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Priscilla Queen of The Desert – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Go West - Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical

Director: Simon Phillips Book: Stephen Elliott & Allan Scott Reviewer: Phil Lowe Priscilla Queen Of The Desert – the musical, is allegedly one of the most popular touring shows around and it returns once again to Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall culminating in a standing ovation tonight for the gloriously OTT finale. The jukebox musical is directed by Simon Phillips and ...

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Black Dyke Band – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Black Dyke Band 2015 with trophies

Music Director: Nicholas Childs Reviewer: James Garrington Whether or not you have an interest in brass band music, you surely will have heard of Black Dyke Band, probably one of the most famous and most recognised names in the world of brass. They have a long and successful history: founded in 1833, during the past 180 years they have made ...

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Abuelo – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Amahra Spence in Abuelo at Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Writer: Amahra Spence Director: Daniel Bailey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Abuelo is Grandfather in Spanish and reflects the inspiration for the play, a highly personal exploration by writer and performer Amahra Spence. Spence’s grandfather is, she tellsus, a natural storyteller and she shares some of his stories in a rich Caribbean patois that is, for some audience members, almost impenetrable at ...

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Giselle – The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

A scene from Giselle from Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet

Writer: Adolphe Adam Director: Marina Medvetskaya Conductor: Vadim Perevoznikov Reviewer: Nicole Evans   Often billed as one of the few remaining Romantic ballets to survive intact, Giselle tells the somewhat tragic story of a German peasant girl who falls in love with a duke who has chosen to disguise not only his wealthbut also the fact he is betrothed to ...

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The 39 Steps – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Director: Maria Aitken Writer: Patrick Barlow, adapted from the book by John Buchan Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty   Following the massively successful West End run, The 39 Steps is now embarking on a UK tour. The story tells the tale of Richard Hannay and his pencil moustache, who tells the audience he’s rather bored with life and fancies a bit of ...

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CBSO: Henry V – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Henry V - CBSO

Conductor: Edward Gardner Reviewer: Sam Chipman This year is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare: the world renowned bard of Stratford-upon-Avon. Even centuries after his death his plays are performed, readand studied ceaselessly around the globe – a testament to his genius. Music features prominently in Shakespeare’s playsand this concert features work that has been inspired by ...

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The Glenn Miller Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The Glenn Miller Orchestra with Ray McVay

Conductor: Ray McVay Reviewer: James Garrington   In December 1944, a small aircraft disappeared over the English Channel. On board was renowned band leader Major Glenn Miller. Fortunately, his music did not disappear with him, and 70 years on, there are still tribute bands keeping the tradition alive. Very popular music it is, too – to fill Birmingham’s Symphony Hall ...

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The Sound of Musicals – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Tim Howar, Kerry Ellis, Summer Strallen and Graham Bickley in The Sound of Musicals

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   How do you lift yourself from the torpor that descends in those few days between Christmas and New Year? Well, one way is to descend on Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and spend an evening in the company of singers with superb musical theatre pedigrees as they entertain you with a selection of songs from ...

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