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Billionaire Boy – The Musical – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Jon Brittain from the book by David Walliams Music: Miranda Cooper and Nick Coler Lyrics: Jon Brittain and Miranda Cooper Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Billionaire Boy – The Musical hits the Belgrade this week as part of a short national tour – and it’s a jolly, light-hearted romp with a serious message at its heart. Joe Spud is an ordinary boy, ...

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Glengarry Glen Ross – The Alexandra, Birmingham

Writer: David Mamet Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Four glib and fast-talking salesmen are increasingly desperate to sell what is frankly undesirable real estate to unsuspecting prospects. Their worldview is concentrated on getting to the top of the office leaderboard and winning a Cadillac. They’ll do anything to clinch the deal. But their fates are also in the hands ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Birmingham Hippodrome

Director/Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Hannah Powell The folk tale of Beauty and the Beast is a familiar one of family, danger and love, shared by a vast number of cultures stretching across the breadth of the globe. After being caught trespassing and in return for his life, Belle’s father is forced to send his youngest daughter to live within the ...

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Kite – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Creators and Directors: Rachael Canning and Hannah Mulder Reviewer: Nicole Craft After the death of her mother, a young girl (Amy Blair), whose name we will never discover, finds herself going to live with her Grandma (Rosy Fordham). Not even remotely ready to grieve, let alone to get used to the sights and sounds of living in an old fashioned home ...

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Avenue Q – The Alexandra, Birmingham

Book: Jeff Whitty Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer: Nicole Craft Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist, right? If such an idea offends, then Avenue Q might not be the show for you. With the stage arranged like a children’s TV show's friendly neighbourhood street, complete with screens to each side of the stage just ...

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The House on Cold Hill – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Shaun McKenna from the book by Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ollie needs a new challenge. He’s sold his advertising agency for megabucks and set himself up as a web designer – albeit one who can’t set up his own wifi. He and solicitor wife Caro have used the proceeds to buy Cold Hill House, an ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Geoff Mills Matthew Bourne’s transgressive, homoerotic reinterpretation of Swan Lake has been winning over audiences for more than twenty years. This latest incarnation will continue the tradition. Dominic North's unhappy prince is reticent, faltering, a delicate boy struggling to contend with the stiff realities of royal life. His mother (Nicole Kabera) is ...

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Blue/Orange – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Joe Penhall Director: Daniel Bailey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Christopher is excited – like a toddler overdosed on sugar, he can’t keep still, his joy in the world is palpable. The reason for his delight? After 28 days of being forcibly sectioned, he’s due for release into the community. He’s suffering from a variation of Borderline Personality Disorder, and all ...

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