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One Man, Two Guvnors -Derby Theatre

***** This comedy, written by Richard Bean in 2011, performed to unanimous acclaim by the National Theatre in London, now starts a regional run in Derby, where it is playing for the first time ever. Bean is a prolific playwright … Continue reading

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Cabaret – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

***** Once in a while, a show catches you off guard, it surprises you, and delights you. This is such a show. Sumptuously staged, it veers from burlesque, to grotesque, from bright lights, to dark alleyways.   “Cabaret” is synonymous … Continue reading

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Too Petty – Flowerpot, Derby

The age of the tribute band is upon us. As the greats from the classic rock era grow old, infirm, or die, the demand for their music remains. No-one goes to a Beethoven concert, then complains that Beethoven wasn’t playing, … Continue reading

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Hair – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Hair – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre *** Passers- by on Wolverhampton Broad Street may have mistaken the billboards for “Hair” as an immediate tribute to our new Prime Minister’s legendary tousled locks. They would have been disappointed. Instead this is a … Continue reading

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How Steep is Steep?

    Laser dots Ten metres apart Were the start Of when it happened Baldwin Street Dunedin Was flattened By the Men of Harlech Whose angle was more acute On the Welsh route At Forde Pen Llech Thirty five degrees … Continue reading

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Serendipity

I have flown on many occasions. The thrill now dulled by the snaking airport queues for check in, passport checks, security checks, and boarding checks, before being herded into seats so rigid and short of legroom, that there must be … Continue reading

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Sutton Arts Preview 2019/20 Season

  Sutton Arts have announced their 2019/20, 75th anniversary, programme. Invariably they produce a thought provoking combination of hidden gems, much loved standards, and the quirky.They have excelled once again. Here is a preview of the treats in store. Absolute … Continue reading

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