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West Side Story – Curve, Leicester

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight West Side Story, it could be argued, broke new ground when it burst on to the scene in the late 1950s. With a gritty story of New York gangs based on Romeo and Juliet, a sublime score from Leonard Bernstein, smart lyrics from Stephen Sondheim ...

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Mark Bruce Company: Macbeth – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Choreographer and Director: Mark Bruce Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is a coincidence of weather that walking to a dance version of Macbeth at Wilton’s Music Hall during the “Best from the East” cold spell makes one empathise about how it may feel to trudge across a blasted Highland heath, the cold wind biting at one’s extremities. One can only imagine ...

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Grease – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Jessica Paul as Sandy Dumbrowski with the Pink Ladies in Grease

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman The 1978 film of Grease is one of the most-loved movie musicals of all time, but its inspiration, the 1971 Broadway show, is a lesser-known predecessor. Revived by Nikolai Foster for a Christmas season at Curve, the show is taken back to its original Broadway roots, ...

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I Am Not Myself These Days – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Tom Stuart in drag as Aqua Disiac

Adaptor: Tom Stuart Writer: Josh Kilmer-Purcell Director: Nick Bagnall Choreographer: Ann Yee Reviewer: Lucy Corley   Why are not more people making theatre like this? I Am Not Myself These Days is difficult to describe – like its leading lady, the show doesn’t conform to any standards of ‘normal’, so words do not really do it justice. Adapted by actor ...

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King Lear – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Jo Beggs   So…it seems Barrie Rutter (that’s Rutter to you and me), advocate of all things Yorkshire, Founder and Director of Northern Broadsides, and one of the hardest working actors in the industry, has reached this point in his career. Old enough to play Lear, young enough to still have the stamina ...

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Roots – Donmar Warehouse, London

Writer: Arnold Wesker Director: James MacDonald Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:4] Roots may not have changed the world when it first appeared in the same way that John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger touched a national chord, but it’s still a fine example of the kitchen sink drama of the late 1950s. The burgeoning socialist politics of the era may seem ...

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The Seagull – The Derby Theatre

Writer: Anton Chekhov, adapted by John Donnelly Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:3.5] Anton Chekhov wrote The Seagull in 1895, and the first performance in 1896 became known as a famous failure, being performed in front of an extremely hostile audience. Chekhov is said to have lost his nerve and spent the latter part of the play in hiding, ...

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Rutherford and Son – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] Less than a year after first opening its doors, the St James has already established itself as a regular destination for discerning theatre-goers. Its policy of providing a Central London stage for the cream of productions from regional and fringe theatres is yielding rich dividends. There will be few better ...

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