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Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Musical Arrangments and Original Music: Jon Lorenz Writer: Lance Arthur Smith, adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Theater presentation Directors: Karl Steele and Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street is a staple at Christmastime, which is no surprise as it has everything, including three Oscars, for Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Story and Best Screenplay. ...

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Timpson the Musical – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book, Lyrics and Directors: Sam Cochrane and Chris Baker Music: Theo Caplan and Tom Slade Reviewer: Tim Harding Are you a Montashoe or a Keypulet? That is the amusing question posed by the portrait of William Timpson, founder of the eponymous High Street retailer, at the start of this 110 minute romp through Victorian London. Imagine Tesco the Panto! written by ...

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The Stars That Remain – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Adrian Kimberlin Director: Alan Magor Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s Mothers Day, a busy day at the Hartson’s florist. In addition, it’s almost the owners’ thirtieth wedding anniversary and Ian and Viv are still as much in love as they were when they first met. Sadly, their daughters have been less lucky in love. The elder, Poppy, can’t understand ...

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Funny Faces – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Steve Dimmer Director: Rosemary Hill Reviewer: James Garrington It’s 60 years since the Carry On films first appeared on our screens with Carry On Sergeant. For many years fans waited in eager anticipation as one or often two new films were released per year, each usually with a very similar cast whose names became synonymous with the franchise – ...

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The Full Monty: The Musical – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book: Terence McNally Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s hard to believe that it’s over 20 years since the film, The Full Monty, burst onto cinema screens, telling the story of a group of Sheffield steelworkers made redundant from the only living they’d ever known. In 2000, the action was moved to Buffalo, NY for ...

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The Last Five Years – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Director: Karl Steele Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Last Five Years has now been around almost twenty years since its première in Chicago in 2001. Moving off-Broadway, it garnered numerous awards. While the story it tells is a path relatively well-trod, its methodology isn’t. Jamie is an aspiring novelist; Cathy aspires to be an actress. They ...

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Kanada – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer and Director: Nathalie Bazán Reviewer: Selwyn Knight We are in Auschwitz. Crushed people stagger by, trying to survive its horrors. In the centre, two young Jews seek solace together: Anya from Poland and Nikolai from Hungary. They seem ready to give up but are determined that they should tell us their story, the sum of their experiences that has led them ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Francis is easily confused. He used to play washboard in a skiffle band but then the Beatles happened and he was sacked. Hungry and desperate for food, he met Roscoe, a dodgy-looking bloke, who offered him a week’s work as his minder. Which is odd as Roscoe was murdered by the ...

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