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Octopus Soup! – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Jack Milner and Mark Stevenson, Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Nicole Craft Seymour Norse (Nick Hancock) is about to receive the most important phone call of his life. He’s persuaded his bigwig boss to give him 20 minutes of her time to pitch an idea that he thinks will save the company’s (and his own) bacon. He’s rinsed his mouth out, pressed ...

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The Rocky Horror Show – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book, Music and Lyrics: Richard O'Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty For 46 years, cult musical, The Rocky Horror Show has been delighting and shocking audiences all over the world. Time Warp-ing into Milton Keynes, clad in stockings, suspenders and leather, Christopher Luscombe’s show is as fantastic as ever. He takes Richard O’ Brien’s story, a homage to sci-fi B-movies, and puts ...

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The Verdict – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Margaret May Hobbs from the book by Barry Reed Director: Michael Lunney Reviewer: James Garrington Although originally written as a book, The Verdict is perhaps best known as a film starring Paul Newman and James Mason. David Mamet’s Oscar-nominated screenplay was adapted from a novel by Barry Reed – a novel which has now been adapted for the stage, ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Katy Roberts Since its world premiere in 1995, Matthew Bourne’s thrilling production of Swan Lake has gone from strength to strength. Plagued by walkouts from male audience members during its first run, Bourne’s decision to take the traditional love story of the white swan, Odette, and her Prince and turn it completely ...

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The House on Cold Hill – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Shaun McKenna from the book by Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: James Garrington Moving house is said to be one of the most stressful things that you can do. Some moves, though, can be more stressful than others, as Ollie Harcourt and his family find out. They have bought the house of their dreams – and from being ...

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Sinatra: RAW – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Richard Shelton Reviewer: James Garrington On a cold and miserable January evening in Birmingham, you might want to wish yourself somewhere warmer for a while – and that’s exactly what you can do in the Old Joint Stock Theatre. Here you will find Richard Shelton in his new play Sinatra: RAW, which imagines Sinatra’s last intimate gig before his ...

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Abigail’s Party – The Alexandra, Birmingham

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: James Garrington When it was first written in 1977 Mike Leigh’s masterpiece was very much a commentary of the time. This was a time when social mobility started to become a real ambition for many, when the aspirational middle-classes wanted to have the latest and best of everything and would do everything they ...

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An Indian Abroad – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Pariah Khan Director: Eduardo Gama Reviewer: James Garrington We all know about the gap year when students take a break from studies to travel the world and experience exotic places. It’s often perceived as a Western thing – but what would happen if an Indian student took a year out to visit the exotic island of Great Britain? Written and ...

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