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Blockbuster The Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music &Lyrics: Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman Book: David Soames Director: Paul Nicholas Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can see why, in an age of increasing uncertainty, theatre producers might turn to the juke box musical. The target audience is already familiar with the songs, and if you can get a big enough star to front it, you have a ready-made ...

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The Mousetrap – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt Smith Reviewer: Jennie Philpot Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is known the world over. From a play studied in many a school classroom to becoming the world’s longest running stage production; since 1952 this classic ‘whodunit’ has perplexed many a would-be detective! When Mollie Ralston (played wonderfully by Helen Clapp) and her husband decide to ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Richard Bean Director &Choreographer: Adam Penford Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, Richard Bean’s One Man, Two Guvnors is pantomime for adults, with plenty of farce, slapstick, confusion, and laugh out loud comedy that’ll have you exiting the theatre with a huge grin on your face and a new appreciation for over the ...

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The Kite Runner – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Khaled Hosseini Adaptor: Matthew Spangler Director: Giles Croft Reviewer: James Garrington “It is wrong what they say about the past, about how you can bury it” says Amir, “because the past claws its way back”. Trying to come to terms with our past, and how we behaved then, is the theme at the heart of Khaled Hosseini’s book and ...

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The Shepherd’s Warning – Ettington Park Hotel, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: Ben Muir Reviewer: Selwyn Knight After Dark Entertainments is a well-known award-winning and prolific provider of murder mystery evenings with a range of possible murders to solve. But until now, the characters, stories and plots of the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie, have not been presented in this way.. until now that After Dark has a license from Agatha ...

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Around the World in 80 Days – The Theatre Chipping Norton

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Toby Hulse Director: John Terry Reviewer: Matt Dicks Book the tickets, stoke the coals and sally forth for the theatre: Director John Terry’s vision of Jules Verne’s famous story is a kinetic, boisterous, joke-fuelled treat. Travellers of all ages should hop aboard for a frantic romp spanning an ever-shrinking globe. We’re in the Victorian age, and ...

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The Magic of Queen – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Reviewer: Phil Lowe To a packed audience at Curve, the Queen tribute band, Rhapsody, demonstrate that in the business of Rock and Roll tribute bands they are indeed – the business! They rock this venue brilliantly with their two hour show – The Magic of Queen. The group have a new performer as Freddie Mercury in the charismatic form of ...

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Propaganda Swing – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Peter Arnott Director: Hamish Glen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Nazi Germany understood the need for a propaganda war to support the physical war as they sought to dishearten the allies and break their spirit. Central to this was, of course, the “Germany Calling, Germany Calling” broadcasts of William Joyce – Lord Haw Haw – but his rhetoric was somewhat dry ...

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