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Dealer’s Choice – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Patrick Marber Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Mary Tapper Men. How they interact. How they live life. How they play out their relationships. It’s all here on show in Dealer’s Choice and the results are witty, touching and entertaining. The play is set in a restaurant as we see preparations for the weekly poker game, held by the owner, for ...

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Woman In Mind – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Marilyn Imrie Reviewer: Sam Chipman Woman In Mind, Alan Ayckbourn’s first play to use first-person narrative, is regarded by many as one of his best; this from an impressive canon of 75 full length plays. Ayckbourn’s work, putting ordinary people into not so ordinary circumstances, has lea to the phrase “Ayckbourn Country” being coined for his ...

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Design For Murder – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Donald F. East Director: Ian Dickens Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Clive Richards is an intelligent older man with a trophy wife, Moira, who sees herself as artistic. He runs the family business in partnership with Philip Norden, who invested heavily and saved the business some time ago. Despite being the junior partner, Moira can’t help noticing Philip seems to be ...

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Thriller Live, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Pete Benson The seeds of Thriller Live were arguably nurtured out of love and passion when Adrian Grant set up the British Michael Jackson Fan Club. This took him on an amazing journey meeting Jackson, writing several books about him and then staging an annual Michael Jackson tribute show. With approval from the man himself that ...

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The Valley of Astonishment – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Directors: Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards The many capabilities of the human body is the overarching theme in the new work from Theatre Des Bouffes Du Nord (coming direct to Coventry from Paris for its UK premiere) directed by theatre royalty Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne. The Valley of Astonishment, taking its name from the epic ...

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Happy Days – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Garry Marshall Music and Lyrics: Paul Williams Director: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Happy Days seeks to satisfy our need for nostalgia, looking back to simpler times. It manages this in two ways – set in 1959, we see an idealised American small town community, but, for many of the audience, we are also carried back only forty years ...

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Catch-22 – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Joseph Heller Director: Rachel Chavkin Reviewer: Fergus Morgan On the initial publication of Joseph Heller’s satirical masterpiecein 1961, the New York Herald Tribune hailed Catch-22 as ‘a wild, moving, shocking, hilarious, raging, exhilarating, giant roller-coaster of a book’. Much of the same could be said of Heller’s own stage adaptation, currently on tour with Northern Stage at the Oxford ...

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Fragile – The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Geoff Thompson Director: Nigel Francis &Geoff Thompson Reviewer: James Garrington “I am special” says the man whose name the audience never hears. “Everything that happens to me is good.” He is special because that is what he was told. Told by someone he trusted, indeed idolised. Someone who then betrayed that trust. Now the only way he can try ...

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