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Not I, Footfalls, Rockaby – Birmingham Rep

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Walter Asmus Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards   It is much easier to review something when it is close to being objectively good or bad. For instance a stellar cast can transform a drab play but in equal measure some slack direction can completely lose the focus of the audience. These are the closest things you can ...

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Avenue Q, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book: Jeff Whitty Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer: Jennie Philpot   A musical with puppets, which is strictly for adults, sound a bit bizarre? It is, but that is exactly what makes this an award winning show. On tour after spending five years in the West End and winning numerous awards, including three ...

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Time and The Conways – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer:J B Priestley Director:Fiona Buffini Reviewer:Phil Lowe Quite often in a theatre review the set, the lighting and the sound get the briefest of mentions in roughly the fourth paragraph down. It is almost as if, among the acting talent, they only had a marginal existence. Not so in this review. The set of Time and The Conways at Nottingham ...

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New Jersey Nights – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Director/Choreographer: Emma Rogers Musical Director: Matt Randall Reviewer: Kevin Evans Since its inception on Broadway in 2005 and subsequent tours across the world, the musical Jersey Boys has popularised the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons for a very new generation and refreshed it for the old. As an effect of this New Jersey Nights has been born. ...

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The Russian Doctor – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Co-Creators: Andrew Dawson and Martin Lloyd-Evans Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In 1890, a Russian doctor made the arduous journey across Siberia by horse and carriage and river steamer to the island of Salakhin, which housed a penal colony. His journey took nearly three months – a shorter journey than the convicts who would spend three years walking there. ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Dominic Dromgoole Reviewer: Pete Benson A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. It is set in the worlds of both privileged and working class Athenians and that of the fairies and their magic. At the centre of the play are the trials and tribulations of four lovers spellbound by various enchantments not ...

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Barnum – Curve Leicester

Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Book: Mark Bramble Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Phil Lowe Phineas Taylor Barnum – the greatest showman on earth! What a statement! A claim like no other! That may be wise-cracking humbug, and there may well be a 'Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute', but darn it, that fella Brian Conley as PT Barnum is ...

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Rudy’s Rare Records – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Danny Robins Director: Paulette Randall Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Rudy’s Rare Records is an institution in Handsworth. Harking back to a bygone age, it is full of vinyl records. It is also in a prime spot for redevelopment. But in these days of instant music downloads, is there a place for such a shop? As Rudy says, you can’t download ...

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