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Twelfth Night – Rose Playhouse, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Adam Nichols Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Though it touches on some very nice ideas, and finishes with an extremely strong idea executed well, the production as a whole feels scrappy, rushed and unbalanced. Wrapping in contemporary music throughout, with some strong vocal performances, gives it a freshness and some life but isn’t enough to revive it completely. ...

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The Worst Witch – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Emma Reeves based on the novel by Jill Murphy Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Tim Harding Panto season may have ended a few months ago, but The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry was packed with families tonight, many cheering and booing along with the antics on stage. They are here to welcome the arrival in Coventry of the girls and staff from Cackle’s ...

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Ghosts – Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Mike Poulton, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Katy Roberts When it was first published in 1882, Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts caused immediate controversy and attracted fierce condemnation from critics and the public alike. Now staged in the Royal and Derngate’s intimate Royal Theatre as part of their 2019 Made in Northampton season, this new ...

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An Honest Gentleman – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket

Writers: Cordelia Spence and Tim Lane Director:  Cordelia Spence Reviewer: Michael Gray Stuff of Dreams’ latest touring production tells the story of local boy turned bad Thomas Easter, fulfilling his childhood dream of becoming a legendary highwayman. He was a real historical character, born in “Alsum” (Aylsham), though his short life is considerably fleshed out and embellished here. The Gentleman ...

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Jekyll & Hyde – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Evan Placey, based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight We all feel we already know the story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde after countless adaptations of its central story – had the word been coined in 1886, one might even have described it as an early meme. But one feature of ...

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American Idiot – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day  Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Green Day’s exciting rock musical, American Idiot is on the road for its third UK tour, celebrating its 10th anniversary. The fast-paced show stops by Milton Keynes Theatre to rock the stage and bring Green Day’s 2004 album of the same ...

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Hair the Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Book / Lyrics: Gerome Ragni and James Rado Music: Galt MacDermot Reviewer: Helen Tope It’s 1967 and the Hippie Movement is at its height. Young Americans, disappointed and disillusioned, are seeking a different path. Rather than live out the lives of their parents, they want to live freely, with no limits or expectations. We meet a group of hippies, co-habiting under one ...

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Richmond Theatre

Writer: Oscar Wilde Adaptor/Director: Sean Adyon Reviewer: Sophia Moss “I’m not heartless, but this isn’t affecting me like it should,” Dorian admits. It’s something we can all relate to in one way or another, but for Dorian it marks the beginning of his descent into a hedonistic lifestyle of sex, drugs and god knows what else. The Picture of Dorian ...

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