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The Cher Show Musical Revue, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

I was fortunate enough to see Cher on her epic 326 date Farewell tour in 2004. It was one of the greatest rock and pop shows that I have ever seen. She introduced the show with these words: “Ladies and … Continue reading

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The Commitments – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

**** I saw the original Alan Parker film, but this represented my first time seeing the stage show. Its artistic credentials are impeccable. The Commitments film was released in 1991  as  a musical comedy-drama film based on  the eponymous  1987 … Continue reading

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Jekyll and Hyde- Derby Theatre

Jekyll and Hyde – Derby Theatre ***** This is not the first time that this story, originally a novella by  Robert Louis Stevenson,  first published in 1886 , has been presented as a play. It was  adapted for theatre in … Continue reading

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The King of Reggae- The Man- the Music – Birmingham Rep

The King of Reggae- The man- The music- Birmingham Rep ***** ‘The King of Reggae- the man- the music”  Is a  production by the Rush Theatre Company celebrating the life and music of Bob Marley. It features  live onstage musicians … Continue reading

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It Runs in the Family – Highbury Theatre

It Runs in the Family – Highbury Theatre “It Runs in the Family” is a classic  British farce written by Ray Cooney in 1987 in the mid Elizabethen era. Highbury Theatre  itself is well appointed and intimate making it an … Continue reading

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Blood brothers- Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Blood brothers- Wolverhampton Grand Theatre **** Somehow, over a period of time, a musical seeps into the national consciousness. It cannot happen overnight. A combination of word of mouth, and return visits create a critical mass, and for some very … Continue reading

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The Shawshank Redemption- Derby theatre

The Shawshank Redemption at Derby theatre **** For most of us this story will be remembered as a 1990’s film, which, after a slow box office start, was reappraised, enjoying considerable belated success on video rental re-establishing it as one … Continue reading

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Home Girl- Derby Theatre

n 2015  Derby theatre  staged “ Solace of the Road” the world premiere of Siobhan Dowd’s novel of loss and homecoming. “Home Girl” reprises an exploration of the Care system in visceral, essential style. It is a new stage adaptation … Continue reading

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Sheila’s Island – Derby Theatre

New modern  stage comedy is at a premium, “Sheila’s Island” is a good attempt at rectifying that. Billed as a  comedy in thick fog it is written by  Tim Firth whose stage writing credits include Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots, and … Continue reading

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Darren Stanton

The Human Lie Detector – Darren Stanton, Nottingham Antenna Theatre, 24/8/21 Darren Is an ubiquitous presence  on television, from breakfast television to investigative reporting. His skill is in body language and rooting out lies from  both the famous, and notorious. … Continue reading

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