Home / Central Reviewspage 3

Central Reviews

Company Tickets starring Patti Lupone

Brief Encounter – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Noël Coward, adapted by Emma Rice Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Selwyn Knight David Lean’s 1945 film, Brief Encounter, scripted by Nöel Coward, is often towards the top of Best Films of … lists, and deservedly so. The combination of the story of two people trapped in their predictable middle-class lives who glimpse a possible escape caught the imagination of ...

Read More »

Hedda Gabler – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Dave Smith Barely home from her honeymoon with her new husband George Tesman – a steady but distinctly average academic - and Hedda is already bored to death with a marriage she wasn’t that enthusiastic about in the first place. When George’s former academic rival and now recovered ...

Read More »

The Play That Goes Wrong – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is unusual enough for a fringe hit to transfer from an above-the-pub theatre to the West End. Far more exceptional for that production to go on to win an Olivier award, transfer to Broadway, inspire two stage spin-offs, two BBC specials and show no signs of ...

Read More »

Of Mice and Men – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Maggie Constable One of the most powerful pieces of story-telling in American literature, John Steinbeck’s 1937 classic Of Mice and Men has begun its week-long run at the Royal and Derngate. It was made famous by the iconic film of the 30s and then again in the 1992 movie starring John Malkovich. It ...

Read More »

Penguins – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Three dancers dressed as penguins step out

Choreographer: Carlos Pons Guerra Director: Paul Bosco McEneany Reviewer: John Kennedy Penguins is based on the true story of two male Chinstrap penguins at Central Park Zoo, New York, who, for gender confusions too complicated to contemplate, attempt to hatch a chick from a lump of rock. Good luck to the infant school teachers explaining that one to their delightful ...

Read More »

Graham Fellows: Completely Out of Character – mac, Birmingham

Reviewer: John Kennedy Graham Fellows’ best-loved alter-ego ‘domestic philosopher’ John Shuttleworth, the Sheffield based aspirational local radio DJ/singer-songwriter, occupies the greyer frequency on the OCD spectrum. His cult status as an astute chronicler of life’s vicissitudes reached its zenith with the inspired refrain ‘Two margarines on the go/It’s a nightmare scenario.’ Sung to a Yamaha keyboard, this kitchen-based perishable goods hiatus ...

Read More »

The Late Marilyn Monroe – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

A blonde is in bed holding a phone

Writer and director: Darren Haywood Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There are few undisputed facts about the death of Marilyn Monroe: it took place on Saturday, 4 August, 1962 at her home; present in the house was her housekeeper, Eunice Murray; prior to her death she had had her friend, Pat Newcomb staying as a house guest and had a home visit ...

Read More »

Strangers on a Train – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

two men talking at a bar

Writer: Craig Warner, based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: James Garrington Two men meet by chance on a train crossing America. They share a few drinks, they tell each other about themselves, their ambitions and their problems – and an idea emerges, one which will change both of their lives forever. Anyone who has read ...

Read More »