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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: David Edgar From the novel by: Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Kate Saxon Reviewer: Gareth Davies There is much that sends shivers of terror down the spine from this touring production of David Edgar's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella. The original story almost single-handedly created the genre of psychological horror, but perhaps the scariest thing here is the ...

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The Death Show, The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writers: Antonia Beck and Lucy Nichols Director: Bernadette Russell Reviewer: John Kennedy Time for the Grim Reaper to have a Grin Reaper make-over. A show that aims to explore humanity’s slipping on its own banana-skin of solipsism. It carries well with self-parody in the earlier part of the show - a hers & hearse cortège through the scythe-severing ages of humanity’s inevitable ...

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What the Moon Saw – Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer: Tamsin Fitzgerald from the story by Hans Christian Andersen Composer: Angus Macrea Reviewer: John Kennedy The very noble, if rather esoteric programme notes draw an obtuse reference to the ‘colourless’ consequences of Brexit contrasting with the Company’s multi-hued experiences in India. This re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s eponymous story is their response. Thespian rescue-therapy? Be that as it may, it is ...

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Herding Cats – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Lucinda Coxon Director: Lawrence Evans Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Behind the laughs of the intimate audience at Play With Fire Productions’ latest performance comes a real sense of melancholy and unease. Herding Cats, by Lucinda Coxon, tells the stories of a trio of characters, all crippled by the loneliness of life, but each armed with their own facades and coping ...

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Labels – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

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Writer: Joe Sellman-Leava Director: Katharina Reinthaller Reviewer: John Kennedy You’ve bought your vital vinyl Stones album at last. Problem – that hideous price label has to come off. But it leaves a tell-tale adhesive circular ghost mark mocking you. The Spectre at the feast forever spitting in your Goat's Head Soup. That's what labels do - damn you with the mark of Cain. ...

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Dame Nature – The Magnificent Bearded Lady – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: Tim Bell with Havoc Theatre Directors: Laurence Cook and Hannah Kew Reviewer:  John Kennedy Tragi-comic, pathos heart-string tugging, this Bearded Lady made quite an impression on last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and might well have become a minor cult hit: if only by a whisker - if only someone had had the heart (and comb) to tell her. We are ...

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NEWS: Two new appointments for Frantic Assembly

By Paul Couch Arts Council England Senior Relationship Manager Pete Staves (pictured, above) has been appointed Executive Director and joint Chief Executive of theatre company Frantic Assembly, it has been announced today [1 March 2016]. Staves will take up his post in May 2016. Before joining ACE in 2010, he was Festival Producer for LIFT, producing the 2008, 2009 and ...

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NEWS: Colchester’s Mercury Theatre announces £8.8m redevelopment plan

Artistic impression of plans to redevelop Colchester's Mercury Theatre

Colchester's Mercury Theatre has announced details ofan £8.8m plan to redevelop its buildings and site, improving and extending audience and production facilities while creating a learning and participation centre that will help to extend its educational and community work. If the project is successful, the new facilities would open in 2020. The project has received an invitation from Arts Council ...

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