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The Father – Oldham Coliseum

Writers:  Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Richard Hall The Coliseum’s final in-house production of the spring/summer 2017 season is a bold and innovative choice for this venue. The Father, by French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, is a powerful, dark, tragic comedy about the harrowing and devastating impact of dementia on one man and his family. ...

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Roll Over Beethoven – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Matt Devitt (The Ghost) and Michael Fletcher (Johnny Hamlet) in Roll Over Beethoven

Book, music and lyrics: Bob Eaton Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s hard to categorise Roll Over Beethoven. Billed as a high-energy new musical telling the story of a Britain in flux between the dreary post-war days and the explosion of American Rock ‘n’ Roll, it also steals much of its storyline from Hamlet – helpfully naming characters Johnny ...

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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis – Hull Truck Theatre

Anna Wheatley and Isabel Ford in Martha Josie and the Chinese Elvis at Hull Truck Theatre. Photo: Andrew Billington

Writer: Charlotte Jones Director: Mark Babych Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson The standing ovation from a large part of the audience reflected the efforts of a talented, committed and wonderfully energetic cast in Mark Babych’s inventive production, but Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis remains a problematic, if entertaining, play. Originally staged in 1999 at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, ...

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The Hook – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Mel Duncan An adaptation of any work by Arthur Miller would be an interesting prospect. But a work previously unseen and initially intended for the silver screen, and set in the area immortalised by ‘A View From a Bridge’ sets the spine tingling. And there are some moments when this is the case. ...

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The Ladykillers – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: William Rose Adapter: Graham Lineham Director: Mark Babych Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall “Is anyone back from the robbery yet?” It was a genius plan. Or so Professor Marcus thinks. One thing for sure is Graham Lineham’s stage adaptation of The Ladykillers is certainly the work of a genius.Lineham – The writer of popular comedy TV sitcoms Father Ted and The ...

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Three Minute Heroes – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Bob Eaton Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: James Garrington For just a few short years at the end of the 1970s and into the early 1980s, the city of Coventry became almost the centre of the music universe when bands such as The Selecter and The Specials brought their brand of Caribbean-infused punk rock to the scene. They were signed ...

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One Night in November – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Pollock Director: Hamish Glen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] What if you knew, absolutely KNEW, that the one person you loved more than anything was in mortal danger? You’d warn her, yes? But what if that knowledge was an official secret, that sharing it with anyone would be treason? That’s the dilemma facing Oxford don and Bletchley Park code ...

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