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Octopus Soup! – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Jack Milner and Mark Stevenson, Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Nicole Craft Seymour Norse (Nick Hancock) is about to receive the most important phone call of his life. He’s persuaded his bigwig boss to give him 20 minutes of her time to pitch an idea that he thinks will save the company’s (and his own) bacon. He’s rinsed his mouth out, pressed ...

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CD REVIEW: Working, A Musical – Original London Cast Recording

Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor Reviewer: Mark Clegg Based on Stud Terkel’s 1974 book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, Working: A Musical was the brainchild of Stephen Schwartz way back in 1975. The book and ...

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Working – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Studs Terkel Adaptors: Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the eyes of America’s current President, the triple whammy of globalisation, de-industrialisation and illegal immigration has snuffed out working life in large parts of his country. Therefore, there can be nothing more timely than the reminder of the values of work that comes from ...

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Cymbeline – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Hiram Abeysekera and Bethan Cullinane as Posthumous and Innogen

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Melly Still Reviewer: James Garrington Cymbeline is one of the less well-known of Shakespeare’s playsand is performed far less often than some of the more popular pieces. In fact, the last time it was performed at the RSC was 10 years ago – and even then it wasn’t the RSC themselves that put it on. Judging ...

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Hamlet – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: John Roberts When it was announced earlier in the year that Maxine Peake was to join the team at The Royal Exchange Theatre as an associate artist and that her first performance would be playing the titular rôle in one of Shakespeare’s finest tragedies the word of mouth was nothing short of exciting. ...

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NEWS: Royal Exchange add more performances for Peake’s Hamlet

Becoming the fastest selling show in over 10 years. The Royal Exchange’s forthcoming production of Hamlet starring Maxine Peake in the titular rôle has already sold 24,000 tickets. Sarah Frankom’s bold re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Tragedy has announced extra performances due to the huge demand for tickets and will see the production open on the 11th September and now run until ...

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The Last Days of Troy – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Simon Armitage Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Royal Exchange has high hopes for The Last Days of Troy. Simon Armitage’s re-telling of the Trojan War legend transfers to The Globe in London after its Manchester run. The production features a large cast supplemented by local volunteers who swell battle scenes and achieve rapid changes. Armitage, and director ...

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Rodgers, Hammerstein and Hart – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Richard Rodgers, one of musical theatre’s finest composers, enjoyed two careers with two quite different lyricists: firstly with Lorenzo Hart from their first meeting in 1919 to Hart’s death in 1943; and then with Oscar Hammerstein II from 1943 until Hammerstein’s death in 1960. Between them, these three men moved the musical on to include sharper storylines ...

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