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Robin Cousin’s Ice – Milton Keynes Theatre

Creator &Choreographer: Robin Cousins Reviewer: Maggie Constable Three decades on from his Electric Ice, Olympic skating champion and chief judge on the much-loved show, Dancing on Ice, Robin Cousins, has personally selected 14 world-class ice skaters from all compass points for his amazing new show Ice at Milton Keynes this week. This is no typical ice show but it is, ...

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Brassed Off – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Paul Allen, based on the screenplay by Mark Herman Director: Damian Cruden Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s 1996 – twelve years since the miners’ strike of 1984 – and Grimley Colliery is again under threat. Despite the pit being demonstrably profitable and viable, the miners have been made, on the face of it, a very generous offer if they accept ...

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Jane Eyre – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Writer: Bryony J. Thompson, from the book by Charlotte Bronte Director: Bryony J. Thompson Reviewer: Rosella Barnes We’ve all had it. That debate about seeing an adaptation of one of your favourite novels in the form of cinema or theatre. The prospect that the narrative may be butchered into something ugly and not as you imagined. But when it’s done ...

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The Bricks of Burston – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Director: Cordelia Spence Reviewer: Karen McCandless Sometimes we need a reminder of the ‘forgotten heroes’ in history, the ones that have fought for change in our society but aren’t names that instantly spring to mind. The Bricks of Burston serves to remind us of two of these people – Tom and Annie Higden who fought to provide education to all, ...

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West Side Story – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There can be few musicals more iconic than West Side Story. First produced on Broadway in 1957, it is well known for its extended balletic dance sequences choreographed by Jerome Robbins, sublime music from Leonard Bernstein and intelligent lyrics from Stephen Sondheim. And what is ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – New Theatre, Oxford

Writer: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Mary Tapper The glitter balls begin to spin, bathing the New Theatre in sparkles of light, the band starts to play It's Raining Men, and three divas are lowered from the heavens in stunning white and silver flowing gowns to belt out the song and you know you are in ...

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The Perfect Murder – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Ian Talbot Writer: Shaun McKenna, from the book by Peter James Reviewer: Maggie Constable So what is the perfect murder? If one accepts there is such a thing then we find out at Milton Keynes theatre this week where Peter James’ award-winning and top-selling novella Perfect Murder is playing, having been adapted for the stage for the first time ...

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The Swinging Big Bands and the Songs of Frank Sinatra with the Gordon Campbell Big Band – Birmingham Town Hall

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The description on the website of Birmingham’s Town Hall/Symphony Hall describes this concert as “The Gordon Campbell Big Band visits [Birmingham] Town Hall performing the songs of Frank Sinatra”, which, it could be argued is a touch misleading given the concert’s actual title and its actual content. Indeed, the music associated with Sinatra formed only a small, ...

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