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The Canterville Ghost – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Writers: Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell  from the novella by Oscar Wilde Director: Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell  Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Sir Simon de Canterville is having a hard time of it. Everyone wrongly believes he bludgeoned his beloved wife to death based on some flimsy evidence involving a bloodstained tablecloth. Even worse, he’s been dead for 300 years and unable ...

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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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Dr Dolittle – Albany Theatre, Coventry

Writer, Director and Music: Steve Kray Reviewer: Nicole Craft Dr John Dolittle is in a bit of a pickle. He borrowed some money from fat-cat Mr Slimepot to build a pig-pen and now Slimepot wants it back, with interest … or he’ll repossess his house. While pondering what to do and how to explain everything to his wife, Emily, Dolittle ...

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The Twits – Albany Theatre, Coventry

Writer: David Wood from the book by Roald Dahl Reviewer: Nicole Craft Roald Dahl has been a family favourite for generations, and nobody grosses us out quite like The Twits do. Already present on stage as the audience take their seats, Mr and Mrs Twit evoke many a groan and an ‘ewwww’ from children and adults alike as they bite ...

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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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