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The Who’s Tommy – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  John Kennedy Described as the Rock Musical reborn for a new generation there may well be a smattering of the My Generation here tonight who heard it first time round. The essential summertime news circulating in 1969 was that The Who were ...

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Julius Caesar – Holy Trinity Church, Guildford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gemma Fairlie Reviewer: David Jobson It seems pertinent to produce Julius Caesar in this current political climate. Productions have made many parallels with the Roman leader and previous political regimes. In this new production staged at the Holy Trinity Church, the Guildford Shakespeare Company take the obvious route and set the play in a present day ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Derby Theatre

The cast of Alice in Wonderland

Writer: Mike Kenny after the book by Lewis Carroll Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: Dave Smith With a more traditional panto taking place across the city at Derby Arena for the Christmas season, Derby Theatre has instead opted for an adaptation of one of our best-loved children’s stories, Alice in Wonderland (with Tweedledum and Tweedledee sneaking in from Through the Looking ...

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Look Back In Anger – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: John Osborne Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: May Mellstrom   Sixty years ago John Osborne's heavily autobiographical play Look Back in Anger opened at the Royal Court and sent shockwaves through a British theatre industry thoroughly unaccustomed to hearing a working class voice on stage. There is no question that in helping to propel the genre of "kitchen-sink drama", the ...

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Alice In Wonderland – The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Writer: Lewis Carroll Adaptors: Robin Belfield andSimon Slater Director:Robin Belfield Composer:Simon Slater Reviewer: Mary Scriven After 150 years, Alice is still one of the most celebrated figures in children’s literature. It is widely recognized that the character was born during a boat trip that her creator, Lewis Carroll took with his neighbour’s three children, Alice, Lorina and Edith Liddell. Carroll ...

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The Wind in the Willows – Guildford Shakespeare Company, Guildford

Authors: Kenneth Graham Writer/Adaptor: Ant Stones Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Bill Avenell What a shame that in this clever adaptation of Kenneth Graham’s classic tale, delivered out doors and promenading through the grounds and woods of Watts Gallery, there is no river. No doubt Health and Safety would have something to say if there had been an actual rather than ...

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Aladdin And The Magical Lamp – The North Wall, Oxford

Writer: Lizzie Hopley Music: Jack Merivale Director: Charlotte Conquest Reviewer: Tom Finch [Rating:3] Creation Theatre, one of Oxford’s best known theatre companies, are back with their ever popular Christmas shows and this year they transport us to the dark, poverty stricken slums of Peking. A rousing opening number blasts our senses and we are off on a journey of excitement ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Guildford College of Law Gardens, Guildford

Company: Guildford Shakespeare Company Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Charlotte Conquest Reviewer: Jane Pink [rating: 4.5]   In Athens preparations are underway for the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta. Among those joining the celebrations are Egeus and his daughter Hermia, whom her father wishes to see married to Demetrius. However Hermia loves Lysander and plans to run away with him before ...

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