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The Book of Mormon – Birmingham Hippodrome

I waited for curtain up with no preconceptions. I did not know the plot. I knew none of the songs. I did know that the show has been phenomenally successful on Broadway and the West End grossing over $500m since … Continue reading

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

**** On a wet, windy, wintry Wolverhampton midweek evening, there has to be a very good reason to go out. Fortunately, this production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice, provides … Continue reading

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Red Shoes – Birmingham Hippodrome

  Red Shoes – Birmingham Hippodrome ***** I am slowly working my way through Mathew Bourne’s repertoire. Single-handedly, he has introduced me to ballet as an enjoyable art form. He seems to have had the same affect on others, the … Continue reading

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Aladdin – Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield

***** Pantomime at the revamped Town Hall is fast becoming an essential feature of the Sutton Coldfield Arts scene. This year it returns, courtesy of the Production Exchange, with a revamped “Aladdin”, amongst the most traditional of pantomime shows. An … Continue reading

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Two Trains Running – Derby Theatre

  Two Trains Running – Derby Theatre **** This was a bold production for Derby Theatre to show. Two Trains Running is written by American playwright August Wilson, the sixth in his ten-part series The Pittsburgh Cycle. The play premiered … Continue reading

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The Lady Vanishes – Derby Theatre

  *** The play is synonymous with the 1938 British mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Margaret Lockwood and Michael Redgrave. The film itself was #based on the 1936 novel The Wheel Spins by Ethel Lina White. This … Continue reading

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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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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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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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