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Betrayal – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Rich Bunn Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Hot on the heels of their success with The Public Reviews’ Central Region Fringe Best Fringe or Studio Production 2013, Tea at Five, the Old Joint Stock Theatre Company returns with Harold Pinter’s “memory play”, Betrayal, which Pinter wrote in 1978. Although fictional, it is inspired by the events in his ...

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The Moscow City Ballet, Swan Lake – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Music: Tchaikovsky Artistic Director: Ludmila Nerubashenko Reviewer: Rosella Barnes The Moscow City Ballet truly excel themselves with this stunning performance of Swan Lake. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, now under the dedicated eye of Ludmila Nerubashenko, Moscow City Ballet’s distinctive style of Russian classical ballet can’t help but please everyone in the audience. With the unmistakable score by Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake ...

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La Traviata – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, this English version by Robin Norton-Hale Director: Robin Norton-Hale Reviewer: James Garrington Based on La Dame aux Camelias by Dumas, La Traviata was first performed in 1853 and tells the story of the love between Violetta, a courtesan, and Alfredo, a young man who has become obsessed with her. After initial rejection, Alfredo is accepted by Violetta ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Maggie Constable The Queen is in Milton Keynes next week! Well the Queen of the Desert, Priscilla herself anyway. She is in fact a bus and filled with queens! And direct from the West End with its whole range of hit songs and dazzling costumes the musical has arrived at ...

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Near Gone – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Devised by: Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Interestingly enough, Near Gone, this latest offering from Two Destination Language, whether intentionally or not, poses the question of whether knowing something to be a true story, or based on true events, alters your mind set when approaching a piece of art. It merits mentioning that this reviewer only ...

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The Snowman – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Raymond Briggs Music and lyrics: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: James Garrington It is over thirty years since The Snowman first appeared on our screens as an animation, on Boxing Day in 1982. Since then, it has remained a popular family treat for Christmas, not only as the original book and animation, but also the very popular stage ...

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Rodgers, Hammerstein and Hart – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Richard Rodgers, one of musical theatre’s finest composers, enjoyed two careers with two quite different lyricists: firstly with Lorenzo Hart from their first meeting in 1919 to Hart’s death in 1943; and then with Oscar Hammerstein II from 1943 until Hammerstein’s death in 1960. Between them, these three men moved the musical on to include sharper storylines ...

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Bond and Beyond – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Performed by The London Concert Orchestra Big Band Conductor: John Rigby Reviewer: James Garrington Beautiful women, fabulous special effects, fancy gadgets, exotic locations; everyone has their own view of what makes a Bond movie special. It is over fifty years since the first Bond movie appeared on our screens in 1962, featuring Sean Connery and the famous scene with Ursula ...

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