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Chris Martin – This Show Has a Soundtrack, mac Birmingham

Chris Martin, This Show has a Soundtrack

Writer: Chris Martin Reviewer: Gemma Corden There's a distinct buzz around Chris Martin. The young Londoner's 2011 Edinburgh Fringe debut was a sell-out and, after supporting the likes of Milton Jones and Russell Kane, he took to the road last year with his first UK tour. That buzz has travelled to mac's atmospherically compact Hexagon theatre. The premise for tonight's ...

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Friday Night Classics: Rodgers & Hammerstein – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Friday Night Classics from CBSO

Conductor: Martin Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The latest in the series of evenings light classical music from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) celebrates the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Between 1943 and 1959, they dominated musical theatre in America. Tonight’s concert takes music from seven, including their five most successful: Oklahoma! Carousel, South Pacific, The King and ...

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Single Spies – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: James Garrington   Those who lived through the Cold War will no doubt remember the shock of hearing about the so-called Cambridge Ring, a group of Soviet agents buried deep within the British establishment – the public exposure of first two, then a third, and later a fourth, and the question: “how many ...

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Ashton Double Bill – Birmingham Hippodrome

The Dream - Oberon and Titania from Ashton's Double Bill.jpg

Music: Felix Mendelssohn and Frederick Chopin Choreographer: Frederick Ashton Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman   The repertoire of Frederick Ashton is one of the most revered in British ballet. Widely credited as the creator of a specifically ‘English’ genre of ballet, Ashton became director of The Royal Ballet in 1963 and presided over one of the company’s golden ages. In the ...

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Toast – Oxford Playhouse


Writer: Richard Bean Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Snapdragon’s touring revival of Richard Bean’s first stage play, Toast, is the chance to relive the early footsteps of one of Britain’s most celebrated dramatists. Bean has been a phenomenally successful playwright in recent years, with the National’s productions of One Man, Two Guvnors and Great Britain both garnering awards and ...

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Gangsta Granny – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Gangsta Granny Production Image

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor and Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Nicole Evans Renowned for their grisly escapades of Horrible Histories and their enchanting interpretations of Dahl's classics, The Birmingham Stage Company is an obvious company to take on the challenge of bringing a David Walliams book to the stage. Ben’s Granny is boring. Really boring. Like, super boring! His pleas for ...

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Chicago – New Theatre, Oxford

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Lyrics: Fred Ebb Music: John Kander Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Chicago. The late 1920s. A city overrun with waist-coated gangsters, sleazy lawyers, and dolled-up dancing girls in short, sparkling dresses. A city in which every guy speaks out of the corner of his mouth and all the women blow seductive kisses ...

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Derren Brown: Miracle – Milton Keynes Theatre

Derren Brown in Miracle

Writers: Derren Brown, Andy Nyman and Andrew O’Connor Directors: Andy Nyman and Andrew O’Connor Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Derren Brown: Illusionist, mind-reader, hypnotist and showman extraordinaire. The magician’s latest spectacle is Miracle, which explores just that. There are miracles in everything – we’re miracles – and he certainly performs them. As ever, he requests that those who have seen the show ...

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