals out of control? Do we try to arrest it and risk making matters worse, or do we let it freefall in the hope that the end result won’t be as bad as we initially feared? When you're trying to plug multiple holes in a dyke, ...

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NEWS: Nuffield Youth Theatre on the hunt for Hampshire’s young acting talent

The Nuffield Theatre in Southampton is looking for looking for new members for its youth company to audition for its 2017 season. The Nuffield Youth Theatre 2017 season will include Consensual, which was premiered last year by the National Youth Theatre, and a new play The Monstrum, which will be taking part in the prestigious National Theatre Connections Festival. Auditions ...

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Romeo and Juliet – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Shakespeare's tragic love story has been reworked countless times in many genres. All the more credit, then, to the National Youth Theatre of Wales and its artistic director Bruce Guthrie for daring to add their own contemporary take to the list. A pared-down version, this, of Shakespeare’s original, cut to two ...

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Buckets – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Adam Barnard Director: Lee Hart Reviewer: Helen Tope While some plays emerge from the writer’s imagination almost fully-formed, the far more interesting ones take a circuitous route. Buckets, Adam Barnard’s first full-length play, started life as a melodrama. Written as the story of a dying child, Buckets aimed to explore the concept of the bucket list – a list ...

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Grease the Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The cast of Grease from the Stage Experience production at the New Alexandra Theatre

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: Pollyann Tanner Reviewer:Selwyn Knight Grease, despite some dubious messages in which at least one character gives in to peer pressure to become someone she is not rather than remain true to the character we have seen throughout the show, regularly tops polls as people's favourite musical, and it's easy to ...

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