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Snow White – Oxford Playhouse

Snow White and the apple

Director and Choreographer: Liv Lorent Music: Murray Gold Reviewer:Katy Roberts The cautionary tale of Snow White is told anew in this new production from Newcastle contemporary dance company, balletLORENT. Reworked for the stage in a scenario written by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this is not your traditional sugar-coated, happily-ever-after. Duffy and director Liv Lorent look to the original ...

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Tom: A Story of Tom Jones – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Kit Orton 'Tom' and 'The Senators'. in Tom: A Story of Tom Jones

Writer: Mike Jame Director: Geinor Styles Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It’s not unusual for a pop act’s back catalogue to be plundered to create an biographical jukebox musical. The West End currently has three in play – Sunny Afternoon, Beautiful and Jersey Boys (four if you also count Motown, five with the non-narrative Thriller Live). So Theatr Na Nóg’s idea of ...

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King Lear – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Michael Pennington as Lear and Beth Cooke as Cordelia

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Claire Going   It is true to say that the ultimate success or failure of any performance of King Lear hangs precariously on the ability of one man: the one chosen to play the titular role. In this new production of Lear, we are not disappointed with recent Olivier award nominee, Michael Pennington, ...

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The Rotters’ Club – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Charlie Mills and Anna Bradley in The Rotters' Club at Birmingham REP

Writer: JonathanCoe, adapted by Richard Cameron Director: Gwenda Hughes Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Published in 2001, Jonathan Coe’s satirical novel, The Rotters’ Club, looks at life in the turbulent 1970s through the eyes of Ben Trotter and his friends, boys who attend the prestigious King William’s grammar school. All of its pupils have earned their places on merit; it provides a ...

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Annie – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

ANNIE - Jonny Fines as 'Rooster', Lesley Joseph as 'Miss Hannigan' and Djalenga Scott as 'Lily'.

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Carol Lovatt For a night of sheer uplifting theatre, Annie the musical is a production that warms both the heart and soul of an audience. The story of a feisty little abandoned girl who is determined to find her parents and escape the hard life of an ...

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Toast – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Toast production photos. Matt Sutton (Peter), Matthew Kelly (Nellie)

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: James Garrington Playwright Richard Bean is probably best known for his more recent work, most notably One Man, Two Guv’nors as well as Great Britain and the book for the musical version of Made in Dagenham – work which is high slapstick humour, sharp satire, or well-observed with fully-developed characters. Much earlier in ...

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Die Fledermaus – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Die Fledermaus

Music: Johan Strauss II Libretto: C. Huffier and Richard Genee, translated by Ruth and Thomas Martin Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Vasyl Vasylenko Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Strauss’s light operetta Die Fledermaus is widely regarded as one of the finest comedic works in the operatic canon. The setup, which engineers all the principal characters introduced in Act I into attending the same ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet 's Romeo and Juliet

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan Reviewer: Laura Bateman Romeo and Juliet is one of the most celebrated ballets in the modern repertoire. Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan for The Royal Ballet, it premiered in 1965 with Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in the title roles. It has since become a staple of both The Royal Ballet’s and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ...

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