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Burt Bacharach – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Burt Bacharach seems to have been a musical presence forever, and his music will have provided the soundtrack to many growing up in the sixties and seventies. Now, nearer ninety than eighty himself, he continues to tour with a talented seven piece band and three vocalists giving the people of Birmingham their first chance to hear his ...

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Norsesome – mac, Birmingham

Writers: Paul O’Mahony and Mike Tweddle Music and lyrics: Rob Castell and Paul O’Mahony Director: Mike Tweddle Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Having had runaway success with Unmythable, a romp through Greek mythology, Temple Theatre return with Norsesome, a new production that premiered at mac Birmingham before touring. The three man cast take the audience through Norse legend, with the Norse pantheon ...

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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramids – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Gregoire Dey and Remy Caccia Director: Paul Mills Reviewer: Nicole Evans Scooby-Doo has been entertaining young audiences since 1969 when the cartoon first appeared on television screens. After several successful runs, a feature film or two and continuing global success across generations, stage shows were an obvious next step for Warner Bros and Scooby-Doo Live was born. It returns ...

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Annie Get Your Gun – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Herbert and Dorothy Fields, and Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin. Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Pete Benson The original 1946 production of Annie Get Your Gun was created by some of the most iconic names from the American musical genre with songs by Irving Berlin, a book by Dorothy and Frank Fields and produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein. ...

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Antigone – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: E F Watling translated from Sophocles Director: Trudy A Bell Reviewer: Kevin Evans Beginning a review of Antigone by writing it was all Greek to me would be clichéd, and in the case of the Royal and Derngate Actors Company’s production also irrelevant as this is a clear, modern, indeed futuristic version of the ancient story. Antigone was written ...

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Simply Soweto Encha – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Reviewer: Nicole Evans "Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes". This is the Mandela Day campaign message and to mark the day this year, and performing as part of the Birmingham Fest at The Old Joint Stock, Simply Soweto Encha are offering 67 minutes of good sounds as their ...

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The Time Machine – Derby Guildhall

Writer: H.G. Wells Adapter and Director: Robert Lloyd Parry Reviewer: Phil Lowe The Time Machine written by H.G. Wells has been adapted for a solo performer on the stage by Robert Lloyd Parry. It is a gripping piece of solo theatre right from the very start and a masterful verbal and physical performance by Parry throughout. He and his time ...

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Carmilla – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: David Campton Director: Ian Dickens Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Carmilla is the third play that Ian Dickens Plays is producing in repertory this year. This gothic offering is a nod to the current trend for vampire stories, however the difference is that the book by Sheridan Le Fanu on which it’s based predates Bram Stoker’s Dracula by over twenty years, ...

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