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Made Up – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Alexis Tuttle as Sue and Emily Holyoake as Kate in Made Up

Director and writer: James Yarker Reviewer: James Garrington Stan’s Cafe has never been a company content with producing mundane or obvious theatre: and their latest piece, Made Up, fits the same mould. The piece is set in the make-up room of a film set, where young film star Kate (Emily Holyoake) is being made up. She is insecure and scared. ...

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Avenue Q – Milton Keynes Theatre

Sarah Harlington (Kate) and Richard Lowe (Princeton) in Avenue Q 2016 UK Tour

Book: Jeff Whitty Music/Lyrics:Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer:Maggie Constable After five very successful years in London’s theatreland, Avenue Q has once again ‘hit the road, Jack’, arriving in Milton Keynes today. This part human and part puppet musical romp has won none other than the Tony Awards ‘Triple Crown’ among many other accolades and has become ...

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Friday Night Classics: Ben-Hur – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Publicity photo featuring Francis X Bushman and Ramon Novarro

Composer and Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) plays light classics every month or so with a variety of themes and conductors. This month it is the turn of Carl Davis to conduct his score to the 1925 silent film, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, directed by Fred Niblo. Davis has ...

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A Raisin In The Sun – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director:John Retallack Reviewer: Fergus Morgan With Bruce Norris’ acclaimed Clybourne Park arriving at the Oxford Playhouse next week, it seems only appropriate to treat dedicated theatre-goers to a staged reading of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun, the 1959 play upon which Clybourne Park is based, a few days before. Produced in association with Oxford’s Ruskin ...

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Woody Sez – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

The cast of Woody Sez

Writers: David M Lutken and Nick Corley Director: Nick Corley Reviewer: Scott Matthewman The latest in a long line of musicals that tell a story of a performer through their music, Woody Sez celebrates the life of American folk legend Woody Guthrie. Growing up in the dust bowls of Oklahoma, Guthrie experienced first hand the realities of life during America’s ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – New Theatre, Nottingham

New Theatre Nottingham's production of The Importance of Being Earnest

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Nathan Perry Reviewer: Dave Smith The Importance of Being Earnest is the perhaps the ultimate in comfort theatre. Brilliantly written, with more quotable lines than just about any play outside of Shakespeare, it’s familiar, smart, funny and rewarding in equal measure. For those staging it, it’s probably also the safest of safe bets – almost impossible ...

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American Idiot – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Cast of the 2016 UK Touring Cast of American Idiot

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: James Garrington There is a saying that you should hit the audience right between the eyes when the curtain goes up, and American Idiot certainly follows that advice. Following a few quiet moments of video setting the scene, a cloth is pulled ...

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Cymbeline – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Hiram Abeysekera and Bethan Cullinane as Posthumous and Innogen

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Melly Still Reviewer: James Garrington Cymbeline is one of the less well-known of Shakespeare’s playsand is performed far less often than some of the more popular pieces. In fact, the last time it was performed at the RSC was 10 years ago – and even then it wasn’t the RSC themselves that put it on. Judging ...

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