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101 Dalmatians – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Debbie Isitt from the book by Dodie Smith Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Although Dodie Smith was already a successful playwright and novelist, it was probably the Disney adaptation of her 1956 children’s novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians that brought her work to the wider public eye. The story of the evil Cruella de Vil stealing Dalmatian ...

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The Snowman, Opera House, Manchester

Music: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Andrea Allen Adults escorting little ones to the Opera House hoping for the magic of Raymond Briggs’ book and the festive charm of Dianne Jackson’s 1982 film adaptation may, unfortunately, be disappointed by Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of The Snowman. In Director Bill Alexander’s lengthy, bloated production, there’s a strong chance you’ll spend ...

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Duet for One – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

A lady in a wheelchair and a man face each other in a book-filled office

Writer: Tom Kempinski Director: Robin Lefevre Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Stephanie, a brilliant violinist at the peak of her career, is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As the disease progresses, she gradually becomes unable to play or even walk reliably. Her husband, also a brilliant musician and composer, has suggested she see Dr Feldman, a psychiatrist, to help her cope with her ...

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Jane Eyre – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

JANE EYRE UK Tour 2017 Royal National Theatre

Writer: Sally Cookson from the novel by Charlotte Brontë Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Director Sally Cookson says that it is a daunting task to take one of the iconic English novels, a novel that is credited with changing the face of the novel by focusing on the thoughts, feelings and development of the eponymous heroine as she makes ...

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Amédée – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Josie Lawrence and Trevor Fox in Amédée

Writer: Eugène Ionescu, adapted by Sean Foley Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Amédée has hit writers' block. For 15 years, he has been working on his play and has now written almost three lines of the opening scene despite being effortlessly eloquent in his dealings with Madeleine, his wife. As he agonises over it, Madeleine does all the chores ...

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Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Stories to Tell In The Middle Of The Night

Writer: Francesca Millican-Slater Reviewer:  John Kennedy Having garnered Edinburgh Fringe rave reviews, spook-central for getting gripped in the crypt, Millican-Slater’s self-penned observations of the banal to the bizarre, the mundane to the macabre, ensure that things are certain going to go strangely bump tonight. A debut Rep production supported by The Barry Jackson Trust, tonight’s elegiac lyrical love letter to ...

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Love – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Janet Etuk as Emma in LOVE

Writer and Director: Alexander Zeldin Reviewer:  George Atwell Gerhards Alexander Zeldin’s Love, which pitches its tent in Birmingham after a critically acclaimed short run in London, is about many things. It’s about temporary accommodation and the housing crisis. It’s about adjusting to the small things when you have the roof over your head taken away from you. But most significantly, ...

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Shakespeare, His Wife And The Dog – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Sally Edwards and Philip Whitchurch as Anne Hathaway and William Shakespeare in Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog

Writer: Philip Whitchurch Director: Julia St John Reviewer: Selwyn Knight William Shakespeare is an enigma. An uneducated man from the midlands, married to Anne, a woman eight years his senior, he suddenly appears in London and becomes the best playwright of his generation (and the rest of time). They have three children, Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith, although Hamnet dies aged ...

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