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The Moscow State Circus – Curve Leicester

Reviewer: Farhana Shaikh Welcome to Park Gorkogo, or Gorky Park, a Moscow cultural quarter home to competing circus acts by day - and a feuding couple - a colourful park attendant who does her best to sweep the parks grounds, and rid of a pesky but over-enthusiastic suited and booted, old man - by night. The opening is a slow ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company – Aylesbury Waterside

Choreographers: Richard Alston, Martin Lawrance Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the Richard Alston Dance Company is now touring with a selection of routines both old and new. The four routines performed (of the seven that form the body of this tour’s repertoire) combine new routines with some older material, with patchy levels of success. New work ...

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CBSO: From the Danube to the Rhine – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Zazushi Ono Reviewer: Sam Chipman After the "Tragic" Fourth Symphony in C minor, in which Schubert was showing signs of development towards a romantic symphony, his Fifth Symphony reverted back to a more conventionally classical symphony although the availability of certain instruments in his amateur orchestra seems likely to have influenced this. Kazushi Ono leads the CBSO with much ...

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The History Boys – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Nicole Evans Set in the 1980’s, six Tony Award winning, The History Boys aims to point out the strengths and flaws of an education system perceived to be rapidly declining. Covering a class of boys preparing for a shot at Oxbridge exams it explores every aspect of confusion in both teaching and being ...

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Jersey Boys – Milton Keynes Theatre

`Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Maggie Constable Oh What a Night! indeed. Jersey Boys, the show which has been delighting more than19 million people globally for some time and is the winner of 50+ awards, is touring the U.K for the first time and flies into Milton Keynes this ...

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The Cat in the Hat – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Dr Seuss adapted by Katie Mitchell Director: Lillie Collier Reviewer: Pete Benson The Cat in the Hat is a live version of the book of the same name. Theodor Geisel, better known under the pen name Dr. Seuss, wrote the book in 1957 in response to a perceived ineffectiveness of the then crop of available learning to read books. ...

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CBSO Friday Night Classics: Best of the West End – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael England Reviewer: James Garrington This is a wonderful evening of variety performed by the CBSO and guest vocalists. The mood is set from the opening piece as the audience settle back and enjoy a lovely arrangement of overtures by Martin Yates, including a number of pieces which he has fitted together beautifully. The orchestra appear alone again later ...

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Forever Young – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Erik Gedeon adapted by Giles Croft and Stefan Bednarczyk Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Phil Lowe A show that returns to the Nottingham Playhouse stage four times since its first showing in 2010 with a legion of devoted followers, some having made repeated visits to see the show must have something very special about it. Forever Young is a musical ...

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