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The Full Monty: The Musical – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book: Terence McNally Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s hard to believe that it’s over 20 years since the film, The Full Monty, burst onto cinema screens, telling the story of a group of Sheffield steelworkers made redundant from the only living they’d ever known. In 2000, the action was moved to Buffalo, NY for ...

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The Merry Wives of Windsor – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Fiona Laird Reviewer: James Garrington If you’re hoping to see how Shakespeare can be brought up to date, then look no further than this fun-packed production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. There is little doubt that Shakespeare designed many of his plays to be crowd-pleasers, aimed at entertaining and engaging with the general public of the ...

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Madagascar – The Musical, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics: Geoge Noriega and Joel Someillan Director: Kirk Jameson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Marty the zebra and his friends have it pretty good in Central Park Zoo. But on Marty’s tenth birthday a mid-life crisis has hit him. After talking to a commando unit of penguins who are plotting their escape to Antarctica, he hankers after the wild, albeit ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman, The Musical – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Book: Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: James Garrington Many movies have iconic moments, moments that linger in the memory long after the rest of the film is fading. An Officer and a Gentleman has one such moment – it may be over 35 years ago, but a lot of people will remember the final scene, ...

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LATITUDE: The Theban Motherf**ker- Cabaret Tent

Reviewer: Kris Hallett Having given us a ‘Creep’ of a Dracula and a Victorian Secret runway of A Midsummer Night’s Dream over the past few festivals, hope was high for Action To The Word’s The Theban MotherF**ker, a rock opera ode to Thebe’s most famous Freudian dream. This reviewer hasn't always been in love with the work artistic director Alexandra Spencer-Jones has created but has always ...

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Ladies’ Day – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Amanda Whittington Directors: Jason Capewell and Alasdair Harvey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Four disparate and apparently breezy ladies escape their humdrum lives in a fish packing company for a day, celebrating Pearl’s retirement by having a day at the races. During their day away, we find each has hidden depths as secrets are revealed. For each, the day is a turning ...

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Latitude: Sunday Cabaret round-up

With the weather so hot this weekend (we're not complaining...honestly), many are taking refuge for some longer stints in some of the more covered arenas and, particularly with Dylan Moran ensuring the comedy tent is jam-packed, this includes the cabaret. Kicking off a couple of hours worth of 'fun' is Zack Zucker, who has come all the way from New ...

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Latitude: Flight, Faraway Forest

Reviewer: Robin Winters Darkfield, the company founded by Glen Heath & David Rosenberg, returns to Latitude following the success of last year's immersive installation, Seance. This year, the duo brings Flight, once again in a shipping container, once again in pitch darkness for around 20 minutes. With an age guidance of 14+ and having been given some knowledge of the nature ...

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