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Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

  I have never seen a television episode of Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. But I do have two pre -school age grandchildren, May aged 3 and Solomon aged 4. As an Easter treat for them, I had the perfect … Continue reading

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Jungle Book – Derby Theatre

    Jungle Book – Derby Theatre **** Derby Theatre has a fine tradition of excellent Christmas productions for the family. This year they are hoping to build on that audience by presenting a family show at Easter, inspired by … Continue reading

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Les Miserables – Birmingham Hippodrome

The Birmingham Hippodrome has a sense of occasion. A rarity, it combines modern, superb, front of house facilities, with a lavish, restored, traditional auditorium. It is ideally suited to Les Miserables, a tour which is modern in production and conception, … Continue reading

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Dirty Dancing – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

The phrase “musical phenomenon” is oft used- and abused. But for “Dirty Dancing” it is apposite. Critics can be critical, yet the crowds keep on turning out to see it, and for so long as they do, it will survive. … Continue reading

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Jerusalem – Sutton Arts Theatre

**** “Fuck me, the committee have only gone and approved it!” “They didn’t mind that boring cunts would walk out?” “Nah, they can have a wank in the bogs for all I care” The above is an imagined exchange from … Continue reading

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Derby Theatre – Avenue Q

  Avenue Q – Derby Theatre **** Avenue Q was premiered in 2003. Sixteen years on, this Tony Award Best Musical award- winning show has lost none of its freshness, or mischief. Its writing credentials are formidable. The music and … Continue reading

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Derby Theatre – Avenue Q, A Preview

  It is cold, windy and still a bit dark in the evenings. Winter has not quite left us yet. Derby County’s promotion challenge is failing as Frank Lampard discovers that the team is not quite as good as Chelsea’s … Continue reading

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