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Darkness Darkness – Nottingham Playhouse

Jonathan Woolf and Simone Saunders. in Darkness Darkness

Writer: John Harvey Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Phil Lowe In a first time co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and New Perspectives, crime writer John Harvey takes his popular Detective Inspector Resnick from his novel Darkness Darkness and places him fair and square on the Nottingham Playhouse main stage in a dark, gripping and moody adaptation. This is the second play in ...

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Nuketown – Derby Theatre

Writer: Jack Dean Director: Tom Wright Reviewer: Hannah Powell An epic tale of love, action, imaginary locations, and above all… Lego. Nuketown is an incredibly innovative show from Bikeshed Theatre, combining classic storytelling with cinematographic devices. Writer Jack Dean enthrals his audience leading to a performance packed full of fun, taking even the most reluctant spectator back to their childhood ...

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Night Must Fall – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The scene is Forest Corner, an isolated bungalow in the forest belonging to the selfish, overbearing and thoroughly unpleasant Mrs Bramson. In Forest Corner, we find a small household in which the niceties of life in the 1930s are played out, but one is immediately aware that civilisation here is the ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Aylesbury Waterside

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music and Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Pete Benson Ray Davies certainly wears his heart on his sleeve in this musical that tells the early history of his band, The Kinks. As well as being an icon of early Brit-Pop, Davies has some previous form as a writer of theatre musicals too and it shows. ...

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Notes from a Small Island – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael Seal This season the theme from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is The Spirit of England and over the season they will be celebrating music written in England, about England or inspired by England. Notes from a Small Island, programmed and presented by Catherine Arlidge (whose day job is as a violinist in the orchestra), is ...

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Dial M for Murder – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Richard Buck, Jefferson Bond and Emily Jane Brooks in Dial M for Murder at Blue Orange Theatre Birmingham

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Ian Craddock Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Tony Wendice might well muse that, in the words of Rabbie Burns, “The best laid schemes o’ mice and men Gang aft a-gley”. After spending months scheming to get an old university pal to agree to murder Wendice’s wife, Margot, in the perfect murder, he has all bases covered. He has ...

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This Might Hurt – Derby Theatre

osie Morley and Rob Angell in This Might Hurt

Writer and Director: John Godber Reviewer: Hannah Powell This Might Hurt is a beautifully written piece of theatre that puts the NHS under some serious scrutiny. With his plays constantly being performed all over the world, John Godber has earned the right to be considered one of the most performed writers in the English Language. This Might Hurt is produced ...

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Dead Sheep – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Steve Nallon in Dead Sheep

Writer: Jonathan Maitland Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: James Garrington Every leader – political or otherwise – should be afraid of their Geoffrey. The Geoffrey in question is Geoffrey Howe, one time Chancellor and Foreign Secretary, and staunch supporter of Margaret Thatcher. Never a political firebrand, and an uneasy speaker, he was a politician who lacked the charisma ever to catch ...

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