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Fame the Musical – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Jose Fernandez Lyrics: Jacques Levy Music: Steve Margoshes Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Clare White Based on the 1980s cult coming-of-age film, Fame The Musical follows the lives of a diverse group of students from a prestigious performing arts school in New York, desperate to prove they have what it takes to become superstars. Far from a light-hearted story about fame-hungry ...

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Land Without Dreams – Gate Theatre, London

Writer: Tue Biering Director (London): Lise Lauenblad Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Pushing the audience to use its imagination, breaking down the barriers between those sitting comfortably and those standing at the front, and provoking strong cognitive reactions are all applaudable in a theatre. The ambition of Land Without Dreams is also applaudable – a wide-ranging swipe at the fears we have ...

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Still I Rise – TRIBE// – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Victoria Fox Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Victoria Fox Markiewicz is quickly building a reputation as a choreographer with her new company TRIBE//, following a long and successful career as a dancer, notably with Jasmin Vardimon and CanDoCo. The company’s debut work Still I Rise sees a female company of five dancers – Lucija Bozicievic, Caterina Grosoli, Kassichana Okene-Jameson, Yukiko Masui ...

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One Under – The DOOR, Birmingham REP

Writer: Winsome Pinnock Director: Amit Sharma Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Can we ever truly know what’s in someone else’s mind? Their drivers, priorities, needs? It’s difficult to imagine how it must feel to drive a train and see someone step in front and be unable to do anything to avoid an impact with the inevitable outcome. How can you come to terms ...

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Circus 1903 – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Neil Dorward Reviewer: Jo Beggs An hour into Circus 1903 there’s an interval. It barely feels as though you’ve been in your seat for five minutes when the lights go up. Everyone is smiling. They’re smiling because this American contemporary circus company have brilliantly brought back some of the old-school magic that early-twentieth-century audiences would have been wowed by ...

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Acosta Danza: Evolution – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographers: Paul Reinoso Pontus Lidberg, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Christopher Bruce Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you think of Cuban dance it tends to be salsa, rhumba maybe mambo, exotic Latin rhythms that fit the ballroom style, but Carlos Acosta has changed all that using his dance company Acosta Danza to showcase an exciting programme of contemporary pieces fused with ballet, Latin ...

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Blood Brothers – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson Reviewer: Dan English It is an emotional tour de force at the Orchard Theatre as Blood Brothers reaches Dartford as part of its current UK tour. Caught up among the class struggles of 1960s Liverpool, Mrs Johnstone finds herself caught in an impossible situation, carrying twins with little money or security ...

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Mary Queen of Scots – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Libretto: Robin Norton-Hale (after Bardari) Musical Director: Paul McKenzie Director: Robin Norton-Hale Designer: Kate Lane Reviewer: Ron Simpson OperaUpClose, celebrating its 10th anniversary, began by staging La Boheme in a 60-seat venue above a pub. The company also uses non-theatrical spaces, in the case of the tour of Mary Queen of Scots many of them historic buildings. ...

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