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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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Turn of the Screw- Derby Theatre

**** “Turn of the Screw”, written by Henry James in 1898, is an essential component in the canon of English Literature adapted for stage here by Tim Luscombe. It is co-produced by Mercury Theatre Colchester, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre and Exeter … Continue reading

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Club Tropicana – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

*** Name checking one of Wham!’s greatest hits, then not performing it, or any other George Michael composition is an inauspicious start. Fortunately, the 80’s spawned a plethora of toe tapping, finger snapping, hits, many of which appear in this … Continue reading

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Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

  I have never seen a television episode of Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom. But I do have two pre -school age grandchildren, May aged 3 and Solomon aged 4. As an Easter treat for them, I had the perfect … Continue reading

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Jungle Book – Derby Theatre

    Jungle Book – Derby Theatre **** Derby Theatre has a fine tradition of excellent Christmas productions for the family. This year they are hoping to build on that audience by presenting a family show at Easter, inspired by … Continue reading

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Les Miserables – Birmingham Hippodrome

The Birmingham Hippodrome has a sense of occasion. A rarity, it combines modern, superb, front of house facilities, with a lavish, restored, traditional auditorium. It is ideally suited to Les Miserables, a tour which is modern in production and conception, … Continue reading

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Dirty Dancing – Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

The phrase “musical phenomenon” is oft used- and abused. But for “Dirty Dancing” it is apposite. Critics can be critical, yet the crowds keep on turning out to see it, and for so long as they do, it will survive. … Continue reading

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Jerusalem – Sutton Arts Theatre

**** “Fuck me, the committee have only gone and approved it!” “They didn’t mind that boring cunts would walk out?” “Nah, they can have a wank in the bogs for all I care” The above is an imagined exchange from … Continue reading

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