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Shopping and F***ing – Nottingham New Theatre

Writer: Mark Ravenhill Director:Liam McClelland Reviewer: Dave Smith Even when Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and F***ing first appeared in the West End, its notoriety rested as much on its title as its content. Howard Brenton had broken enough ground portraying anal rape in The Romans in Britain at the Nationalso that 16 years later audiences were slightly more receptive to such ...

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Citizen Khan – They All Know Me! – Royal Concert Hall Nottingham

Adil Ray as Citizen Khan

Writer and Director: Adil Ray Reviewer: Phil Lowe It is good to see a large venue like the Nottingham Royal Concert Hall so full for actor Adil Ray’s Citizen Khan – They All Know Me! one-man comedy show. It is also great to see a sea of Asian faces among the usual mostly white audience. It seems that Pakistani Citizen ...

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Noises Off – Nottingham Playhouse

Patrick Osborne (Garry), Carla Mendonça (Dotty), Sophia Nomvete (Brooke), Orlando Wells (Lloyd) and Ritu Arya (Poppy) in Noises Off

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Noises Off is often hailed as the funniest play ever written. Starting life in 1977 as a one-act play called Exits, playwright Michael Frayn then developed the show into Noises Off in time for its London premiere in 1982. It has since been seen regularly in the West End and ...

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Bad Jews – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Bad Jews Production image

Writer: Joshua Harman Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Bad Jews premiered in New York in 2012, before transferring to Theatre Royal Bath in 2014 and then to the West End. It has since enjoyed runs at three London theatres and is currently touring the UK. The show hit headlines when complaints led to its posters being banned on ...

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Toast – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Toast production photos. Matt Sutton (Peter), Matthew Kelly (Nellie)

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Eleanor Rhode Reviewer: James Garrington Playwright Richard Bean is probably best known for his more recent work, most notably One Man, Two Guv’nors as well as Great Britain and the book for the musical version of Made in Dagenham – work which is high slapstick humour, sharp satire, or well-observed with fully-developed characters. Much earlier in ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Romeo and Juliet – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Birmingham Royal Ballet 's Romeo and Juliet

Music: Sergei Prokofiev Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan Reviewer: Laura Bateman Romeo and Juliet is one of the most celebrated ballets in the modern repertoire. Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan for The Royal Ballet, it premiered in 1965 with Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in the title roles. It has since become a staple of both The Royal Ballet’s and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ...

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Hobson’s Choice – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Hobson's Choice - Gabrielle Dempsey (Vickey Hobson), Martin Shaw (Henry Hobson), Florence Hall (Alice Hobson) -

Writer: Harold Brighouse Director: Jonathan Church Reviewer: Dave Smith It’s 100 years since Harold Brighouse’s ever-popular Hobson’s Choice premiered in the UK, having surprisingly first been produced in New York a year earlier, and as director Jonathan Church departs the Chichester Festival Theatre after 10 years for his new role as Artistic Director for Sydney Theatre Company, he leaves us ...

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The Thrill of Love – Nottingham New Theatre

The Thrill of Love at Nottingham New Theatre

Writer: Amanda Whittington Director: Laura Jayne Bateman Reviewer: Phil Lowe Ruth Ellis was the last woman to be hanged in Britain in 1955. She pleaded not guilty and offered no defence but her fate was sealed when she said in court and on oath “It is obvious when I shot him I intended to kill him.” The damning response was ...

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