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The Full Monty – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Simon Beaufoy based on the film, The Full Monty Director: Rupert Hill Reviewer: Clare White In 1997, Simon Beaufoy’s BAFTA-winning feel-good film about six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers captured both audience heart’s and critical accolades. The screen-to-stage adaptation, also penned by Beaufoy, has enjoyed similar success, incorporating the film’s best bits – including the dole queue dance, with a score ...

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The Lovely Bones – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bryony Lavery from the book by Alice Sebold Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Susie Salmon is a typical fourteen-year-old on the cusp of womanhood, not quite a child, not quite grown up, even if she has had her first kiss with Ray Singh. But Susie is very different to most fourteen-year-olds: Susie was brutally raped and murdered by ...

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Dr Dolittle – Albany Theatre, Coventry

Writer, Director and Music: Steve Kray Reviewer: Nicole Craft Dr John Dolittle is in a bit of a pickle. He borrowed some money from fat-cat Mr Slimepot to build a pig-pen and now Slimepot wants it back, with interest … or he’ll repossess his house. While pondering what to do and how to explain everything to his wife, Emily, Dolittle ...

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The Twits – Albany Theatre, Coventry

Writer: David Wood from the book by Roald Dahl Reviewer: Nicole Craft Roald Dahl has been a family favourite for generations, and nobody grosses us out quite like The Twits do. Already present on stage as the audience take their seats, Mr and Mrs Twit evoke many a groan and an ‘ewwww’ from children and adults alike as they bite ...

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The War of the Worlds – The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

A man stands listening to a short wave radio

Writer: Tin Robot Director: Adam Carver Reviewer: Nicole Craft The War of the Worlds, regardless of whether referencing H.G Wells’ novel or Jeff Wayne’s musical adaption, has worldwide fame and a huge fan base; so any attempt to try and adapt it needs to be well thought out and, in simple terms, good. Tin Robot’s attempt at this takes on ...

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The Messiah – Birmingham REP

Writer and Director: Patrick Barlow Reviewer: James Garrington Which is worse – Maurice Rose’s writing, or Ronald Bream’s acting? It’s hard to say – but when the two combine it leads to a version of the Christmas story that is a long way from the normal seasonal presentation. Maurice Rose (Hugh Dennis) is the founder, scriptwriter and leading light of The Maurice ...

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A Thing Mislaid – Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

Writers: Bethany Sheldon and Kathryn Lowe, devised with Teele Uustani, Raquel Pereira, Elena Casotto Directors: Bethany Sheldon and Kathryn Lowe Reviewer: Andrew Houghton “What is home when you don’t belong, and how do you find belonging again in a new place?" Despite its title, A Thing Mislaid is anything but lost, as Maison Foo deliver an imaginative and cleverly constructed tale of ...

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Kinky Boots – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Harvey Fierstein Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Director: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Nicole Craft Starting life as a motion picture back in 2005, Kinky Boots tells the tale of the rebirth of a Northampton shoe company which saves itself from the brink of collapse by creating a range of shoes for drag queens. With the stage musical having won many awards ...

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