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Ladies in Retirement – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Edward Percy and Reginald Denham Director: Ian Dickens Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Set in the early 1800s, Ladies in Retirement is billed as a Victorian melodrama. Written in 1941, it was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic and adapted in 1944 into a highly successful film. Sadly, however, it does not really stand the test of time. For ...

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Under Milk Wood – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Dylan Thomas Director: Terry Hands Reviewer: James Garrington As Dylan Thomas himself put it, “to begin at the beginning”, Under Milk Wood was, when originally written, intended as a radio play. It is a play for voices, a play intended to be heard and not seen. It is a play where very little happens, and the attraction lies almost ...

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The Oxford Revue and Friends – Oxford Playhouse

Writers: The Oxford Revue, The Cambridge Footlights, The Leeds Tealights Reviewer: Fergus Morgan The Oxford Revue, The Cambridge Footlights and The Leeds Tealights, three of the most respected student comedy groups in the country, boast many of the nation’s favourite comedians among their alumni and some of higher education’s finest young talent among their current membership. Coming together at The ...

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Josh Widdicombe: Incidentally – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Josh Widdicombe Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Josh Widdicombe has no pretensions to comedic grandeur. He shuns political satire, eschews social commentary and abstains from using the polished one-liner, instead favouring a comfortable brand of astute observational humour. ‘Michael Gove is a f***** d***’, he remarks early in his show, then reassures the audience: ‘Don’t worry, that’s as high-brow as it’s ...

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Kidnapped – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Ivan Wilkinson, adapted from the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Anna Fox Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Kidnapped is Robert Louis Stevenson’s nominally children’s novel set in Scotland at the height of the Jacobite Rebellion, when Scots were split between the Whigs and the Jacobites. It is a story of adventure and of the journey undertaken by a seventeen year ...

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Pygmalion – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: David Grindley Writer: GeorgeBernard Shaw Reviewer: Maggie Constable Tony award winner David Grindley directs the 100 year anniversary production of one of George Bernard Shaw’s most popular and enduring plays this week at Milton Keynes Theatre. Written in 1912, Pygmalion is full of Shaw’s caustic wit, satire and panache which is whyit is to this day one of his ...

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Gareth Malone Voices Tour – Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Assistant Musical Director: Michael Higgins Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer The UK’s favourite choir master is renowned for rallying ordinary people and giving them the confidence to sing, showing them that the most important thing is the personal joy that it brings and the community it creates, rather than the technical ability or the need to show off. Examples of his notable ...

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Catch 22 – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Joseph Heller served in World War II, flying sixty bombing missions in 1944. It took him until 1953 to be able to write about his experiences and the feelings of those serving, and his debut novel, Catch-22, was published in 1961 to a mixed critical reception. Part of that might be ...

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