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The Girl on the Train – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, based on the book by Paula Hawkins Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Rachel’s life is in ruins. Her once perfect marriage to Tom is over thanks to her alcoholism and her behaviour when drunk; indeed, she gets so drunk, she has blackouts and often can’t remember exactly what she has done. To add ...

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Victoria – Leeds Grand

Choreography, Direction & Scenario: Cathy Marston Dramaturgy & Scenario: Uzma Hameed Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Queen Victoria is most notably recognised as an iconic elderly lady who spent most of her life in mourning for her late husband Albert. Previously the longest-serving monarch in British history until Elizabeth II stole her great-great-grandmother’s crown in 2015. In celebration of ...

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Ladies’ Day – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Amanda Whittington Directors: Jason Capewell and Alasdair Harvey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Four disparate and apparently breezy ladies escape their humdrum lives in a fish packing company for a day, celebrating Pearl’s retirement by having a day at the races. During their day away, we find each has hidden depths as secrets are revealed. For each, the day is a turning ...

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Beautiful – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Douglas McGrath Music and Lyrics: Gerry Goffin & Carole King, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Clare White It’s fair to say that Carole King is responsible for some of the most memorable songs in musical history. Since the 1960s, over 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. Beautiful is ...

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84 Charing Cross Road – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: James Roose-Evans from the book by Helene Hanff Director: Richard Beecham Reviewer: Selwyn Knight In 1949, Helene Hanff was a young unperformed playwright in New York with a zest for self-improvement. She never went to college but loved the classics and more obscure literary titles. She chanced upon an advert for Marks and Co., an antiquarian bookseller in Charing Cross Road, and ...

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Crazy for You – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Ken Ludwig Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Selwyn Knight You have to feel sorry for Bobby Child. He’s caught between two overbearing women in New York, his mother, Lottie,  who wants him in the family banking business and Irene, his fiancée of five years standing. Neither woman gets on with the other. No wonder all ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Based on the book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Kate Prince Musical supervision: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Janet Jepson Wow… just about sums up this wonderful staging of An Officer and a Gentleman from Curve Productions, premiering this week at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. The 1982 film of the same name is an icon ...

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Mamma Mia! – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Music & Lyrics: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus Book: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Reviewer: Clare White There can be nothing more guaranteed to warm up a bleak February night in Wolverhampton than an injection of Greek sunshine by way of Mamma Mia!, the ultimate feel-good musical. Based on the music of Swedish super-group ABBA, the award-winning show has been ...

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