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King Lear – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Don Warrington as King Lear

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: James Garrington This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and so it is almost inevitable that his works will be seen even more than usual. In particular, there seem to be an awful lot of Lears about, and alongside this production,there is another currently doing the rounds until the summer, closely ...

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Jackie the Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The cast of Jackie the Musical

Book: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: Hannah Powell Jackie The Musical is an explosion of colour, sights, and sounds thrown onto the stage in a way that’s pure seventies. It incorporates popular songs such as 20th Century Boy and Enough is Enough into a love story we can all relate to, and entices audience members to get up and ...

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Soul – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Soul - Nathan Ives-Moiba (Marvin) and Abiona Omonua (Tammi)

Writer: Roy Williams Director: James Dacre Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Soul, the new play from Bafta award-winning playwright Roy Williams, is subtitled “the untold story of Marvin Gaye” – largely eschewing his music in pursuit of a fierce and tragic family drama. Now, it is up for contention to what extent the peculiar circumstances surrounding Gaye’s death remain ‘untold’ however ...

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Chicago – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Nicole Evans Starting life as a play written by a mature student's experiences as a big-shot lawyer, Kander and Ebb's Chicago has been marking its criminal territory on stages worldwide for over 40 years and shows no sign of locking itself away. Portraying the ...

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Clybourne Park – Oxford Playhouse

The Cast of Clybourne Park

Writer: Bruce Norris Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Fergus Morgan As one member of the audience pointed out in a lively post-show discussion following this performance of Clybourne Park at the Oxford Playhouse, Lorraine Hansberry is enjoying something of a purple patch in British theatre right now. A completed Les Blancs is playing to huge acclaim at the National, Eclipse Theatre’s ...

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Invincible – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Invincible - Graeme Brookes, Kerry Bennett, Alastair Whatley - (c) Jack Ladenburg

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Christopher Harper Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? The Original Theatre Company seeks to look at that question in Invincible. Take Emily, our irresistible force. She has enjoyed all the benefits of being well-off and middle-class. She is able to indulge her passion for painting and her extreme left-wing ...

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Made Up – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Alexis Tuttle as Sue and Emily Holyoake as Kate in Made Up

Director and writer: James Yarker Reviewer: James Garrington Stan’s Cafe has never been a company content with producing mundane or obvious theatre: and their latest piece, Made Up, fits the same mould. The piece is set in the make-up room of a film set, where young film star Kate (Emily Holyoake) is being made up. She is insecure and scared. ...

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Avenue Q – Milton Keynes Theatre

Sarah Harlington (Kate) and Richard Lowe (Princeton) in Avenue Q 2016 UK Tour

Book: Jeff Whitty Music/Lyrics:Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer:Maggie Constable After five very successful years in London’s theatreland, Avenue Q has once again ‘hit the road, Jack’, arriving in Milton Keynes today. This part human and part puppet musical romp has won none other than the Tony Awards ‘Triple Crown’ among many other accolades and has become ...

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