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Macbeth: A Mind Tormented – Albany Theatre, Coventry

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Vivien Jones Reviewer: Nicole Craft The Albany Theatre, having recently secured their future for the next half-century, further makes its presence in the city as a leading theatrical venue known this evening by launching its brand-new studio space. After a small launch event, The Studio opens its curtains to audiences for the first time and welcomes ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – mac, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Perhaps Marlon Brando, leader of The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in The Wild Ones, first lit his fuse. ‘Hey Johnny, what you rebelling against?’ ‘Whadda you got?’ Long has Mark Thomas been curdling the venal fat-cats’ cream and door-step embarrassment-bombing their corporate greed-fests. Be they arms dealers, polluters, even New Labour, his moniker as megaphone publicity socialist stuntman ...

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An Act of Kindness – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Helena Westerman Director: Caroline Simonsen Reviewer: James Garrington “I like talking to people. I find it makes them smile. And no one ever smiles at each other in London”. Leila is a waitress in a cafe. Every day she catches the bus at the same stop. Then one day she meets a man there – Martin, a successful young ...

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Spamalot – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book and Lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez & Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: David Robinson As the winter chill tightens its fierce grip around the Coventry ring road it seems a timely moment to enjoy the Monty Python advice of always looking on the bright side of life, whatever the weather. The touring show is produced by ...

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Lefty Scum – mac, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Evidently, tonight’s on-tour artists eschew Wilde’s pithy epigram – ‘The trouble with socialism is that it takes up too many evenings.’ Promising ‘music, comedy and Revolutionary socialism’ this affectionate rather than affected ensemble of agit-prop troubadours soon establishes two mercifully welcomed axioms. Not only do some Labour evangelists still retain a sense of humour without recourse to a ...

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Hedda Gabler – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Maggie Constable After a sell-out and critically-acclaimed run at the National Theatre, Hedda Gabler has commenced its tour of the U.K and arrives at Milton Keynes this week. Patrick Marber’s adapted version of this Ibsen classic is directed by Ivo Van Hove. Both are winners of Tony and ...

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Barbara Nice’s Raffle – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Reviewer:  John Kennedy Barbara Nice: a comfort-blanket name for the champion of common people. Rather too conveniently compared to Victoria Wood and Mrs Merton, tonight she invites us to up the stakes and take a flutter on Lady Luck. No neon glitz Vegas hedonistic abandon here, mind. This is an alt.adrenaline, no-nonsense raffle that promises tombola Tom-foolery in spades. The ...

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The Winslow Boy – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ostensibly based on a true story about a naval cadet accused of stealing a postal order from a friend, The Winslow Boy also looks at the changing world just over a hundred years ago: Britain was living under the threat of a splintering Europe, women were fighting for equality with men, ...

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