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Reasons to Be Cheerful – Derby Theatre

Book: Paul Sirett Music & Lyrics: Ian Dury and the Blockheads Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Dave Smith Like many UK acts that emerged in the late 1970s that were different to the family-friendly pop or bland disco that had previously dominated the charts, Ian Dury and the Blockheads were labelled as punk or new wave. Yet Ian Dury had been a ...

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The Government Inspector, Theatre Royal, Stratford East

Writer: Nikolai Gogol Adaptor: David Harrower Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Edie Ranvier What’s the Russian for “omnishambles”? The Government Inspector is Nikolai Gogol’s 1836 satire about a small town whose corrupt officials are thrown into a panic by the news that an official is coming from St Petersburg to vet their management. Desperate to cover up their corruption and incompetence, ...

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The Threepenny Opera – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Jeremy Sams Directors: Peter Rowe, Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katie Lee 'If the misery is genuine, no one will believe it.' This contemporary adaptation of Brecht's Threepenny Opera by Graeae Theatre Company explores poverty, disability and common reaction to it, updating the text for our present era of government cuts. Here, the beggars are ...

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