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Private Peaceful – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director/Adapter: Simon Reade Reviewer: James Garrington In this centenary year of the outbreak of World War One, it is inevitable that there will be a raft of shows commemorating the event. Private Peaceful is one such play. It is based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, a man who has written a huge number of children’s stories, ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Fergus Morgan This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First Word War; fittingly, 2014 is also the 50th anniversary of the publication of Philip Larkin’s famously stirring poem MCMXIV, in which lines of volunteers queuing up to enlist are said to be "Grinning as if it were all / An ...

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Dial M for Murder – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Glancing at the posters for Dial M for Murder, one might imagine this is the latest in a line of plays adapted from successful films. In fact, that would be the very opposite of the truth: the play was written over sixty years ago before being adapted by the playwright for ...

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Rock of Ages– The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Chris d’Arienzo Director: Kristin Hanggi Reviewer: James Garrington Rock of Ages has an impressive history. The stage show ran for two years in the West End, and is still going strong on Broadway – and the film version starred Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta Jones. As it embarks on its first UK tour, how will it fare in the ...

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Séquence 8 – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Directors and choreographers: Shana Carroll and Sébastien Soldevila Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Séquence 8, from Montreal circus company Les 7 Doigts de la Main, is part of the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014. But is circus dance? Paul Burns, the festival’s Director of Programming and Production, explains that the festival ‘has always prided itself on having one of the most diverse ...

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Pygmalion – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Pete Benson Pygmalion is probably the most famous play written by Nobel Prize winning playwright George Bernard Shaw. This much loved work reflects Shaw’s passionate dedication to social justice. The play of a linguistics professor’s wager that he can pass off a lowly flower seller as a lady is over a century ...

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Water Babies – Curve, Leicester

Director: Ed Curtis Music: Chris Egan Book and lyrics: Guy Jones Reviewer: Karen McCandless It’s not often you can say that a seahorse, a lobster and a swordfish are the stars of the show. Such is the case at new musical Water Babies at Curve, Leicester. This is Curve’s second time hosting the world première of a new musical. First ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – Milton Keynes Theatre

Creators/Choreographers: Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace Director &Co-Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Maggie Constable Dance ‘Til Dawn is precisely what you will want to do after you have seen the show! Hot-footing it from Strictly Come Dancing are Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone, seen at Milton Keynes Theatre previously with their superb Midnight Tango, and now bringing us all the glitz ...

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