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Kinky Boots – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Harvey Fierstein Music & Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Director & Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Kinky Boots is bright, brash and brilliantly enjoyable. Based on the 2005 film of the same name, which was itself inspired by a 1999 BBC documentary, Trouble at the Top, Kinky Boots tells the story of how a traditional Northampton shoe factory reinvents itself ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – Aylesbury Waterside

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Pete Benson It seems like Mischief Theatre can do no wrong and with this current tour of The Comedy About A Bank Robbery that is not going to change anytime soon. If you saw The Play That Goes Wrong and were wondering if the latest show will just be more of ...

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The Life I Lead – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: James Kettle Directors: Didi Hopkins and Selina Cadell Reviewer: Selwyn Knight When one thinks of David Tomlinson, one probably thinks of Mr Banks in Mary Poppins, for Tomlinson by then had already carved his niche playing, as he described them, ‘my dim-witted upper-class twit performances’. And when one hears that there’s to be a play celebrating the life of ...

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The Comedy About a Bank Robbery – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Nicole Craft Mitch is in the slammer. Enlisting the help of one of the prison guards, Cooper, he concocts a plan to bust out and go and steal a precious diamond from the city bank owned by his girlfriend’s father. Cooper hasn’t told a soul…apart from his colleague, who ...

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Under the Umbrella – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Amy Ng Director: Justine Themen Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Three generations of a single family; three generations which have lived through tumultuous times in China’s history; three generations, each bearing scars of the events of their youth and their response to it. A clash of cultures, disputes within the family. Amy Ng’s play, Under the Umbrella, grew from an original ...

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Me and My Doll – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer and Director: Lucy Bird Reviewer: Selwyn Knight By many measures, Kate is successful. She holds her own in an extremely competitive male-dominated office, doing her best to fit in, working long hours and swearing like a trooper – she’s even Johnno’s Best Man. But Kate is also socially inept and lonely; she might have it all professionally, but personally, her life ...

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The Remains of the Day – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Barney Norris, from the book by Kazuo Ishiguro Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: James Garrington The Remains of the Day is, without doubt, an extraordinary piece of theatre. This world premiere production is based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece, and it is done extremely well. Like the book, it contains a great many themes and strands, sometimes interwoven and sometimes standing alone and ...

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