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The Commitments – Milton Keynes Theatre

brian gilligan and cast the commitments theatre royal glasgow

Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger  Reviewer: Maggie Constable For fantastic fun and a ‘whole lotta soul’ there is no better place to be this week than Milton Keynes Theatre to share in The Commitments musical direct from an incredibly successful two years in London theatreland where it has played to critical acclaim. The show is based on the much-loved ...

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Relatively Speaking – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Selwyn Knight  Ginny and Greg met a month ago but the attraction was immediate and they are now happily cohabiting. Not an unusual story nowadays, perhaps, but maybe more so in 1965 London, the setting for Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, his first West End hit play. First performed in 1967, Ginny and Greg’s storyline ...

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The Mousetrap – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Ian Watt-Smith Reviewer: Clare White Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running theatre production. It opened at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal in 1952 before embarking on its current record-breaking West End run and recently celebrated its 26,000th performance. The UK tour, seen by over one million people, marks the 60th anniversary of the popular whodunit, which ...

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Dirty Dancing – Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton

man and woman embracing while couples dance in background

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Dirty Dancing isn’t so much a stage adaptation of the now classic 1987 movie starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze as the two lovers from different worlds, but almost a complete transcription. Set in 1963 when America was under the watchful eye of John F. Kennedy, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Katie Hartland) is ...

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The Little Shop of Horrors – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Reviewer: Nicole Evans A somewhat unexpected and unprecedented success, Little Shop of Horrors started life as a low-budget B-movie back in 1960. Subsequent stage adaptations, and the better-known movie remake of 1986, have ensured the cult status it quickly gained has remained a large part of popular culture ...

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The Tell-Tale Heart – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writers: The Company from the short story by Edgar Allan Poe Director: Adam Carver Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Tell-Tale Heart, seems to be a fragment of a conversation between two people, an unreliable narrator and another. The narrator is keen to prove his sanity but to do that he must admit to the murder of ...

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The Next Step – Wild Rhythm Tour (Step 2) – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The Canadians have arrived in the UK in the form of The Next Step: Wild Rhythm Tour, much to the delight of their adoring audiences and Birmingham Symphony Hall is the perfect venue to see them in action and just about big enough to accommodate their legion of followers. This production centres on the hit TV series ...

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