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Antony and Cleopatra – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon

Josette Simon as Cleopatra and Antony Byrne as Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Iqbal Khan Reviewer:  Cath Lyon From the powerhouse of Shakespeare, comes a powerhouse of a Shakespeare production. Antony and Cleopatra at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford is epic; powerful performances and eerily classic music are set against a simultaneously austere and regal set design that transports the audience seamlessly between chambers of Egypt and the ...

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Pink Mist – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

cast pink mist traverse theatre

Writer: Owen Sheers Directors: John Retallack and George Mann Reviewer:  John Kennedy Euphemisms used in modern warfare remain morally, not least mortally, ambiguous. ‘Friendly fire/collateral damage/blue on blue’ all deflect the realities of how both soldiers and civilians become explainable tactical and strategic statistics. In platform Gaming, ‘Pink Mist’ describes the score-count rewarding impact and exit of a high-velocity bullet ...

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Ordinary Days – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

The cast of Ordinary Days: Lisa MacGregor, Duncan Burt, James Edge, Alicia Barban

Music and Lyrics: Adam Gwon Director: Karl Steele Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Claire and Jason are a couple trying to work out how to live together but pulling in different directions. Jason is intoxicated with his love for her; she is inexplicably more resistant. Deb has drifted into graduate school and - horror of horrors - has somehow lost her notes ...

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One Love: The Bob Marley Musical – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Mitchell Brunings (Bob Marley) in One Love - The Bob Marley Musical

Music and Lyrics: Bob Marley Book and Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah Reviewer:  James Garrington There’s something hugely addictive about Bob Marley’s music, and there’s plenty of it to listen to at the REP with this show running. The title says it all – One Love: The Bob Marley Musical. This is the story of a part of the singer’s life, from his start ...

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An Evening With An Immigrant – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: Inua Ellams Reviewer:  Daljinder Johal It's hard to tell whether Inua Ellams uses his voice or his hands the most evocatively to weave images of his “idyllic” childhood in Nigeria, displacement between Dublin and London, immigration struggles and profound familial love. Born to a Muslim father and Christian mother in a part of Nigeria that is now considered to be ...

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Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Formed nearly 50 years ago by Jon Anderson and Chris Squire, Yes is known for its extravagant performances, elliptic lyrics and convoluted music. And, of course, the many changes in line-ups as members came and went over the years. Anderson, together with long-standing ex-band members Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin, formed ARW and they are now touring, ...

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Nigel Kennedy & Friends – A Gala Celebration – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  John Kennedy The Yehudi Menuhin nurtured child prodigy, later to let loose a panther among the San Marco Square pigeons with his resin melting, 1989 released pyrotechnic take on Vivaldi's Four Seasons, is an unbelievable 61 years young this year. Will he dabble in some Doors? Been there. Let loose some crucial Jimi Hendrix licks? Likewise. It's his party ...

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