Category Archives: Behind the Arras Reviews

Grease – Wolverhampton Grand

**** Grease is one of those ubiquitous shows . The older generation remember Olivia Newton John in THAT black leather cat suit in the 1978 film, the younger generation have been introduced to it as a staple of secondary school … Continue reading

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Rita Sue & Bob Too – Derby Theatre

  Oscar Wilde declared that there is nothing so out of date as the recently fashionable. The Out of Joint Theatre Company has gambled with their revival of this acclaimed eighties one act play, first performed in 1982 about Thatcherite … Continue reading

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Rita Sue & Bob Too – Derby Theatre Preview

This revival of a play which enjoyed considerable success as a film, comes to Derby Theatre on the 21st November. It is impossible to discuss the play without discussing the playwright, and rather than burden the review of the opening … Continue reading

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Aladdin, Lichfield Garrick – A Preview

This Christmas the Lichfield Garrick Theatre has Aladdin as the pantomime show. A strong cast includes CBeebies’ Cat Sandion who will be playing the role of Jasmine . Cat, one of the leading presenters on the Bafta award winning channel, … Continue reading

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Legally Blonde- Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

  **** This story is now in its third incarnation. First came the book by Amanda Brown, daughter of a lawyer, and Stanford Law student herself. Brown drew upon her own experiences for inspiration. The 2001 film starring Reese Witherpsoon … Continue reading

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Around the World in 80 Days- Derby Theatre

***** Jules Verne’s classic story has obvious cinematic possibilities, and equally obvious drawbacks as the basis for a stage adaptation. How do you portray a worldwide journey on a theatre stage? Yet that conundrum is also the basis for this … Continue reading

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“Our House”, Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre, Lichfield Garrick

I saw Madness play live twice. They were fabulous, raucous, and with a touch of Music Hall about them. I am also a veteran of the era when they formed. Their incubation was not seamless. They morphed from what might … Continue reading

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