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Mamma Mia! – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Music & Lyrics: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus Book: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Reviewer: Clare White There can be nothing more guaranteed to warm up a bleak February night in Wolverhampton than an injection of Greek sunshine by way of Mamma Mia!, the ultimate feel-good musical. Based on the music of Swedish super-group ABBA, the award-winning show has been ...

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Hedda Gabler – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Patrick Marber Director: Ivo van Hove Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can’t help wondering what happened to the young Hedda Gabler to make her the woman she is. She appears unpleasant, manipulative and bullying, entirely in charge of her life. She has captured the heart of the affable Tesman and they are now returned to the ...

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Gallowglass – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Margaret May Hobbs from the book by Ruth Rendell  writing as Barbara Vine Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It’s 1990. Five years ago, Nina was kidnapped in Italy and successfully held to ransom. Now, two rich husbands later, she is a virtual prisoner in the marital home, Jareds, a lavish Suffolk country estate, living her life in perpetual ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: David Janson Reviewer: Clare White Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre is full of beans this pantomime season, as this year's festive offering of Jack and the Beanstalk is bursting with high jinx, magic and superb silliness. In the fictional West Midlands village of Little Yamton, we meet Jack Trott, who is tricked by evil Baron Fleshcreep into selling ...

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Legally Blonde the Musical – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Heather Hach Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Clare White Legally Blonde The Musical is a bit like candyfloss – pink, fluffy and syrupy sweet. Based on the 2001 film comedy starring Reece Witherspoon, its musical adaptation premièred on Broadway in 2007 and subsequently enjoyed successful West End and UK tour runs. This latest production, directed ...

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The Wedding Singer – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Clare White Set in the era of pitchy synth pop, big hair and even bigger shoulder pads, The Wedding Singer is a light-hearted dose of 80s kitsch. This musical adaptation of the 1998 rom-com starring Adam Sandler brings together the sweetness and fun of the ...

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Brassed Off – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

A young man and a woman sit side by side on a bench

Writer: Paul Allen from the screenplay by Mark Herman Director: Gareth Tudor Price Reviewer: Selwyn Knight 1994. Ten years after the miners’ strike and life in the Lancashire mining village of Grimley is still, well, grim. The future of the pit is in the balance – its miners will vote on whether to accept a redundancy payout or send the ...

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Funny Girl – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

woman in period costume sitting on sofa natasha barnes funny girl

Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  James Garrington Success in show business is said to be as much about being in the right place at the right time as it is with talent. The film version of Funny Girl, following a successful stage run, did much to promote Barbra Streisand’s ...

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