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Shirley Valentine – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  Dave Smith Willy Russell’s ever-popular Shirley Valentine, first seen at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre in 1986, has been given a long overdue and high-profile revival in the form of a major national tour. Original director Glen Walford is again in charge, with Jodie Prenger given the difficult task of carrying the whole thing ...

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The Who’s Tommy – Nottingham Playhouse

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:  Dave Smith It’s nearly 50 years since The Who released Tommy, one of two concept albums by the band (along with Quadrophenia) that helped turn them from Mod favourites to genuine rock icons. The plot concerns ...

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The Grapes of Wrath – Nottingham Playhouse

Molly Logan (Rose)

Writer: Frank Galati adapted from the novel by John Steinbeck Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer:  Claire Going John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel is widely acknowledged as an epic tale of struggle and unity, and Frank Galati’s stage adaptation has been lauded, winning a Tony Award back in 1990.  What a shame, then, that Abbey Wright’s new production of The Grapes of Wrath never quite ...

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Touched – Nottingham Playhouse

Chloe Harris as Betty, Aisling Loftus as Joan, Vicky McClure as Sandra, Esther Coles as Mary and George Boden as Johnny in Touched

Writer: Stephen Lowe Director: Matt Aston Reviewer: Dave Smith Forty years after its premiere at the same venue, Stephen Lowe’s Touched gets a welcome revival, with the added attraction of one of TV’s hottest properties, Vicky McClure (Line of Duty, This Is England, Broadchurch), taking on her first professional stage rôle in her home city. The play is set in ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Beauty and the Beast, NORTHERN BALLET

Choreographer: David Nixon Reviewer: Laura Jane Bateman The story of Beauty and the Beast has been immortalised by Disney’s animated film, but Northern Ballet’s adaptation, first presented in 2011, takes the story back to its 18th-century fairy-tale roots. Choreographed by artistic director David Nixon, it is a simple and well-danced production which is let down by underdeveloped characters and garish ...

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Darkness Darkness – Nottingham Playhouse

Jonathan Woolf and Simone Saunders. in Darkness Darkness

Writer: John Harvey Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Phil Lowe In a first time co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and New Perspectives, crime writer John Harvey takes his popular Detective Inspector Resnick from his novel Darkness Darkness and places him fair and square on the Nottingham Playhouse main stage in a dark, gripping and moody adaptation. This is the second play in ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest – New Theatre, Nottingham

New Theatre Nottingham's production of The Importance of Being Earnest

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Nathan Perry Reviewer: Dave Smith The Importance of Being Earnest is the perhaps the ultimate in comfort theatre. Brilliantly written, with more quotable lines than just about any play outside of Shakespeare, it’s familiar, smart, funny and rewarding in equal measure. For those staging it, it’s probably also the safest of safe bets – almost impossible ...

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Shopping and F***ing – Nottingham New Theatre

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director:Liam McClelland Reviewer: Dave Smith Even when Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and F***ing first appeared in the West End, its notoriety rested as much on its title as its content. Howard Brenton had broken enough ground portraying anal rape in The Romans in Britain at the Nationalso that 16 years later audiences were slightly more receptive to such ...

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