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A Tale of Two Cities – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Joseph Timms, Rebecca Birch and Jacob Ifan in A Tale of Of Cities

Writer: Mike Poulton, from the novel by Charles Dickens Director: James Dacre Reviewer: Selwyn Knight A Tale of Two Cities is purportedly Charles Dickens’ favourite of his novels. It certainly tackles some very big subjects – love, loyalty, vengeance, redemption among them. It takes place in London and Paris around the time of the French Revolution. This adaptation, originally part ...

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Il tabarro/Suor Angelica – The Grand, Leeds

Anne Sophie Duprels as Sister Angelica

Music: Giacomo Puccini Lyrics: Giuseppe Adami (Il tabarro), Giovacchino Forzano (Suor Angelica) Director: David Pountney (Il tabarro), Michael Barker-Caven (Suor Angelica) Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North’s Season of Secrets introduces its double bill of Puccini’s, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. Both one-act operas are part of Puccini’s Il trittico, a trio of operas, both premiering in 1918 and sung in ...

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Guys and Dolls – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

anna o'byrne and cast guys and dolls tour

Book: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, from Damon Runyon’s short stories Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director: Gordon Greenberg Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Runyonland is a strange place. It inhabits Broadway, but it’s not the glitzy neon Broadway; no Runyonland is the seedier underbelly, a Broadway of the Great Depression and Prohibition, peopled by those outside the law: hoodlums and criminals ...

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End of the Rainbow – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Gary Wilmot as Anthony, Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland and Sam Attwater as Mickey in End of the Rainbow.

Writer: Peter Quilter Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   It’s December 1968 and Judy Garland has been booked to perform at London’s Talk of the Town for a five-week run. There can be little doubt that she needs this engagement – previous concerts in Australia have been a shambles thanks to her chaotic personal life and her finances have ...

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Into The Hoods: Remixed – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Jade Hackett as Rap-on-Zel in Into The Hoods: Remixed

Writer: Kate Prince Director: Kate Prince Reviewer: James Garrington Fairy tales have been around a long time. Generation after generation have grown up with stories of children lost in the wood, wolves eating grandmothers and girls being mistreated by their stepsisters. Over time these tales have evolved, being transformed so that they talk to the young of the period, with ...

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Jersey Boys – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Music: Bob Gaudio Reviewer: Clare White   Award winning musical Jersey Boys rock 'n rolled into Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre for a night of smash hits and high jinks. Set in New Jersey in 1962, Jersey Boys tells the rags to riches story of four young boys from the wrong side of ...

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An Inspector Calls – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Liam Brennan as Inspector Goole in An Inspector Calls

Writer: J B Priestley Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The Birlings, a prosperous family in 1912, have a meal to celebrate the engagement of their daughter and the son of a business rival. Amid the back slapping and self-important self-congratulation, there is a visit from a mysterious police inspector. He is investigating the painful suicide of a young ...

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Peter Pan – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

John Altman and Ensemble in Peter Pan at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: JM Barrie Adaptor: Alan McHugh Director: David Burrows Choreographer: Steven Harris Reviewer: Clare White Pantomime season gets off to a flying start at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, as Peter Pan soars into town, with more pirates, laughter and magic than you can poke a glittery fairy wand at. Peter Pan isn’t your traditional pantomime tale – there is no ...

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