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Ugly Duckling – York Theatre Royal

Writer: Emma Reeves Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Catherine Chapman Composer: Tayo Akinbode Movement: Holly Irving Reviewer: Ron Simpson Ten minutes before the start a young man in nondescript grey sits strumming his ukulele while the birds sing and a more colourful chap buzzes a dragonfly around the trees and plants of the attractively improvised-looking set. After a while the first ...

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Penguin Cafe Mixed Programme – Birmingham Hippodrome

Composer (Concerto) - Dmitri Shostakovich Choreography - Kenneth MacMillan Composer (Still Life Penguin) - Simon Jeffes Choreography - David Bintley Composer (Elite Syncopations) - Scott Joplin & Others Choreography - Kenneth MacMillan Reviewer: John Kennedy The opening performance, Concerto, in three movements, is set within an explosion of bold, expansive monochromatic space: a brilliant white backdrop framed by monolithic, angular ...

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Our House – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

A woman stands holding a hand aloft surrounded by others

Director: James Tobias Writer: Tim Firth Music: Madness (and Labbi Siffre) Choreographer: Fabian Aloise Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald With commercial theatre’s love for jukebox musicals showing no real signs of slowing, Our House hits UK theatres, touring the country for the fourth time since its inception in 2002. Following Camden schoolboy Joe Casey, Our House explores family, love and the wrong ...

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The Little Mermaid – Norwich Theatre Royal

Choreography: David Nixon Music: Sally Beamish Reviewer: Lu Greer Northern Ballet's latest re-imagining of a classic story sees them take on Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid; the story of a naive young mermaid who, after the briefest of glimpses at life above the waves, falls for the human world and particularly for one man in it. As the curtain rises there is ...

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The Truman Capote Talk Show – Redgrave Theatre, Bristol

Writer/ Director/ Performer: Bob Kingdom Reviewer: Joan Phillips In The Truman Capote Talk Show, Bob Kingdom once again captures his subject as perfectly as he did in Dylan Thomas: Return Journey. Dressed in a rather dandy hat, expensive suit with matching jumper and socks, Capote enters the stage and takes his seat under the spotlight for 70 minutes of chat about his favourite subject ...

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Desire Under the Elms – Crucible, Sheffield

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director: Sam Yates Designer: Chiara Stephenson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Desire Under the Elms is a powerful and moving play. The highly acclaimed American playwright Eugene O’Neill wrote this play in 1924. He was strongly influenced by Greek tragedy which impacted on his work. During his lifetime, he won four Pulitzer prizes and the Nobel prize for literature. ...

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Le Grand Mort – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Stephen Clark Director: Christopher Renshaw Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We live in a society that fetishes death; our fear of its swift inevitability has led us to create elaborate rituals for recently departed loved-ones, we preserve every aspect of our history in glass cases and are endlessly fascinated by the deaths of movie stars who died decades ago. And while ...

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Marching on Embers – Seven Arts, Leeds

Writer: Chris O’Connor Director: Ruth Carney Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson Buglight Theatre’s thoughtful new production examines how recent political events might re-shape attitudes to the Irish Republican cause. At a time when moderate Republicans savour a period of comparative peace and project a gradual move to a united Ireland, Brexit potentially puts up the barriers again and shows ...

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