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The RAF in Concert, 2014 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The RAF Concert Tour is something of an institution, featuring musicians and singers from the RAF and, this year, paying tribute to the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team, The Red Arrows. As the players take their place on stage in dress uniform in RAF blue, one might be forgiven for expecting ...

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Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Alexander Wright Director: Tom Beccenby Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Eighty people gather in the upper room of the Old Joint Stock Theatre for a lecture on that most famous of detectives, Sherlock Holmes. It is now three years since his untimely death at the Reichenbach Falls. Our lecturer for this evening is one Professor Selohm Söcklehr, of York University. Söcklehr ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing) – The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: James Garrington Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Gregory Doran. tells us in the programme notes that he has long held the opinion that Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing belong together. At the end of Love’s Labour’s Lost two of the lovers, Berowne and Rosaline, are unable to be ...

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Three Men in a Boat- The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Jerome K Jerome Director: Craig Gilbert Reviewer: Nicole Evans Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat tells the story of, well, three men in a boat actually. More specifically though, it tells the story of three friends, J, Harris and George and an imaginary dog who decide to embark on a boating holiday from Kingston to Oxford on ...

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Of Mice and Men – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Roxanna Silbert Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One of the great classics of American 20th Century literature, Of Mice and Men takes an uncompromising look at how ordinary men tried to keep the wolf from the door in the Great Depression. Men would wander the country looking for work, living solitary lives of quiet desperation. Loneliness is very ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird – The Curve, Leicester

Writer: Harper Lee Adaptor: Christopher Sergel Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: James Garrington There is an old theatrical saying that you should never work with children or animals. It is perhaps just as well that everyone involved in this deep and soulful adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel chose to ignore that advice, for the children are one of the many ...

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Behind the Blinds – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Music &Lyrics: Richard Watson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Richard has a curious hobby. He gets to know his neighbours well, imagines what their private lives must be like and then writes songs about them. In Behind the Blinds from Serrated Edge Theatre, which was set up in 2013 specifically to showcase Richard Watson's songwriting talents, the audience plays the rôle of ...

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Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: John Hinton Director: Daniel Goldman Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There can’t be many theatre productions that are peer reviewed by physicists; there’s at least one: Albert Einstein: Relativitively Speaking from Tangram Theatre. John Hinton plays Albert Einstein, ostensibly giving a lecture on his appointment to the Institute of Advanced Study in 1933 after Einstein was forced to leave Germany following ...

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