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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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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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