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The Snowman – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Music and Lyrics: Howard Blake Choreographer: Robert North Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: Selwyn Knight 2018, was positively awash with anniversaries relating to The Snowman: Raymond Briggs' book was first published in 1978, 40 years ago, and Birmingham REP’s first stage production inspired by the book and animated film of 1982, was first seen in 1993, 25 years ago. And, as the ...

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The Maids – HOME, Manchester

Writer: Jean Genet Translation: Martin Crimp Director: Lily Sykes Reviewer: Dave Cunningham When HOME stages a play as ‘theatre in the round’ they really commit to the concept. The stage area for The Maids is built over the stalls lifting the performance space to the level of the dress circle. Patrons have, therefore, excellent sightlines and are in disturbing proximity to ...

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Hindle Wakes – The Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Stanley Houghton Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After a run of intense dramas The Octagon opts for a lighter mood with Stanley Houghton’s 1912 comedy/drama Hindle Wakes. The Hawthorn family are scandalised to learn that their unmarried daughter Fanny (Natasha Davidson) spent the wakes holiday with the son of the local mill owner. The families unite to discuss ...

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The Snowman – The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Director: Bill Alexander Music: Howard Blake Design: Ruari Murchison Reviewer: Rosie Revell It’s hard to believe that Christmas classic film The Snowman is 32 years old. Based upon Raymond Briggs’ beautiful picture book, it’s been capturing hearts and minds every Christmas since its Channel 4 premiere in 1982. Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s spellbinding live dance version of the story flies into ...

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The Snowman – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Raymond Briggs Music and lyrics: Howard Blake Director: Bill Alexander Reviewer: James Garrington It is over thirty years since The Snowman first appeared on our screens as an animation, on Boxing Day in 1982. Since then, it has remained a popular family treat for Christmas, not only as the original book and animation, but also the very popular stage ...

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An Inspector Calls – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Director: David Thacker Designer: Ruari Murchison Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [rating:4] With a riveting story and a single set An Inspector Calls is a staple of regional theatre. The status of self –made industrialist Arthur Birling (Brian Protheroe) and his wife Sybil (Margot Leicester) as respected pillars of their community is challenged by a mysterious Inspector Goole (David Prosho). The Inspector ...

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Blue Remembered Hills – The Derby Theatre

Writer: Dennis Potter Director: Psyche Stott Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:4] Dennis Potter is perhaps is most famous, notorious even, for the television series he wrote, and which were broadcast in the 1970s and 80s. Many people will remember The Singing Detective, and Pennies from Heaven. Also famously broadcast were Blackeyes and Lipstick on your Collar. Much of Potter’s work has ...

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Blue Remembered Hills –Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Dennis Potter Director: Psyche Stott Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe [rating:5] For such a small piece of writing Dennis Potters ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ is one of the most dramatic pieces of theatre ever written. The story of lost childhood through tragedy as told through the eyes of a group of seven year olds, must make each and every person in the ...

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