Category Archives: Behind the Arras Reviews

Abigail’s Party – Derby Theatre

Abigail’s Party – Derby Theatre **** I saw “Abigail’s Party” when it appeared on television in 1977, the year it was written, some forty one years ago, watching as a teenager. It received generous reviews. I loved it. I also … Continue reading

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All Shook Up – Lichfield Garrick Theatre

I was too young to appreciate Elvis in his pomp. Yet his music, and celebrity, is ubiquitous, and a little distance is no bad thing, providing context and time for balanced appreciation. When he burst onto the scene he was … Continue reading

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Dick Whittington – Lichfield Garrick Theatre, preview.

Behind the Arras was honoured to attend a preview of this year’s pantomime, “Dick Whittington” at the Lichfield Garrick. Local actor Sam Rabone, who hails from Streetly, is now not only the Dame, but also this year, for the first … Continue reading

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Jersey Boys – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

On one level this is a very slick jukebox musical, but music has the capacity to take us to another place, which is exactly what this show does. First performed on Broadway in 2005, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics … Continue reading

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Sutton Arts – 2018/19 Programme Previewed

I have a soft spot for Sutton Arts theatre. It is intimate at just over a hundred seats, well maintained, with a generous bar area, has good car parking nearby, but crucially offers a strong programme, with varied directors. A … Continue reading

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Elements of Freestyle – Birmingham Hippodrome

This evening’s show was part of the Birmingham International Dance Festival 2018 and is the brain child of Artistic Director Marco Gerris who is gaining an enviable reputation as a stuntman and stunt co-ordinator for the film industry, leading his … Continue reading

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Birdsong- Derby Theatre

The centenary of the ending of the Great War has prompted many tributes, some more meritorious than others. The eponymous novel, by Sebastian Faulks, first published in 1993, has established itself as a modern classic, a love story set against … Continue reading

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