Category Archives: Behind the Arras Reviews

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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1984 – Derby Theatre

**** George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1949. Seventy years on Derby University productions have rebooted the story for the 21st Century. The undergraduates have produced every aspect of the show with the only external direction coming from co-directors, Theatre Arts … Continue reading

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1984 – Derby Theatre Preview, Opens Fri 24th May, 2019

1984 – Friday 24th and Sat 25th May, 2019 Any piece of writing, or film, about the future inevitably meets its day of reckoning, when the future becomes the present. 1984 was first published in 1949, thirty-five years prior to … Continue reading

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The Rocky Horror Show – New Alexander Theatre, Birmingham

Now in its 46th Year, The Rocky Horror Show shows no sign of slowing down, or losing its edge. Few shows have the audacity to use their best song as the opening number. Yet that is what happens here. The … Continue reading

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Turn of the Screw- Derby Theatre

**** “Turn of the Screw”, written by Henry James in 1898, is an essential component in the canon of English Literature adapted for stage here by Tim Luscombe. It is co-produced by Mercury Theatre Colchester, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Exeter … Continue reading

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Club Tropicana – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

*** Name checking one of Wham!’s greatest hits, then not performing it, or any other George Michael composition is an inauspicious start. Fortunately, the 80’s spawned a plethora of toe tapping, finger snapping, hits, many of which appear in this … Continue reading

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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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