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Over The Top – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nick Walker Director: Katy Stephens Reviewer: Nicole Craft ‘Please be reassured that tonight we will not be rationing the jokes!’ This is the promise on the flyer for this year’s ‘alternative pantomime’ offering from Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre which, over the last six years, has made the ‘anti-panto’ a recurring event in its festive calendar. Some of the previous efforts ...

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Sleeping Beauty – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer and Director: Iain Lauchlan Reviewer: Nicole Craft It’s been a mere six years since Sleeping Beauty last pricked her finger on Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre stage and, by writer and director Iain Lauchlan’s own admission, keeping things different enough to continuing winning a regular, local audience over can be tricky. Nobody has any reason to question whether this year’s efforts will be ...

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The Habit of Art – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Philip Franks Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Neil has meticulously researched his latest play, Caliban’s Day, in which he imagines a meeting between poet W. H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten in 1973, shortly before the death of each and at the time Britten was writing Death in Venice. Today, the director can’t make it so the rehearsal ...

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We’ll Live and Die in These Towns – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Music & Lyrics: The Enemy Writer: Geoff Thompson Director: Hamish Glen Reviewer: Nicole Craft It’s been over 10 years since Coventry band The Enemy wowed critics with their debut album We’ll Live and Die in These Towns and around two years since the band announced their split, so it can hardly be said that the band were at the height ...

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Hymns for Robots – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Charles Craggs, Connor Alexander, Jessie Coller (Noctium Theatre) Director: Connor Alexander Reviewer: Nicole Craft Born, bred, blitzed. Delia Derbyshire, most famous for her part in the instantly recognisable Doctor Who theme tune, was born and raised in Coventry. A pioneer of her time, her life and work are still being both recognised and (re)discovered. Noctium theatre, a three-piece company who ...

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Salad Days – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book and Lyrics: Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade Music: Julian Slade Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can’t help wondering what on earth Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds were on when they wrote Salad Days in a month in 1954 to form the summer show at the Old Vic. Written at a time when Britain was still in the ...

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Flashdance the Musical – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Tom Hedley and Robert Cary Music: Robbie Roth Lyrics: Robert Cary and Robbie Roth Director: Hannah Chiswick Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The 1983 movie Flashdance was not a musical as such – the musical numbers were self-contained music videos, enabling the film to get much promotion via the then relatively new phenomenon of MTV, spawning such 1980s classics as Irene ...

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