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Towards Zero – The Mill at Sonning

Writer: Agatha Christie and Gerald Verner Director: Brian Blessed Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Towards Zero is one of Agatha Christie’s most ingenious mysteries, a seaside tale of family dispute, inheritance troubles and competing wives. The Mill at Sonning has made these stories a regular part of its summer season and now Brian Blessed directs a version adapted by Christie and writer ...

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An Afternoon with Brian Blessed – The Lowry, Salford.

Reviewer: Sam Lowe “Can you hear me?” Brian Blessed asks the loyal audience. The whole of Salford can. If he’s not known for his larger than life personality, he’s renowned for his tremendous, reverberating, operatic, and sonorous voice. It is simply iconic. Blessed has had a long and successful career as an actor, writer, presenter, and comedian. This afternoon’s talk ...

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The Unexpected Guest – The Mill at Sonning

Writer: Agatha Christie Director: Brian Blessed Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Unexpected Guest is a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery set in a fog-shrouded 1950’s South Wales. One-time big-game hunter Richard Warwick, now in a wheelchair after having been mauled by a lion in Kenya, is found dead in his study by Michael Starkwedder (Séan Browne), the show’s staccato-voiced titular character. ...

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Eugenius! – The Other Place, London

Book, music and lyrics: Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: David Guest The brassy strapline for Eugenius! asserts that you already want to see the new show again before you’ve even entered the theatre. It’s a bold claim for a homegrown musical about which there has been a buzz since a one-off concert version at the Palladium ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This play is where Shakespeare meets pantomime. It is a blend of high farce, brooding villains, and star-crossed, not to mention, double-crossed lovers. Nick Bagnall uses the enormous space of the new Everyman stage to swirl the action from a mood of high-camp comedy to dark and edgy. Occasionally our players ...

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Forever Young – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Erik Gedeon. (Adapted by Giles Croft and Stefan Bednarczyk) Director: Giles Croft Musical Director: Stefan Bednarczyk Choreographer: Adele Parry Reviewer: Janet Jepson It’s almost ominous, rather reminiscent of a ghost story, as a slow, heavy thudding becomes audible … but it’s only old Mr Bednarczyk hobbling in leaning heavily on his Zimmer frame. One by one he’s joined onstage ...

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Christmas Classics – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Adrian Lucas Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and its sister venue, the Town Hall, have a full catalogue of ways to celebrate and enjoy Christmas, with concerts and events to suit all tastes. The Christmas Classics concert might be aimed at those seeking to take a calmer, more introspective stance, combining carols (some requiring audience participation), sacred choral ...

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