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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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Tap Factory – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Tap Factory dancers

Choreographer and Director:Vincent Pausanias Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is a style of theatrical performance that defies categorisation. Typified by the long-running West End showStomp, such shows are not quite dance shows, not quite musical performances – perhaps ‘choreographed percussion’ might be the closest one comes. And that’s the category to whichTap Factorymost closely aligns itself, using an industrial setting to ...

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The Perfect Murder – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

The Perfect Murder UK Tour - Shane Richie as Victor Smiley and Jessie Wallace as Joan Smiley

Writer: Peter James, adapted byShaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Nicole Evans Only starting life in paper form a mere six years ago, The Perfect Murder has already had huge success, both as a high flyer in the literary charts and as a play adaptation currently embarking on its second UK tour. Keeping the appeal of a repeat, but still ...

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The Government Inspector – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

The Government Inspector, Image by Robert Day Rebekah Hinds (Superintendent), Jean St Clair (Lyapkin-Tyapkin) and Sophie Stone (Postmaster)

Writer: NikolaiGogol, adapted by David Harrower Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: James Garrington   “More clouds of grey than any Russian play could guarantee.” Lyricist Ira Gershwin pretty much summed up the popular view of Russian drama when he wrote those words: dour, grey and downright depressing. Anyone who thinks that describes Russian theatre in its entirety, though, has clearly never ...

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Hamlet – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Hamlet at RST

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This is Denmark in name alone. Simon Godwin’s Hamlet, with Paapa Essiedu in the title role, relocates the rotten affairs of the Danish state to an unspecified West African court, where Claudius rules Elsinore like a military dictator and tribal symbolism is mixed with junta-like soldiery throughout. The shift is a ...

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Single Spies – Oxford Playhouse

Single Spies press image

Writer: Alan Bennett Director:Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Single Spies, Alan Bennett’s 1988 double bill about the Cambridge Spies in the years after their unmasking by the authorities, is an astoundingly accomplished piece of writing. The two plays – An Englishman Abroad and A Question Of Attribution – are treated conservatively and classily in this touring co-production from Chichester Festival ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Hobson's Choice - Gabrielle Dempsey (Vickey Hobson), Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), Florence Hall (Alice Hobson) -

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Dave Smith It’s 100 years since Harold Brighouse’s ever-popular Hobson’s Choice premiered in the UK, having surprisingly first been produced in New York a year earlier, and as director Jonathan Church departs the Chichester Festival Theatre after 10 years for his new role as Artistic Director for Sydney Theatre Company, he leaves us ...

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Brendan Cole: A Night to Remember – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: James Garrington Anyone who has watched Strictly Come Dancing will know of Brendan Cole – the bad boy of the programme, seeing how far he can bend the rules, but all in the cause of great choreography. What do the dancers do for the rest of the year, though? Well, in Cole’s case, he puts together a dance extravaganza ...

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