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A View From The Bridge – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Arthur Miller’s A View From A Bridge takes an uncompromising look at the world of the casually employed longshoremen in Red Hook, a poor area of New York. Eddie Carbone is one such man, introduced to us by the lawyer Alfieri, who acts as occasional narrator as the story moves along. ...

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Arcadia – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Plenty of hyperbole surrounds Tom Stoppard’s play, Arcadia. Having won the 1993 Olivier Award for Best New Play, it went on to be nominated for Tonys and even made the Royal Institution’s shortlist for the best science book ever written, losing out on that occasion to Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table. ...

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BLACK – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Keith Saha Director: Julia Samuels Music and Lyrics: Craig Shanda and Keith Saha Reviewer: Jennie Philpot Nikki doesn't think that her Dad is a racist...’He just cares deeply about his community...’ 20 Stories High theatre company have created an engaging show that focuses on the relationships between different ethnic groups in a 2015 Britain. Set on the outskirts of ...

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WNO The Magic Flute – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Libretto: Emanuel Schikaneder Director: Dominic Cooke Revival Director: Caroline Chaney Conductor: Lothar Koenigs Reviewer: Maggie Constable Mozart's famous Deutsch opera from Welsh National Opera, The Magic Flute, reveals itself surreally to us in Milton Keynes this week and tells a wonderfully enchanting and fantastic (in all senses of that word) tale which includes a rescuing prince, ...

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All My Sons – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Michael Buffong Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Arthur Miller was called up before the House of Unamerican Activities in 1956. Looking at All My Sons, his 1947 play about a hard-working family divided by a son’s idealistic despair with the American Dream, it is not difficult to understand why. With typical proficiency, Miller exposes the shameful artifice of ...

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Saturday Night Fever – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music and Lyrics: The Bee Gees Book adaptors: Robert Stigwood and Bill Oakes Director: Ryan McBryde Reviewer: James Garrington For those of us who grew up in the 1970s, the world of disco and flares is something that brings back memories – as does the music of the Bee Gees, hugely evocative of that period. Nowhere is this music more ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time – Aylesbury Waterside

Writer: Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is a concern at times that when a West End show embarks on a national tour, that corners will be cut, budgets will be slashed, that audiences outside London will be expected to accept a cut price deal. Thankfully, the National Theatre’s tour ...

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