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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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Read All About It – Coventry Evening Telegraph Building, Coventry

Writer: Jennifer Farmer (City Final),   Directors: Leon Phillips, Naomi Wood, Paul O’Donnell, Reena Jaisiah, Claire Proctor, Natalie Russo (City Final), Oliver Scott (Retold) Choreographer: Olver Scott (Retold) Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The 1950s was a big decade in Coventry’s history. Much of the city, including its historic St Michael’s Cathedral, most of its industrial capacity and over 4000 homes, was flattened in ...

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Whisky Galore – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Philip Goulding from the book by Compton MacKenzie Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The programme notes for Whisky Galore tell us about a troupe of strolling players, The Osiris Players, which was an all-female theatre group touring adaptations of the classics to schools and other community spaces. Formed in the mid-1920s, the women-only rule might have been caused ...

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The Tempest – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: William Shakespeare, adapted by Andy Barrow Director: Andy Barrow Reviewer: James Garrington Since it was established 29 years ago, Oddsocks has become famous for its unusual and comic versions of the classic Shakespeare plays – often to some acclaim. This year, alongside a rerun of last year’s Romeo and Juliet, we have a new production of The Tempest. It ...

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Horrible Histories: More Best of Barmy Britain – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Terry Deary and Neal Foster Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Nicole Craft “Whoa…look at the setup!”; The first words uttered by a younger member of this reviewer’s party as we enter the auditorium. It’s not the most staggering stage-set ever witnessed, but the two medieval tents and the array of costumes already present, hanging from two elaborate hat stands, are ...

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The Leftovers – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Nic Harvey Music: Rob Green Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Nicole Craft How do you behave when somebody you love, or didn’t love all that much, or actually utterly loathed on occasion but now can’t possibly say that or you might as well be Satan, dies? There are books and ‘stages’ to tell you how you should feel, when you ...

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The Magic Flute – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Librettist: Glyn Maxwell Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Director: Valentina Ceschi Reviewer: James Garrington Opera Up Close may have moved on from their roots performing in tiny pub theatres, but that doesn’t mean that they’ve distanced themselves from their audience. They pride themselves on producing accessible new versions of classic opera, and The Magic Flute is certainly no exception. Forget any ideas you ...

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