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The Husbands – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Sharmila Chauhan Director: Janet Steel Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards The Husbands, a new play by Sharmila Chauhan, has at its core a brilliantly bizarre and interesting premise. Chauhan takes a refreshing risk in creating a whole fictional community for her drama to take place in; but it certainly does pay dividends as what enfolds is uniquely fascinating. The Husbands ...

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Moon on a Rainbow Shawl – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Errol John Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: James Garrington Moon on a Rainbow Shawl was written during the late 1950s, and – although set in the Caribbean – it shares some of its style with the so-called ‘kitchen-sink’ dramas that were being produced by British playwrights at around that time. Despite having a promising pedigree, winning a play competition in ...

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Some Girl I Used to Know – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Terry Ronald and Denise van Outen Director: Michael Howcroft Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Stephanie Canworth has it all. A highly successful designer of luxury lingerie, she stays in plush hotels, her life full of parties and champagne. But does she really have it all? She is being pursued by gossip columnists and the absence of her usually supportive husband at ...

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The Odyssey – Derby Theatre

Writer: Mike Kenny Music: Ivan Stott Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Homer’s Odyssey is one of the great adventures in literature and Sarah Brigham’s theatrical interpretation does not disappoint. In a new version by Mike Kenny, The Odyssey charts the epic voyage of one man’s 20 year journey to return to his home of Ithica and his faithful wife ...

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Some Girl I Used to Know, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Terry Ronald, Denise Van Outen Director: Michael Howcroft Reviewer: Pete Benson One woman, one script and a handful of songs from the later part of the last century. Can this all add up to an evening’s entertainment at the theatre? For the most part it can. The woman in question is Denise Van Outen, a well-known television presenter who ...

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Farcicals – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer and Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Selwyn Knight On tour this year is The Ayckbourn Ensemble, consisting of three separate shows with interlocking casts. Two are full length plays – a revival of his 1992 play, Time Of My Life, and a new play, Arrivals &Departures, - and the third consists of two one act farces to be presented together ...

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The Comedy of Errors – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Nicole Evans The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays and his shortest ever written. A farce by name and nature, it is renowned for its slapstick humour, ridiculous antics and clever word play. Propeller, whose aim is to give audiences the chance to ‘rediscover Shakespeare’, bring their interpretation of the ...

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West Side Story – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Music: Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Pete Benson Probably the best musical ever written; West Side Story. An iconic musical with a huge weight of history bearing down on it. Not least because of the artistic giants that created it, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and choreographer Jerome Robbins who arguably between them reinvented ...

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