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This Was The World and I Was King – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: Casey Jay Andrews and Nathan Foad Directors: The Ensemble Reviewer: Selwyn Knight HookHitch Theatre is a young company of young actors under the artistic direction of Casey Jay Andrews and Laura Trundle. This Was The World and I Was King premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013 and is now touring. This charming show looks at a summer during ...

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Circa Wunderkammer – Curve Leicester

Artistic Director:Yaron Lifschitz Reviewer: Phil Lowe Historically a Wunderkammer was a piece of German furniture that also seems to have many other names but one purpose: to fascinate. It was also known as a Cabinet of Curiosities, Kunstkabinett, Kunstkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, or Wonder room. Friends and family would come round and be amazed at all the crazy collections of ...

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Regeneration – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Nicholas Wright, adapted from the books by Pat Barker Director: Simon Godwin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The First World War was an especially brutal one; a brutality that now, a hundred years later, it is difficult to imagine or comprehend. It is also the first time that what is now known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder was recognised as shellshock. The ...

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Steve Hackett Genesis Extended – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Steve Hackett was Genesis’ lead guitarist in the 1970s until he left following the album, Wind and Wuthering. Genesis continued as a three piece and found commercial success among a new generation largely unaware of the band’s progressive roots. Hackett continued to make music, but also to revisit the music of that era of Genesis, producing albums ...

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Arcadia – Nottingham Playhouse

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: Phil Lowe In Tom Stoppard's cleverly constructed, poetic and witty play Arcadia you certainly get your words’ worth. Well if not Wordsworth then a sexy sniff at the tailcoats of naughty boy Lord Byron passing invisibly through. Artistic director Giles Croft directs this text heavy play with a lightness of touch, an eloquence ...

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Miracle on 34th Street – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

The cast of Miracle on 34th Street

Music, Book and Lyrics: Meredith Willson Choreographer: Richard Jones Musical Director: Ben Holder Director: Paul Taylor Mills Reviewer: Pete Benson The Miracle on 34th Street musical is based on the 1947 film of the same name which has become an iconic Christmas perennial. The key to the success of the movie is the performance of Edmund Gwenn as the man ...

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The Full Monty- New Theatre, Oxford

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Roger Haines Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer   Despite being nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, and receiving glowing reviews from critics, the West End version of The Full Monty closed after only five weeks. But in the play’s spirit of fighting back after you’ve been hit by unfortunate circumstances, this highly entertaining and fun ...

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Dangerous Corner – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: J. B. Priestley Director: Michael Attenborough Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The concept of time and theories of how it might not be linear but twisted and branching fascinated J. B. Priestley, and he wrote several ‘Time Plays’, of which Dangerous Corner is one example. The concept here is of a pivotal point at which events can take radically different routes. ...

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