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My Beautiful Laundrette – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Music: Tennant/Lowe Writer: Hanif Kureishi Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: James Garrington My Beautiful Laundrette originally saw the light of day as a low-budget movie shown as part of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Met with great acclaim, it was subsequently released to the cinemas where it became quite a success and was nominated for several awards. We’re in the 1980s in ...

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Stardust – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Shahid Iqbal Khan and Sâmir Bhamra Music and Lyrics: Robby Khela Director: Sâmir Bhamra Reviewer: James Garrington This week at the Belgrade we find the world premiere of Stardust, which is billed as the “first South Asian-led production to depict a same-sex marriage on a British stage.” It may seem strange to a white British audience to realise how many cultures exist where ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Andy Barrow Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Oddsocks Productions continues its quest to ‘tell good stories in a fun interactive way’ with their latest offering, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. While they typically perform outdoors with a colourful array of larger-than-life characters, on this occasion they are resident in the Belgrade Theatre’s less formal B2 studio space, but they ...

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42nd Street – Albany Theatre, Coventry

Book: Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble Music: Harry Warren Lyrics: Al Dubin Director: Ethan J Smith Reviewer: Selwyn Knight 42nd Street is an unashamedly feelgood musical. Based on the book from 1932 and subsequent film of 1933, it harks back to a glamorous era on the Great White Way. With its focus on song and dance, with plenty of tap ...

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The Worst Witch – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Emma Reeves based on the novel by Jill Murphy Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Tim Harding Panto season may have ended a few months ago, but The Belgrade Theatre in Coventry was packed with families tonight, many cheering and booing along with the antics on stage. They are here to welcome the arrival in Coventry of the girls and staff from Cackle’s ...

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Wise Children – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Emma Rice, adapted from the novel by Angela Carter Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Wise Children is the acclaimed final novel by Angela Carter, now adapted by Emma Rice as the inaugural production of her new company, also called Wise Children, following her tenure as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe. The plot concerns twin girls, Nora and Dora ...

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Noughts & Crosses – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Sabrina Mahfouz from the novel by Malorie Blackman Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Imagine an alternative Britain. A Britain in which discrimination on the basis of your skin colour is rife. Where the underclass isn’t allowed mobile phones or even such luxuries as milk every day. Where schools and jobs are segregated. In this Britain, the ruling class ...

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