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Dry Rot – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: John Chapman Director: Keith Myers Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] English farce came to prominence in the 1950s and 60s; maybe its light, frothy and undemanding nature was a reaction to the straitened times the country had just endured. A partnership between the writers, John Chapman and Ray Cooney, and actor-manager, Brian (now Baron) Rix began, spawning the Whitehall farces ...

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Calendar Girls – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Few people can be unaware of the story of the Calendar Girls: the death in 1998 of John Baker from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the husband of one of the ladies of the Rylstone &District Women's Institute, inspires her and her friends to produce the Alternative WI Calendar of 2000. They became ...

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Murder on the Nile – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] Agatha Christie took Murder on the Nile through several incarnations before it reached its final form. Originally called Moon on the Nile, the first version featured Hercule Poirot, whom she removed over concerns as to how the dapper detective would appear on stage. She subsequently reworked it with a new ...

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Abba Mania – Belgrade Theatre Coventry

Music &Lyrics: Benny Andersson &Bjorn Ulvaeus Reviewer: Jenny Antill [rating: 2] Abba’s musical legacy is one that has been around for over forty years. It has now been thirty-one years since the group itself last toured but their appeal remains incredibly broad, what with the Mamma Mia stage production and, more recently, the star-studded film of the same name. This ...

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20th Century Boy – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Peter Rowe Music &Lyrics: Marc Bolan Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] 20th Century Boy tells the story of Marc Bolan through the eyes of Rolan Bolan: the son who never knew him. As the show opens, we see Rolan in Los Angeles obsessing over footage and reports of Bolan’s premature death in 1977. His mother ...

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Fragile – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Geoff Thompson Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] Geoff Thompson’s partly autobiographical play is hard-hitting, uncomfortable viewing. By the age of thirty, and convinced that there must be more to life than menial jobs, Coventry-man Thompson decided to become a martial arts instructor, followed by living out his dream of becoming a writer, subsequently winning a BAFTA for ...

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We Love You City -Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nick Walker Music: Derek Nisbet Director: Paul Warwick Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:5] What better day to watch We Love You City, the Belgrade Theatre and Talking Birds Theatre Company’s homage to Coventry City’s FA cup win in 1987 than the exact twenty-fifth anniversary? These feelings were obviously shared by many from the town as the B2 studio at the ...

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Bette and Joan – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Anton Burge Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Two ageing Hollywood stars have been feuding for thirty years. Although they have some similarities in their backgrounds and lives, their philosophies towards life and Hollywood couldn’t be more different. One, Bette Davis, sees herself as a serious actress, willing to do whatever is necessary for the part. The other, ...

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