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How To Be Immortal – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Mira Dovreni Director: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It is difficult to categorise How To Be Immortal. At its centre is two true stories of, on the surface, largely unremarkable people. It’s also about how those around them deal with loss. Henrietta Lacks died in 1951 of a particularly virulent strain of cancer. A biopsy was taken from the ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music: Tchaikovsky Director and Choeographer: Matthew Bourne Set and Costume Designer: Lez Brotherston Reviewer: Maggie Constable What more can one say about Matthew Bourne and his New Adventures Company that has not already been said?! A rhetorical question really since his productions, and in particular his Swan Lake, are responsible for selling both classical ballet and contemporary dance to UK ...

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The Diary of a Nobody – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Jonathan Ap Emrys from the book by George and Weedon Grossmith Director: Robert F Ball Reviewer: Selwyn Knight FRED Theatre specialise in in taking classic stories and giving them a contemporary flavour. Their latest project is based on the Victorian comic novel, The Diary of a Nobody. This has been updated to be set in 21st century London, although ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Oxford Playhouse

Writers: Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Lewis Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Mary Tapper The Play That Goes Wrong tells the story of an amateur production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, put on by the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Society. The show is introduced by the ‘director’ Chris Bean, played with great style by Henry Shields, as he promises the audience ...

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Betrayal – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Rich Bunn Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Hot on the heels of their success with The Public Reviews’ Central Region Fringe Best Fringe or Studio Production 2013, Tea at Five, the Old Joint Stock Theatre Company returns with Harold Pinter’s “memory play”, Betrayal, which Pinter wrote in 1978. Although fictional, it is inspired by the events in his ...

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The Moscow City Ballet, Swan Lake – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Music: Tchaikovsky Artistic Director: Ludmila Nerubashenko Reviewer: Rosella Barnes The Moscow City Ballet truly excel themselves with this stunning performance of Swan Lake. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, now under the dedicated eye of Ludmila Nerubashenko, Moscow City Ballet’s distinctive style of Russian classical ballet can’t help but please everyone in the audience. With the unmistakable score by Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake ...

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La Traviata – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, this English version by Robin Norton-Hale Director: Robin Norton-Hale Reviewer: James Garrington Based on La Dame aux Camelias by Dumas, La Traviata was first performed in 1853 and tells the story of the love between Violetta, a courtesan, and Alfredo, a young man who has become obsessed with her. After initial rejection, Alfredo is accepted by Violetta ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Maggie Constable The Queen is in Milton Keynes next week! Well the Queen of the Desert, Priscilla herself anyway. She is in fact a bus and filled with queens! And direct from the West End with its whole range of hit songs and dazzling costumes the musical has arrived at ...

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