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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Rona Munro from the book by Louis de Bernières Director: Melly Still Reviewer: James Garrington There are always huge challenges involved in adapting a well-known book for the stage. How faithful can or should it be to the original, how easily can we portray inner thoughts, how can we deal with characters ageing? With Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, the team has ...

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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Louis de Bernières Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Stephen Bates Setting a fictional romance against the backdrop of real events in Greece during World War II, Louis de Bernières’ 1994 novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin became a worldwide hit. Many thought that the lavish 2001 film version suffered badly from miscasting, but, unencumbered by pressure to place star ...

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Thor and Loki – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Harry Blake Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Legend tells us that Thor and Loki were foes. Thor was powerful but not too bright and tended to look down on his illegitimate half-brother while Loki was cunning and resented the attention lavished on his rather dim semi-sibling. According to Harry Blake (who wrote and performs in the musical) this is ...

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La Traviata – CAST, Doncaster

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Orchestration: Harry Blake Director/English version: Robin Norton-Hale Musical Director: Elspeth Wilkes Set Designer: Katie Bellman Reviewer: Ron Simpson The question is, “Can you watch OperaUpClose from Row J?” CAST’s first venture into full-length opera was an undoubted success in audience attendance and enthusiasm, but OperaUpClose’s company style, originally formed in the 35-seat Cock Tavern Theatre, had problems ...

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BRIGHTON BITES: House of Blackwell – We Can Make You Happy

Harry Blake and Alice Keedwell in We Can Make You Happy

Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Harry Blake and Alice Keedwell together form House Of Blackwell and tells us about their show,We Can Make You Happy, which they will be performing at The Warren.   How would you describe your show in one sentence? Alice: Two friends ...

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La Traviata – Tricycle Theatre, London

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Robin Norton-Hale Orchestration: Harry Blake Director: Robin Norton-Hale Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Since their outstanding debut production of La Boheme in 2009, OperaUpClose have established themselves as a force to be reckoned. Far from the elitist image of the Grand Opera, founders Robin Norton-Hale, Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Ben Cooper managed to do the unthinkable – accessible fringe ...

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The Comedy of Errors – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Musical Director: Harry Blake Choreographer: Rachel Catherall Reviewer: Taylor Simmons The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare’s earliest and shortest plays. Recognised as his most farcical, it is full of puns, slapstick staging, and elaborate word play. For those not familiar with its story, the plot revolves around two sets of identical ...

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Macbeth – Grosvenor Park, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Clare Boswell Chester’s Open Air Theatre has, delightfully, become somewhat of a summer fixture now, residing for the months of July and August in the beautifully picturesque Grosvenor Park. Since it’s opening in 2010, Artistic Director Alex Clifton and his team have prided themselves on delivering top quality performances to the City of ...

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