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The Church of the Sturdy Virgin – VAULT Festival, London

Creators: Dank Parish Reviewer:  Richard Maguire On paper, this immersive show sounds very good; A play which will challenge our well-established mourning rituals, and which will endeavour to create new ones for the 21stCentury. And as we join the funeral procession along the graffitied tunnel under Waterloo station, we are full of trepidation of what will follow.  But despite this ...

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Kinky Boots – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Harvey Fierstein Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Director & Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Kinky Boots is bright, brash and brilliantly enjoyable. Based on the 2005 film of the same name, which was itself inspired by a 1999 BBC documentary, Trouble at the Top, Kinky Boots tells the story of how a traditional Northampton shoe factory reinvents itself ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Aylesbury Waterside

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Pete Benson It seems like Mischief Theatre can do no wrong and with this current tour of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery that is not going to change anytime soon. If you saw The Play That Goes Wrong and were wondering if the latest show will just be more of ...

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Circa  – Old Red Lion, London

Writer: Tom Ratcliffe Director:  Andy Twyman Reviewer:  Richard Maguire There’s a school of thought that thinks that there should be a limit on LGBTQ+ plays and films that depict their characters as lonely and suicidal. Such narratives as these can only perpetuate the beliefs that gay lives are sad and self-destructive. LGBTQ+ people, this argument suggests, will mirror the narratives ...

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Club Tropicana The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Michael Gyngell Music: Greg Arrowsmith Director: Samuel Holmes Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Georgie Bird Club Tropicana The Musical delivers what anyone would expect – wonderfully cheesy 80s music, fun energetic choreography, and plenty of laughs. The set perfectly complements the music; loud, colourful and fun. The costumes are an adept reminder of the many questionable fashion choices in the ...

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Rough Crossing – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Steve Turner Set on a transatlantic liner during the 1930s, Rough Crossing is the story of the attempt by two playwrights to get their new work ready for Broadway. Given that it’s a four-day crossing and they don’t have a satisfactory ending, the beginning still needs knocking into shape and they haven’t got ...

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Rain Man –The Lowry, Salford

Writer:  Dan Gordon Director: Jonathan O Boyle Reviewer: Matt Forrest Back in 1988 Barry Levinson directed the hugely commercial and critically successful film Rain Man. The film was a vehicle for Hollywood heavyweights Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. It was the highest grossing film of 1988 and bagged four Academy awards. However, more importantly, it managed to bring autism to ...

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The Lady Vanishes – Richmond Theatre

Writer: Sidney Gilliat and Frank Launder Adaptor: Antony Lampard Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: David Guest A suspense-filled comedy thriller with tongue firmly in cheek is just the ticket for audiences who enjoy quality edge of the seat drama. The Lady Vanishes is an adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 film, itself adapted from the 1936 mystery novel The Wheel Spins by ...

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