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The 39 Steps – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Patrick Barlow Adapted from Alfred Hitchcock’s film Director: Paul Robinson Designer: Helen Coyston Reviewer: Ron Simpson It’s good to see The 39 Steps back in North Yorkshire, in a production full of zip and imagination. Just over 20 years ago Richmond-based North Country Theatre toured Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble’s version for just four actors to huge success. Then ...

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The Band – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Tim Firth Music: Take That Director: Kim Gavin & Jack Ryder Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Firstly, a fact needs to be stated that this is not the Take That story. The words Take That are never uttered in the entire two and a half hours of the show. You would also be mistaken for thinking that the boyband recruited from the ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Final Curtain – New Theatre, Cardiff

Play by Simon Reade, after Arthur Conan Doyle Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Barbara Michaels This new production from the estimable Theatre Royal Bath brings together two experienced actors who have performed together many times over the years:  Robert Powell, who, at the age of 74 is still remembered for his iconic portrayal of Jesus of Nazareth in the 1977 Franco ...

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Pig Circus – Phoenix, Exeter

Director: Tyler Rainford Producer: Tanya Agarwal Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts Presented as part of the ‘Edinburgh Previews’ program at Exeter Phoenix, Pig Circus will be heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for a short run at the Greenside venues this August. The debut show from the New Diorama Graduate Emerging Company, Hitchhiker Collective, Pig Circus was shortlisted for a Les ...

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Boxman – Phoenix, Exeter

Writer: Daniel Keene Music: Beth Duke Director: Edwina Strobl Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova A story most relevant in today’s geopolitical climate, Boxman shows the true and rough perspective a homeless refugee has on life, love, loss and dreams. Directed by Edwina Strobl, in this one-act production Ringo (Reice Weathers) lets the audience into the two most precious things a homeless man ...

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Welcome to Thebes – Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Moria Buffini Director: Lucy Pitman-Wallace Reviewer: Julia Beasley Thebes is a city in central Greece that once played an important role in the ancient world. The home of many myths and legends, the ancient city rivalled Athens, sided in battle with the Spartans, and was finally destroyed by Alexander the Great around 2,500 years ago. You don’t have to ...

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Keepy Uppy – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Evan Pacey Director: Wendy Harris Designer: Kate Bunce Composer: Dom Sales Movement: Joel Daniels Reviewer: Ron Simpson Leeds-based, but with strong links to York Theatre Royal, tutti frutti and director Wendy Harris have a sure touch with plays aimed at children from the age of three upwards. Coming now towards the end of a longish tour taking in closed ...

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Kiss Me Kate – London Coliseum

Music and lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Stephen Bates Is it possible that what can no longer be spoken can still be sung? The Taming of the Shrew, once one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, is now rarely seen in our theatres, seemingly swept away on a tide of political correctness. On the ...

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