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Jekyll & Hyde – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Evan Placey, based on the novella by Robert Louis Stevenson Director: Tessa Walker Reviewer: Selwyn Knight We all feel we already know the story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde after countless adaptations of its central story – had the word been coined in 1886, one might even have described it as an early meme. But one feature of ...

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American Idiot – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day  Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Green Day’s exciting rock musical, American Idiot is on the road for its third UK tour, celebrating its 10th anniversary. The fast-paced show stops by Milton Keynes Theatre to rock the stage and bring Green Day’s 2004 album of the same ...

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The Girl on the Train – Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writers: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, based on the book by Paula Hawkins Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: James Garrington Rachel Watson’s life is a mess. Divorced, she’s living surrounded by rubbish, a large number of empty bottles, and blank periods in her memory. She longs for a different life – a life of love and happy-ever-after, of a partner and ...

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Rotterdam – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Jon Brittain Director: Donnacadh O’Briain Reviewer: Selwyn Knight For most of us, where we live is a positive choice; for the characters in Rotterdam, however, their choice to live there has been one of a perceived necessity. They’re living there because there’s nowhere else they can see to go. As one character says, Rotterdam is a port, everything is ...

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Rough Crossing – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Tom Stoppard Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Dave Smith It is entirely possible that somewhere deep within Rough Crossing there’s actually a work of genius still just waiting to be unearthed by the right director and the right cast. This can’t be entirely ruled out as a theory because Tom Stoppard has, of course, written some of the finest British plays ...

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American Idiot – The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day  Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Green Day‘s explosive rock musical American Idiot is back in Birmingham as it celebrates its 10th anniversary and also the 15th anniversary of the influential, Grammy-award winning concept album on which it is based. Winner of two Tony Awards, American Idiot tells the ...

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Wise Children – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Emma Rice, adapted from the novel by Angela Carter Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Wise Children is the acclaimed final novel by Angela Carter, now adapted by Emma Rice as the inaugural production of her new company, also called Wise Children, following her tenure as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The plot concerns twin girls, Nora and Dora ...

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Timpson the Musical – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book, Lyrics and Directors: Sam Cochrane and Chris Baker Music: Theo Caplan and Tom Slade Reviewer: Tim Harding Are you a Montashoe or a Keypulet? That is the amusing question posed by the portrait of William Timpson, founder of the eponymous High Street retailer, at the start of this 110 minute romp through Victorian London. Imagine Tesco the Panto! written by ...

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