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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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Out of Order – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney OBE Reviewer: Harriet Brace “Do you think I could go out and come back in again?” The immortal tagline of any bad day is instantly relatable, echoes with resigned frustration – and perfectly sums up Ray Cooney’s theatrical farce Out of Order. The award-winning dramedy follows the misfortunes of junior minister Richard Willey, whose roguish ...

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The Woman In Black – Theatre Royal, Norwich

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre.

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptation: Stephen Mallatratt Director: Robin Hereford Reviewer: Lu Greer The Woman in Black has, at this point, become a household name thanks to the original story, the blockbuster movie and of course the play. The stage version sets itself apart somewhat from the others, in that in forgoes the dozen or so characters in preference of a ...

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September in the Rain – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: John Godber Director: Sheila Carter Designer: Graham Kirk Reviewer: Ron Simpson For 12 years Esk Valley Theatre, in the persons of co-founders Mark Stratton and Sheila Carter, has brought high-quality small-cast theatre to the North York Moors by taking over Glaisdale’s Robinson Institute for the month of August for its annual production. Now EVT has expanded its scale, in ...

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All or Nothing – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Book: Carol Harrison Music & Lyrics: The Small Faces Director: Carol Harrison Originating Director: Tony McHale Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A guitar smashes, someone storms off stage and so starts the story of seminal Mod band The Small Faces. Following in the footsteps of the Kinks' musical Sunny Afternoon, All or Nothing capitalises on the wave of nostalgia for 60s bands, and ...

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Beauty and the Beast – St Helens Theatre Royal

Writer: Liam Mellor Director: Chantelle Nolan Reviewer: John Roberts St Helens Theatre Royal was one of the first venues to start producing an Easter pantomime, starting off as a three show experiment over 10 years ago, this has now grown into something far bigger and puts some producers' pitiful Christmas offerings to shame - but that’s no surprise given the ...

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WAIL – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Little Bulb Theatre Director: Alexander Scott Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller The stage is strewn with musical instruments. A weighty set of timpani drums and a curvaceous double bass are harboured to one side of the stage. A school of stringed instruments are safely stowed in the centre of the space. Microphones bob like buoys across our field of vision. ...

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt  – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts  From the director of The National Theatre’s 2016 production of Peter Pan and countless other family theatre favourites Sally Cookson comes We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Adapted from the book of the same name by Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, this is a story that a lot of children are already familiar with and ...

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