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The Comedy of Errors – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: Nicole Evans The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays and his shortest ever written. A farce by name and nature, it is renowned for its slapstick humour, ridiculous antics and clever word play. Propeller, whose aim is to give audiences the chance to ‘rediscover Shakespeare’, bring their interpretation of the ...

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West Side Story – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Music: Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Pete Benson Probably the best musical ever written; West Side Story. An iconic musical with a huge weight of history bearing down on it. Not least because of the artistic giants that created it, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and choreographer Jerome Robbins who arguably between them reinvented ...

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Frozen – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Jeni Draper Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Bryony Lavery’s play, Frozen, originally premiered at Birmingham REP in 1998 and won the Theatrical Management Association’s Best New Play award. It follows three characters whose emotions are frozen in different ways and sees them progress and come to terms with their pasts. At the outset, we see each character deliver ...

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Cirque Berserk – Curve Leicester

Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Farhana Shaikh Be prepared to be amazed. Cirque Berserk is a circus like no other. It’s a place where traditional circus meets extreme stunts. The thirty-strong troupe of acrobats, stunt men, dancers, and aerialists defy your imagination and belief at every turn, and amaze you with what is possible live on stage. Close your eyes for ...

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Little Earthquake: The Tell-Tale Heart – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Philip Holyman, from the short story by Edgar Allen Poe Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Edgar Allen Poe’s gothic short story is the inspiration for this fresh adaptation from Little Earthquake. The Tell-Tale Heart describes the events leading up to the imprisonment and sectioning of Simon Flanagan (Laurence Saunders) a private nurse who, with an over-acuteness of ...

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The Last Five Years – The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Musical Director: Benjamin Grey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight A young couple, he an aspiring writer, she a struggling actress, meet, fall in love, marry, drift apart and separate. Straightforward Boy-Meets-Girl stuff, it seems. What sets Jason Robert Brown’s show apart is the rawness that comes from its highly personal, semi-autobiographical nature, drawing heavily on ...

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Beyond the Barricade – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Devised by: Andy Reiss &David Fawcett Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Celebrating their 15th year of touring the UK and mainland Europe, Beyond the Barricade spent one night at the Royal &Derngate, allowing the people of Northampton and beyond the chance to revel in some of the best of musical theatre tunes. This show is a fantastic amalgamation of songs, including those ...

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Wicked – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music &Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Maggie Constable "Wicked!!!!" so the kids say. And yes it is, because Wicked is now at Milton Keynes Theatre and will be for 5 weeks! The long-anticipated show which has been at the Victoria Apollo in London since 2006, one of the most popular musicals ever, has now sent ...

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