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Peter Pan – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh, from the book by J.M Barrie Director: Michael Harrison Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It can’t be easy having to step into another performer’s shoes at short notice, especially when the show was written with the original incumbent in mind, but this is exactly what Darren Day has done: the Hippodrome’s panto for 2018/9 was originally ...

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Peter Pan – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh, from the book by J.M Barrie Director: Michael Harrison Reviewer: James Garrington It’s panto time in Birmingham and flying in this year is Peter Pan – and it’s the best panto the Hippodrome has seen in many years. We know the costumes and the sets will be spectacular, that it will have stunning effects and ...

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Pinter 3: Landscape / A Kind of Alaska / Monologue and Other Sketches – Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Writer: Harold Pinter Directors: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The Pinter at the Pinter season has been a revelation so far, showcasing the writer’s work in interesting and unexpected ways, moving the conversation beyond the famous pauses and sense of menace to something far more varied and intriguing. Pinter 1 combined a series of political works that were filled with ...

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Anita and Me – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Meera Syal Adaptation: Tanika Gupta Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Anita and Me is the story of the friendship between the well-educated daughter of an Indian family and a troubled white girl who can’t wait to leave school. It’s also a story about being the only Indian family in a white community, and growing up in a West ...

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Anita and Me – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Aasiya Shah as Meena and Therese Collins and Mrs Worrall

Writer: Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: Clare White Following a sell-out run at Birmingham REP in 2015, Anita and Me returns for a 2017 spring tour, premiering at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. The popular semi-autobiographical novel by Wolverhampton-born writer and actress Meera Syal was made into a film in 2002 and is now ...

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Romeo & Juliet – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer:William Shakespeare Directors: Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford Reviewer: Niall Harman Harlequinade, a previous production in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s ‘Plays at the Garrick’ season saw two over-the-hill actors attempt to play Romeo and Juliet, with bizarre wigs and hilarious consequences. Once again, the actors in this revival are too old for the parts, something that befalls almost every ...

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Anita And Me – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Tanika Gupta from the book by Meera Syal Director: Roxana Silbert Reviewer: James Garrington There are many well-known plays based around life in cities around the country: London, Liverpool, Glasgow… but the Black Country? You can probably count them on the fingers of one hand. Well, Anita And Me adds one to the list – and what an addition ...

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NEWS: Three World Premières for Ninth HighTide Festival

For its ninth year, Suffolk’s HighTide Festivalhad already announced a change of venue, moving from Halesworth to Aldeburgh, but today Artistic Director Steven Atkinson has announced the line-up for the annual festival. Running from 10th – 20th September, the festival will include three world premieres, transfers, readings and visiting companies as well as talks from the likes of Christopher Eccleston, ...

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