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Black Men Walking – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: James Garrington “We walked England before the English.” Trevor, Matthew and Richard like walking in the Peak District. Every month they meet and walk and talk. This time, although the forecast indicated that they should cancel, they press on in an attempt to fight their individual demons - until a blizzard brings them face to ...

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Sisters – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nick Walker Directors: Nick Walker and Emma Rabbits Reviewer: Nicole Craft Four women, I mean guys, about to have a shoot-out at high-noon to find out who gets to open the treasure chest that they found after digging up the Deputy Sheriff's wife's grave, the location of which is revealed by the actual Sheriff's sister who was tracked down in Bedworth ...

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Cinderella – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer and Director: Iain Lauchlan Reviewer: Niki Craft Among looks of disgust at tinsel-adorned trees and cries of ‘it's November’ at Mariah Carey echoing out from retail outlets everywhere, crowds are flocking to Coventry's Belgrade Theatre this evening for their official kick-off of this season's pantomime. Having worked their way, both very successfully and less so, through an array of ...

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Around the World in 80 Days – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writer: Laura Eason from the book by Jules Verne  Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Niki Craft Around the World in 80 Days, you say? 125 characters, six countries, several trains, a few boats, eight cast members (including a very dozy Frenchman) and no actual elephant... surely impossible? With The New Vic Theatre's production on the 11th leg of its tour, hopes ...

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Godiva Rocks – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Pollock Director: Hamish Glen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Coventry has a rich pop heritage and Godiva Rocks seeks to mine that looking at two periods in particular – the mid 1960s and early 1980s when Coventry-based performers like Vince Hill, Frank Ifield, Beverley Jones in the 1960s and, later, the whole 2 Tone phenomenon of the 1980s as well ...

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Shirley Valentine – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  Daljinder Johal How many of us are truly living? This is the principal question of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine. The play opens in a warm and bright kitchen with Shirley, a middle-aged Liverpool housewife whose stagnant life in a loveless marriage is disrupted by her best friend’s offer of a trip-for-two to Greece. ...

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My Country: A Work in Progress – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

cast of national theatre my country a work in progress

Writer:  Carol Ann Duffy Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer:  Cath Lyon However you voted during Brexit, this play will make you feel better about the whole sorry business. My Country: a work in progress is a statement of our times, built from the words of Britain’s own people, the fluffy stereotyping and saccharine nationalism that can leave you feeling warm and ...

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Rent – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: James Garrington Since it first saw the light of day in 1996, Rent has become something of a cult show. It was inspired by Puccini’s La Boheme and is set in and around the bohemian East Village in New York where an assorted group of people is struggling to get on with ...

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