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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Kevin Evans First performed in 1955 and prestigious winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, is widely regarded as Tennessee Williams’ finest play; indeed many might say it is one of the best of the 20th Century. It tells the story of the strife within a Mississippi ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company – Royal & Derngate, Northampton.

  Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Richard Alston’s classic-contemporary style, using music as driving force for movement in his choreography, is always exciting to watch. As one of the UK’s most celebrated choreographers, he began his career training at London School of Contemporary Dance and finally in 1994 he took up residency at The Place where he formed Richard Alston Dance Company. ...

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In Time O’ Strife – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Joe Corrie Director: Graham McLaren Reviewer: Fergus Morgan With the recent prominence of Scotland and its referendum on independence in the public consciousness, one feels the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of Joe Corrie’s In Time O’ Strife, adapted and directed by Graham McLaren, could have attained a rare topical relevance, with a stirring representation of humble miners from ...

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Kerry Ellis – The Curve, Leicester

Reviewer: James Garrington When many people think of Kerry Ellis, the first show that comes to their mind is Wicked. After all, this was the show that changed her career when in 2007 she was the first British Elphaba in the West End, and went on to play the same rôle on Broadway to much acclaim. Not only that, but ...

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Dirty Dancing – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s 1963 and the world stands on the brink of a new age. It’s an exciting time with momentous events afoot. As the well-meaning, if naïve, Baby Houseman reminds us at the beginning of the show, it was the year President Kennedy got shot, before the Beatles arrived in the states, ...

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Blockbuster The Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music &Lyrics: Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman Book: David Soames Director: Paul Nicholas Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can see why, in an age of increasing uncertainty, theatre producers might turn to the juke box musical. The target audience is already familiar with the songs, and if you can get a big enough star to front it, you have a ready-made ...

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The Mousetrap – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt Smith Reviewer: Jennie Philpot Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is known the world over. From a play studied in many a school classroom to becoming the world’s longest running stage production; since 1952 this classic ‘whodunit’ has perplexed many a would-be detective! When Mollie Ralston (played wonderfully by Helen Clapp) and her husband decide to ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Richard Bean Director &Choreographer: Adam Penford Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors is pantomime for adults, with plenty of farce, slapstick, confusion, and laugh out loud comedy that’ll have you exiting the theatre with a huge grin on your face and a new appreciation for over the ...

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