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Festive 14/15

IDGTF: The Astonished Heart – The Players Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Geoff O’Keeffe Reviewer: Laura Marriott The Astonished Heart by Noel Coward is a short performance running at just over an hour and playing to a packed audience as a part of Dublin’s International Gay Theatre Festival. The audience are taken into the lives of Barbara (Michelle Reade) and Christian (Colin Walsh), a loving but not entirely ...

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New Year’s Eve Gala – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: James Garrington New Year’s Eve. A time to reflect on the year that is ending, and look forward to what the New Year will bring: and if you’re lucky enough to have managed to get a ticket, a time to sit back and enjoy the traditional New Year’s Eve Gala in the wonderful surroundings of Symphony ...

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Ellington/ Stravinsky: School of Music Philharmonia – University of Leeds

Music: Ellington, Stravinsky Conductor:Simon Baines Reviewer: Rich Jevons One couldn’t help but notice a particularly appetising and unusual combination concert in the University of Leeds International Concert Series – namely Stravinsky and Ellengton. These two giants of 20th century American music both brought jazz influences into the classical realm, Ellington in the arrangement of his Black, Beige and Beige into ...

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Alice – Theatre in the Quarter at St Mary’s Centre, Chester

Writer: Lewis Carroll Adaptor: Stephanie Dale Composer: Matt Baker Director: Peter Leslie Wild Reviewer: John Roberts Theatre in the Quarter (the only full time professional theatre company in Chester) have arguably produced their strongest Christmas production with their adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass stories. On the outside Alice all seems rather familiar – the characters and the ...

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Winter’s Tales: D.H. Lawrence – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer: D. H. Lawrence Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The season of excess is all but over; barring one last hurrah on New Year’s Eve it is almost time to welcome back our annual period of dieting and abstinence. That change of tone is also reflected in London’s theatre scene; on the way out are the exuberant Christmas pieces with their ...

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Last Night of the Christmas Proms – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: John Rigby Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Who hasn’t watched Last Night of the Proms on TV in September and not wished they could be there, drinking in the party atmosphere at The Royal Albert Hall? Sadly, it’s not as easy as that – tickets are hard to come by and most of us have to enjoy the spectacle second hand. ...

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Top Hat – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott Music: Irving Berlin Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Sue Collier One rarely gives a show top marks as five stars should only be given to the most superb of productions. It is therefore a great pleasure to experience an evening of such quality entertainment as presented throughout the entire performance of Top ...

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The Hundred and One Dalmatians – Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Dodie Smith Adaptor: Brynony Lavery Director: Dale Rooks Composer: Matthew Scott Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan   The much loved Disney film, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, is brought to life on stage by Chichester Youth Theatre, with over 120 people in the cast. It tells the story of villain Cruella De Vil and her dastardly plot to turn the Dearly’s ...

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