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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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Withering Looks – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Maggie Fox and Sue Ryding Director: Noreen Kershaw Reviewer: Lizz Clark The Brontë sisters are an unimpeachable part of the British literary canon, their works echoing down the centuries. But there is also a reverent sense of mythology surrounding their own lives - three imaginative young women sequestered in a vicarage on the blasted moors of West Yorkshire. As ...

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Shakespeare in Love – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Lea Hall, adapted from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer: Dave Smith Up-and-coming Elizabethan playwright Will Shakespeare (Pierro Niel-Mee) is in the grip of a bad case of writer’s block and is struggling to come up with a plot for what he hopes will be his next big hit, Romeo and Ethel the ...

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Rob Kemp: The Elvis Dead – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rob Kemp Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Bruce Campbell, who starred in the Evil Dead movie franchise, also played Elvis Presley in a film where The King faked his own death and lived in a retirement home fighting the undead. Now, in The Elvis Dead,  Rob Kemp re-tells the second instalment of the movie franchise using songs made famous by Elvis Presley; ...

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They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Dario Fo Adapter: Deborah McAndrew Based on a translation by: Jon Laskin and Michael Aquilante Director: Conrad Nelson Designer: Jessica Worrall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Farce, in more than one sense, is a funny business. The 19th and 20th Century English and French farce tradition depended most often on outwardly respectable, probably middle-class characters embroiled in a situation that became incrementally ...

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Rock of Ages – Darlington Hippodrome

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Arrangements & Orchestrations: Ethan Popp Director & Choreographer: Nick Winston With the clarity of hindsight, anyone who lived through the 1980s will no doubt be able to now admit that it was a pretty silly decade. Big hair, big shoulder pads, embarrassing fashions: just plain silly. Rock of Ages, a musical celebrating the era and its music ...

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The Wipers Times – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: Selwyn Knight 1916. Ypres. A unit of the Sherwood Foresters, led by mining engineer Captain Frederick John Roberts, is looking to salvage timber or metal with which to shore up the trenches. They come across an abandoned printing press and, in a flash of eccentric British brilliance, Roberts, an engineer ...

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Andy Zaltzman: The Bugle Live –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest “A week is a long time in politics”, or so the saying goes: certainly on both sides of the Atlantic this week seems longer than usual, we’ve had the fallout from the Tory Party Conference ( surely we’ve all seen that dance by now!), the never-ending saga that is ‘Brexit’, and Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing at the Supreme ...

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