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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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‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: John Ford Director: Declan Donnellan Reviewer: Fergus Morgan ‘The essence of eroticism is to be found in the inextricable confusion of sexual pleasure and taboo’, wrote French philosopher Georges Bataille, a quote reprinted in the programme notes for Cheek By Jowl’s current production of John Ford’s Caroline tragedy, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore. Accordingly, in emphasising the play’s inherent ...

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Northern Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Milton Keynes Theatre

Directors: David Nixon and Patricia Doyle Choreographer and costume design: David Nixon Music: Mendelssohn and Brahms Reviewer: Maggie Constable Northern Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream comes chugging into Milton Keynes this week as we find ourselves with a dance company on the London to Edinburgh leg of their tour and learn about all the shenanigans, romantic liaisons and diva posturing ...

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Verdi’s Requiem, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano Tonight at The Birmingham Symphony Hall is the coming together of two great Italian musical forces, Giuseppe Verdi and conductor Sir Antonio Pappano with his Italian ensemble, although, strictly speaking, Sir Anthony was born in England to Italian parents. On the death of the 19th Century poet Manzoni, Verdi was inspired to write ...

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