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What’s In A Name – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Jamie Glover as Peter, Sarah Hadland as Elizabeth, Raymond Coulthard as Carl in Whats in a Name

Writer: Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière Adaptor and Director: Jeremy Sams Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight What’s In A Name? has it all: belly laughs, moments of great poignancy, characters one can really identify with. All the elements – razor-sharp wit in the writing of Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière, an adaptation from the original French by director ...

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Swan Lake – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Swan Lake from St Petersburg Ballet Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Marina Medvetskaya  Reviewer:  Natasha Hegarty Swan Lake is the absolute pinnacle of classical ballet - one of the most famous stories - and Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre brings it to a packed house in Northampton’s Royal and Derngate. This piece is performed in repertoire with The Nutcracker and is under the artistic direction of former prima ballerina, Marina ...

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Love – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Janet Etuk as Emma in LOVE

Writer and Director: Alexander Zeldin Reviewer:  George Atwell Gerhards Alexander Zeldin’s Love, which pitches its tent in Birmingham after a critically acclaimed short run in London, is about many things. It’s about temporary accommodation and the housing crisis. It’s about adjusting to the small things when you have the roof over your head taken away from you. But most significantly, ...

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Anton and Erin: Swingtime – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Anton and Erin in Swingtime

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer:  James Garrington Anyone who has ever watched the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will be familiar with the names of Erin Boag and Anton du Beke. Boag performed in the first ten series of the programme, and du Beke has been a permanent, and very popular, fixture through the entire run. With a title like Swing Time ...

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Made In India – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Ulrika Krishnamurti as Aditi in Made in India

Writer: Satinder Chohan Director: Katie Posner Reviewer:  Nicole Evans Made In India. A phrase we see on our clothing, our toys, our tea; so why not our babies? Setting out to explore the rights and wrongs of foreign surrogacy arrangements in India, Made In India asks this very question and portrays the story of three women; Eva, the child-seeking westerner, Dr ...

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I Used To Hear Footsteps – The Studio, Derby Theatre

Writer: Jack A. G. Britton Reviewer:  Hannah Powell A thought provoking show designed to make even the most sceptic spectator sit upright, I Used to Hear Footsteps tells the tale of writer and actor Jack Britton’s childhood home in Beeston, Nottingham, and the supernatural happenings surrounding it. The audience is invited to join Jack as he presents his findings in ...

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Lady Chatterley’s Lover – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Roman de Fruscan from the book by D. H.Lawrence Director: Tina Hofman Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Life certainly seems to have dealt Clifford, Lord Chatterley, a poor hand. Injured in the Great War, he has also lost his elder brother. His beautiful young wife has needs he feels he is unable to satisfy as a cripple. Desperate to ensure there ...

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Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games – New Theatre, Oxford

Choreographer: Michael Flatley Reviewer:  Bethaney Rimmer “If you believe in yourself and you are willing to work hard, then nothing is impossible” – a quote from Michael Flatley himself, who has indeed achieved incredible things. The original Lord of the Dance debuted in 1996 and has maintained its enormous popularity for almost twenty-one years, selling out arenas from Tokyo to ...

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