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Dirty Dancing – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer: Clare White Dirty Dancing, the film,  enjoyed reasonable box office success when it was released in 1987, but it was its subsequent soundtrack that elevated the coming-of-age tale into a much-loved cult classic. Now, three decades later, that soundtrack is well used in the latest stage adaptation of film featuring over 40 songs including ...

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Glengarry Glen Ross – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: David Mamet Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Maggie Constable Be warned! If you are heading to Milton Keynes Theatre this week, you may feel you are being inveigled into buying some very dodgy property such as Glen Ross Farm. On the other hand, it could just be that you are watching four U.S purveyors of real estate compete with each ...

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Pepper & Honey – Derby Theatre

Writer: Kristina Gavran Director: Tilly Branson Reviewer: Hannah Powell What does home mean for those whose lives are left precariously in the balance by looming post-Brexit Britain? Notnow Collective present the premiere of their new one-woman show Pepper & Honey on the day after the UK was planned to leave the European Union. Twelve Years, Seven rented apartments, Five jobs, and three different ...

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Noughts & Crosses – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Sabrina Mahfouz from the novel by Malorie Blackman Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Imagine an alternative Britain. A Britain in which discrimination on the basis of your skin colour is rife. Where the underclass isn’t allowed mobile phones or even such luxuries as milk every day. Where schools and jobs are segregated. In this Britain, the ruling class ...

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In The Willows – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick Lyrics: Keiran Merrick and Poppy Burton-Morgan Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Nicole Craft Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, like it or loathe it, certainly fits the bill of ‘Classic Children’s Novel’. First published well over a hundred years ago yet still many-a-child’s bedtime story memory, a reimagining of any nature is ...

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Edmond de Bergerac – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Alexis Michalik, translated by Jeremy Sams Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Dave Smith Most people know the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, probably the most celebrated play in the French language. Written in rhyming couplets, it’s about how the physically unappealing Cyrano (he has a very big nose) helps a friend’s love life by writing his romantic letters for him, ...

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The Taming of the Shrew – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Katy Roberts William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is a notoriously tricky play, and a bold choice for the second production in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2019 season, directed by Justin Audibert. Not least because of the decision to turn the play’s central conflict - between a fiery, headstrong woman, Katherine, and ...

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The Girl on the Train – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, based on the book by Paula Hawkins Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Rachel’s life is in ruins. Her once perfect marriage to Tom is over thanks to her alcoholism and her behaviour when drunk; indeed, she gets so drunk, she has blackouts and often can’t remember exactly what she has done. To add ...

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