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Grease – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Jessica Paul as Sandy Dumbrowski with the Pink Ladies in Grease

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman The 1978 film of Grease is one of the most-loved movie musicals of all time, but its inspiration, the 1971 Broadway show, is a lesser-known predecessor. Revived by Nikolai Foster for a Christmas season at Curve, the show is taken back to its original Broadway roots, ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Edward Franklin, Cathy Tyson, Darren Bennett, Martha Mackintosh and Fela Lufadeju in The Importance of Being Earnest

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Does Wilde’s witty masterpiece have anything new left to say to 21stCentury theatregoers having been regularly performed and revived in the years since its first performances at the tail end of the 19th? In this Birmingham REP and Curve, Leicester co-production, director Nikolai Foster and designer Isla Shaw certainly think so ...

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Wipers – Curve, Leicester

Simon Rivers as Sadiq in Wipers

Writer: Ishy Din Director: Suba Das Reviewer: James Garrington   Among the wealth of material written about the First World War, there is actually very little drama based on the contribution of South Asian soldiers, even though by the end of the war over one-and-a-half million of them had crossed the ocean to fight with the Allied armies. Wipers is ...

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Legally Blonde – Curve, Leicester

Lucie Jones as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe &Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Brown’s semi-autobiographical novel, the musical of Legally Blonde opened on Broadway in 2007. It transferred to the West End in 2009, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and launching its leading ...

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Outings – Curve, Leicester

Featured image, Rainbow Flag, for Outings

Writers: Thomas Hescott and Matthew Baldwin Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Claire Going The concept of this show is a simple but brilliant exploration into real-life coming-out stories. Launched on the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014, the script is a powerfully woven patchwork piece of over 20 true stories collected from online submissions, interviews and even celebrity accounts pieced together by writers ...

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OPINION: Regional theatre IS worthy of critical attention

Theatr Clwyd at Night

By John Roberts This weekThe Stage’schief theatre critic ventured outside of the London boundaries and stepped into the borders of North Wales – only because, by his own admission, he was in the “region” giving a talk at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Upon seeing Theatre Clwyd’s production ofCat on a Hot Tin Roof– he wentonto Twitterto announce that ...

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A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Curve, Leicester

Aoife Duffin in A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Adaptor and Director: Annie Ryan Reviewer: Claire Going   There aren't many productions that leave an audience speechless, but this is one of them. Maybe it is something about Eimear McBride's use of language in A Girl is a Half-Formed Thingor the stark nakedness of Annie Ryan's production choices, but there is no doubt that Aoife Duffin's solo performance in ...

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Lord of the Flies – Curve, Leicester

Production image of the boys on the lost island

Writer: Nigel Williams Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: Rosella Barnes   Whether one is familiar with the savage story, or meticulously study the text in school, William Golding’s Lord of the Flies has become one of our Nation’s most treasured pieces of literature. Published in 1954, Lord of the Flies soared in popularity and, as evident by the success of Nigel ...

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