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Madagascar – The Musical, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics: Geoge Noriega and Joel Someillan Director: Kirk Jameson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Marty the zebra and his friends have it pretty good in Central Park Zoo. But on Marty’s tenth birthday a mid-life crisis has hit him. After talking to a commando unit of penguins who are plotting their escape to Antarctica, he hankers after the wild, albeit ...

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Echo’s End – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: David Jobson We’re already halfway through the centenary of the First World War, and many writers have been delving into the period looking for a different perspective on this turbulent period. For this latest contribution, playwright Barney Norris has brought a local point of view to the Salisbury Playhouse Echo’s End transports the ...

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The Snow Queen – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann Composer, Lyricist and Musical Director: Gwyneth Herbert Director: Lee Lyford Reviewer: Chris Oldham Christmas at the Old Vic is typically a classy affair, with no expense spared bringing anything from a beloved, to a lesser-known fairy tale to life. Visually at least, this year's telling of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen more than fits the bill. ...

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Partners In Crime – Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Agatha Christie Adapters: Sarah Punshon &Johann Hari Composer: Alex Silverman Director: John Nicholson Musical Director: Inga Davis-Rutter Choreographer: Nancy Kettle Reviewer: Michael Gray Watch in amazement as civilisation is saved by just eight actors with a few tricks up their sleeves. Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari have based their show on an early Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary, published ...

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The Rivals – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Chris Oldham Bristol Old Vic's 250th anniversary celebrations continue apace this month with big dresses, and even bigger wigs in a colourful, rollicking staging of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy of manners, The Rivals. Set in Bath in the 18th Century when it was written, it revolves around two central relationships – the ...

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Beacons – Park Theatre, London

The cast of Beacons at Park Theatre

Writer: Tabitha Mortiboy Director: Philip Wilson Reviewer: Stephen Bates   “Fresh to you daily” boasts the sign on Julie’s ice cream van as it stands proudly at the top of Beachy Head, looking out to a stormy sea and a flashing lighthouse. The van is the centre point of Tabitha Mortiboy’s new one-act play, Beacons, in which three lonely and ...

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Ashton Double Bill – Birmingham Hippodrome

The Dream - Oberon and Titania from Ashton's Double Bill.jpg

Music: Felix Mendelssohn and Frederick Chopin Choreographer: Frederick Ashton Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman   The repertoire of Frederick Ashton is one of the most revered in British ballet. Widely credited as the creator of a specifically ‘English’ genre of ballet, Ashton became director of The Royal Ballet in 1963 and presided over one of the company’s golden ages. In the ...

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Each His Own Wilderness – Orange Tree Theatre, London

Writer: Doris Lessing Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Jon Wainwright In the 1950s, World War III was something worth worrying about. With two wars within living memory of four of the characters, the proliferation of nuclear weapons meant that the next conflict would be vastly more destructive. Every person on the planet would indeed have their own wilderness once a few ...

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