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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Derby Theatre

The cast of Sweeney Todd

Book:Hugh Wheeler Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director:Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Dave Smith If your taste in musicals runs to romance and happy endings, big dance numbers and show-stopping feelgood songs, then Stephen Sondheim’s blood-spattered show may not be to your taste. Not that there isn’t a love story at its heart; it’s just that it’s surrounded by grisly murder, rape, ...

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946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Hannah Powell A mesmerising tale following the adventures of a little twelve-year-old girl and her cat, Tips, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips is an explosion of physical theatre, dance, projection, puppetry and more. The classic Michael Morpurgo story is brought vividly to life transporting the audience to 1943 and the small ...

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Rocky Horror Show – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The Rocky Horror Show

Book, Music and Lyrics: Richard O'Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Clare White Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show has been entertaining audiences around the world for over 40 years. The cult rock and roll musical shows no sign of hanging up its stockings, as its latest touring incarnation bursts on stage at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham. Rocky Horror is a ...

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The Woman in Black – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre.

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty It’s one thing watching a horror film at home, but it’s quite another sitting in a darkened theatre with the action right in front of you that heightens all your senses. And the small and intimate Royal Theatre only adds to the creepy atmosphere. Marking ...

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Things I Know To Be True – Oxford Playhouse

Cast of Things I Know to be True

Writer:Andrew Bovell Directors:Geordie Brookman and Scott Graham Reviewer: Katy Roberts A collaboration between the State Theatre Company of South Australia and Frantic Assembly, Andrew Bovell's Things I Know To Be True invites us into the lives of a seemingly perfect family, who turn out to be anything but, with searing and devastating effect. First premiered in early 2016 in Adelaide, ...

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The Tempest – Birmingham Hippodrome

The Tempest_BRB, Prospero; Iain Mackay, Miranda; Jenna Roberts, Ferdinand; Joseph Caley, Ariel; Mathias Dingman, Trinculo; James Barton, Stephano; Valentin Olovyannikov, Caliban; Tyrone Singleton, Antonio; Domonic Antonucci, Juno; Delia Mathews, Ceres; Celine Gittens, Iris; Yvette Knight, Pan; Tzu_Chao Chou,

Choreographer:David Bintley Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Over 30 years in the making, Birmingham Royal Ballet premieres a new version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest400 years after his death. Choreographed by company director David Bintley and with an entirely original score by Sally Beamish, the production offers visual spectacle and superb dancing within a largely faithful adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play. Alonso, ...

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Darkness Darkness – Nottingham Playhouse

Jonathan Woolf and Simone Saunders. in Darkness Darkness

Writer: John Harvey Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Phil Lowe In a first time co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and New Perspectives, crime writer John Harvey takes his popular Detective Inspector Resnick from his novel Darkness Darkness and places him fair and square on the Nottingham Playhouse main stage in a dark, gripping and moody adaptation. This is the second play in ...

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Nuketown – Derby Theatre

Writer: Jack Dean Director: Tom Wright Reviewer: Hannah Powell An epic tale of love, action, imaginary locations, and above all… Lego. Nuketown is an incredibly innovative show from Bikeshed Theatre, combining classic storytelling with cinematographic devices. Writer Jack Dean enthrals his audience leading to a performance packed full of fun, taking even the most reluctant spectator back to their childhood ...

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