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The War of the Worlds – The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

A man stands listening to a short wave radio

Writer: Tin Robot Director: Adam Carver Reviewer: Nicole Craft The War of the Worlds, regardless of whether referencing H.G Wells’ novel or Jeff Wayne’s musical adaption, has worldwide fame and a huge fan base; so any attempt to try and adapt it needs to be well thought out and, in simple terms, good. Tin Robot’s attempt at this takes on ...

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Rain Man – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Dan Gordon Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Alice Fowler Everyone – of a certain age, at least – knows Rain Man, the Oscar-winning film starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman, in which two very different brothers bond on a journey across America. The story of Charlie and Raymond Babbitt – Charlie a skin-of-his-pants businessman, Raymond an autistic savant – unfolds ...

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Artistic Director: Tory Dobrin Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree For over 40 years, “The Trocks” have been entertaining audiences worldwide: since 1974 the group has performed in 35 countries and over 600 cities. For two days only, Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre plays host to a dedicated, physical and extremely impressive troupe of dancers, who interpret and gently parody classical ballet as you’ve never ...

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Reviewer: Lu Greer Following the incredible success of The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre return to Norwich with The Comedy About a Bank Robbery which follows the attempts to safely store a priceless diamond in the most corrupt city bank imaginable. It seems like a simple premise, but once Mischief ...

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Cirkopolis – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Directors: Jeannot Painchaud and Dave St Pierre Choreographer: Dave St Pierre Composer: Stefan Boucher Reviewer: Lu Greer Cirkopolis, from the Montreal based troupe Cirque Éloize sold-out audiences across 50 countries before making its way to Norwich. Proclaiming the ability to challenge the limits of gravity and perform jaw-dropping feats against a backdrop of video projections, the theatre saw a packed ...

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Still Alice – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Writer: Lisa Genova Adaptor: Christine Mary Dunford Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Alice Fowler Alice and John Howland are a high achieving professional couple, both academics at Harvard University. Does Alice have the edge intellectually? Perhaps. But 50-year-old Alice is starting to forget words – nothing serious, and it’s probably just the menopause. Then she begins to forget other things too: ...

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NEWS: Award-winning production of Hair to embark on a National Tour

Following sold-out seasons in Manchester and London, the award-winning and critically acclaimed 50th-anniversary production of Hair produced by Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment is to tour next year from March. A newly imagined production, produced by Hope Mill Theatre, Aria Entertainment and Senbla directed by Jonathan O’Boyle will open at The New Wimbledon Theatre on 22 March 2019. Hair will then tour to Cheltenham, Manchester, ...

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NEWS: National Theatre Launches Smart Caption Glasses

When we think of innovation in theatre it tends to be on stage – directors such as Ivo van Hove or companies like Complicite entirely reimagining what we see, hear and experience, reinvigorating the classics or completely reinventing theatre as a sensory experience. Yet before the curtain rises, some of the most impactful innovations can fundamentally alter the audience experience. ...

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