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Chicago – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Sophie Carmen-Jones as Velma in Chicago

Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Imagine a world in which the usual rules are turned on their head, in which ordinary people can be catapulted to celebrity status for, at best, dubious reasons, in which the masses are in thrall to the cult of celebrity thanks to the ...

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The Bootleg Beatles – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The Bootleg Beatles

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt For any Beatles fan who laments the fact that they never got to see the band perform, a night with the Bootleg Beatles is a high-quality substitute which should not disappoint.  Currently on tour internationally and this time at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Bootleg Beatles are a group of passionate musicians who create an authentic and ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Derby Theatre

The cast of Alice in Wonderland

Writer: Mike Kenny after the book by Lewis Carroll Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: Dave Smith With a more traditional panto taking place across the city at Derby Arena for the Christmas season, Derby Theatre has instead opted for an adaptation of one of our best-loved children’s stories, Alice in Wonderland (with Tweedledum and Tweedledee sneaking in from Through the Looking ...

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Peter and the Starcatcher – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher

Writer: Rick Elice Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up – the lost boys, battles with pirates, and the children who fly with him to Neverland. What happened before the book, though? How did the boys get there, why don’t they grow up? Peter and the Starcatcher promises to ...

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Grease – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Jessica Paul as Sandy Dumbrowski with the Pink Ladies in Grease

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman The 1978 film of Grease is one of the most-loved movie musicals of all time, but its inspiration, the 1971 Broadway show, is a lesser-known predecessor. Revived by Nikolai Foster for a Christmas season at Curve, the show is taken back to its original Broadway roots, ...

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The Woman in Black – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre.

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Originally conceived as a cheap Christmas ghost story for Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre, The Woman in Black's low-budget staging moved into the West End in 1989 and has remained at the Fortune Theatre ever since, becoming one of London's longest running plays. Its touring equivalent suffers ...

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Treasure Island – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Some of the company of Treasure Island

Writer: Bryony Lavery, from the book by Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As Robert Louis Stevenson said of Treasure Island, “it [is] a story for boys … women were excluded”, and its cast of characters certainly bears that out. But history also tells us that 18th-century women did do physical work and were even pirates. It ...

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Rules for Living – Guild of Students, Birmingham University

Writer: Sam Holcroft Director: Will Jackson Reviewer: James Garrington We all have rules by which we live our lives. Rules to help us get by, to avoid upsetting those we care about, to keep us out of trouble. What happens, though, if a situation becomes so intense that everyone’s rules start getting battered and breaking as they are taken to ...

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