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Roll Over Beethoven – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Matt Devitt (The Ghost) and Michael Fletcher (Johnny Hamlet) in Roll Over Beethoven

Book, music and lyrics: Bob Eaton Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s hard to categorise Roll Over Beethoven. Billed as a high-energy new musical telling the story of a Britain in flux between the dreary post-war days and the explosion of American Rock ‘n’ Roll, it also steals much of its storyline from Hamlet – helpfully naming characters Johnny ...

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Sunny Afternoon – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music and Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer:Selwyn Knight The Kinks – 60s pop sensation with a quintessentially British sound, formed from two brothers and some mates from Muswell Hill. Ray Davies’ quirky and intelligent lyrics were quite different to anything else that was around at that time, while the guitar playing of his brother, Dave, ...

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Keep Dancing – Milton Keynes Theatre

Keep Dancing publicity shot

Director: Emma Rogers Choreographers: Emma Rogers and Innis Robertson King Reviewer: Maggie Constable With this year’s Strictly madness imminent on our TVs, what could be nicer than a reminder of last year’s series. Best to cha-cha-cha down to Milton Keynes theatre for Keep Dancing, a sizzling and dynamic piece showcasing all our favourite styles of dance from Tango to Rumba ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Milton Keynes Theatre

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music and Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Maggie Constable When the weather is as glorious as it has been in Milton Keynes this week, there is no better way to hold on to that summer feeling than to head down to the theatre for Sunny Afternoon and hear iconic numbers such as Waterloo Sunset, Lola, ...

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Grease the Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The cast of Grease from the Stage Experience production at the New Alexandra Theatre

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: Pollyann Tanner Reviewer:Selwyn Knight Grease, despite some dubious messages in which at least one character gives in to peer pressure to become someone she is not rather than remain true to the character we have seen throughout the show, regularly tops polls as people's favourite musical, and it's easy to ...

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Peter Pan in Scarlet – Oxford Playhouse

Peter Pan hanging in the air

Writer: Geraldine McCaughrean Adaptor/Director: Theresa Heskins Music: James Atherton Reviewer:Katy Roberts As Oxford Playhouse's inaugural production, in collaboration with the New Vic Theatre, and after a refurbishment project spanning a total of three years costing £800,000, Peter Pan in Scarlet is the perfect show to fill this exciting and fresh new space. The show is adapted for the stage by ...

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Arsenic and Old Lace – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Arsenic and Old Lace - TAB productions

Writer: Joseph Kesselring Director:John Goodrum Reviewer: Dave Smith TABS Productions returns to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal for their annual four-week summer thriller season, this year kicking off with Joseph Kesselring’s 1941 black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. Although a very successful stage show in its own right, it will be familiar to most for Frank Capra’s 1944 film adaptation, starring Cary ...

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