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The Bricks of Burston – Upstairs at the Western, Leicester

Director: Cordelia Spence Reviewer: Karen McCandless Sometimes we need a reminder of the ‘forgotten heroes’ in history, the ones that have fought for change in our society but aren’t names that instantly spring to mind. The Bricks of Burston serves to remind us of two of these people – Tom and Annie Higden who fought to provide education to all, ...

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West Side Story – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There can be few musicals more iconic than West Side Story. First produced on Broadway in 1957, it is well known for its extended balletic dance sequences choreographed by Jerome Robbins, sublime music from Leonard Bernstein and intelligent lyrics from Stephen Sondheim. And what is ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – New Theatre, Oxford

Writer: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Mary Tapper The glitter balls begin to spin, bathing the New Theatre in sparkles of light, the band starts to play It's Raining Men, and three divas are lowered from the heavens in stunning white and silver flowing gowns to belt out the song and you know you are in ...

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The Perfect Murder – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Ian Talbot Writer: Shaun McKenna, from the book by Peter James Reviewer: Maggie Constable So what is the perfect murder? If one accepts there is such a thing then we find out at Milton Keynes theatre this week where Peter James’ award-winning and top-selling novella Perfect Murder is playing, having been adapted for the stage for the first time ...

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The Swinging Big Bands and the Songs of Frank Sinatra with the Gordon Campbell Big Band – Birmingham Town Hall

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The description on the website of Birmingham’s Town Hall/Symphony Hall describes this concert as “The Gordon Campbell Big Band visits [Birmingham] Town Hall performing the songs of Frank Sinatra”, which, it could be argued is a touch misleading given the concert’s actual title and its actual content. Indeed, the music associated with Sinatra formed only a small, ...

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The Threepenny Opera – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Music: Kurt Weill Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht, translated by Jeremy Sams Book: Bertolt Brecht, translated by Robert David MacDonald Directors: Peter Rowe and Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Brecht based his Threepenny Opera on the earlier English work, The Beggar’s Opera by John Gay. Written in German, it has frequently been translated into English, with two of its songs, ‘Mack the ...

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Compagnie Käfig’s Boxe Boxe – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Mourad Merzouki Choreographer and Artistic Director: Mourad Merzouki Reviewer: Maggie Constable Avoiding too many boxing metaphors, it is safe to say that anyone going to see the Boxe Boxe show brought to Milton Keynes Theatre this week by French dance company Käfig, is likely to be knocked out! Who would have imagined a mix of dance and boxing accompanied ...

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The Mummy – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Jack Milner Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Nicole Evans What do you get if you cross Bram Stoker, A Carry On film and a stage show? Something close to Joe Harmston’s new production The Mummy which showcases itself at The Belgrade Theatre this evening. Billed as “The mother of all comedy horrors” and promising an “evening of insane adventure and ...

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