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Labour in Vain 

18 Apr 18

THIS HOUSE The REP, Birmingham, Tuesday 17 th April, 2018   This hit production from the National Theatre/Chichester Festival Theatre/Headlong comes to this town and reminds this reviewer of its brilliance.

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Closing Down Sail 

17 Apr 18

THE LAST SHIP New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Monday 16 th April, 2018   I am conscious throughout the performance that just three feet away from me, seated across the aisle, is the show’s lyricist and composer, namely Sting himself.

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Pinkie Blinder 

12 Apr 18

BRIGHTON ROCK The REP, Birmingham, Wednesday 11 th April, 2018   This new production from Pilot Theatre and York Theatre Royal rocks into town with an irresistible swagger.

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Nailed It 

11 Apr 18

TURN OF THE SCREW Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Tuesday 10 th April , 2018   Henry  James’s classic ghost story is often cited as an inspiration for Susan Hill’s The Woman In Black – and  in this masterful new stage adaptation by Tim …

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Copping It Sweet 

7 Apr 18

POLICE COPS IN SPACE Old Joint Stock, Birmingham, Friday 6 th April, 2018   Wondering whether the show will live up to the promise of its title, I settle into my seat.

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Twisted but not Bitter 

5 Apr 18

THE TWISTED TALE OF HANSEL AND GRETEL Birmingham Hippodrome, Wednesday 4 th April, 2018   In the first of a planned series of collaborations, Birmingham Hippodrome, Open Theatre Company and Metro-Boulot-Dodo stage this new production to bring …

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Extra Special 

1 Apr 18

STONES IN HIS POCKETS Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Sunday 1 st April, 2018   Marie Jones’s comedy has, rightly, become a modern-day classic.

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Crooning Glory 

30 Mar 18

CROONERS The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Thursday 29 th March, 2018   As the curtain opens, a David Attenborough-type voiceover introduces us to that rare and endangered species, the crooner, inviting us to observe them in their natural habitat, …

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The Bees’ Knees 

24 Mar 18

HONEY The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Friday 23 rd March, 2018   When you behold a patchwork quilt, you see it at first as a whole.

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14 Mar 18

SWEENEY TODD Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Tuesday 13 th March, 2018   Stephen Sondheim’s grisly melodrama is not an easy sing, with its discords and broken rhythms as well as its searing, melodic phrases.

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Nice Try 

12 Mar 18

UP ‘N’ UNDER The REP, Birmingham, Monday 12 th March, 2018   John Godber’s 1984 comedy is doing the rounds in this new revival by Fingersmiths, a company that incorporates deaf actors and British Sign Language into plays.

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Hugo Faster 

9 Mar 18

LES MISERABLES – School Edition Artshouse, Stratford upon Avon, Thursday 8 th March, 2018   Stratford Musical Theatre Company’s young division tackle the ‘schools version’ of the renowned Boubil Schonberg musical adaptation of the Victor …

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Juan to Watch 

8 Mar 18

DON GIOVANNI Hippodrome, Birmingham, Wednesday 7 th March, 2018   Welsh National Opera is back in town and this time they’ve brought my favourite opera, Mozart’s masterly take on the Don Juan legend.

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7 Mar 18

THRILLER Live Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 6 th March, 2018   This electrifying tribute show is doing the rounds and this week it’s Coventry’s turn to become reacquainted with the back catalogue of the ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jackson.

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28 Feb 18

SPAMALOT Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, Tuesday 27 th February, 2018   We all know them, the bores who can spout reams and reams of Monty Python scripts and manage to suck all the humour of it, as if just saying the lines is enough, when what matters, …

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Drama Therapy 

24 Feb 18

HAMLET Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham, Friday 23 rd February, 2018   Director Oliver Hume’s production strips Shakespeare’s four-hours-plus great work right down to two fifty-minute chunks.

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Play to Win 

23 Feb 18

THE WINSLOW BOY The REP, Birmingham, Thursday 22 nd January, 2018   Terence Rattigan’s masterpiece loses none of its powers in this new production directed by Rachel Kavanaugh.

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Nice Hooters 

21 Feb 18

HOOT OWL – Master of Disguise Artshouse, Stratford upon Avon, Wednesday 21 st February, 2018   It is not uncommon for successful children’s picture books to make the transition to the stage.

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See The Elephant 

20 Feb 18

ELEPHANT The Door, the REP, Birmingham, Tuesday 20 th February, 2018   Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti’s brand-new play is a gripping domestic drama, concerning a British-Asian family and a dark secret.

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Louder Than Words 

16 Feb 18

#JESUIS Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thursday 15 th February, 2018   Everything has a hashtag these days, doesn’t it?  We all remember the #JeSuisCharlie one used as a show of solidarity after the shootings at the Charlie Hebdo magazine…

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Something out of Nothing 

11 Feb 18

NOTHING Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Sunday 11 th February, 2018   Lulu Raczka’s play from 2014 is all talk and no action.

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Who’s The Daddy? 

8 Feb 18

MAMMA MIA! Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Wednesday 7 th February, 2018   The mother (the Mamma) of all jukebox musicals arrives in Wolverhampton as part of its bid for world domination.

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Close Encounters of the Brief Kind 

7 Feb 18

BRIEF ENCOUNTER The REP, Birmingham, Tuesday 6 th February, 2018   Emma Rice’s adaptation of the Noel Coward script makes a triumphant return to the REPa decade since its first incarnation.

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Moving Moves 

1 Feb 18

TRANSLUNAR PARADISE Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Wednesday 31 st January, 2018   Theatre Ad Infinitum are reviving their hit show from seven years ago and it’s a good fit for the Hippodrome’s studio space.

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Something’s Got To Give 

31 Jan 18

THE LATE MARILYN MONROE Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham, Tuesday 31 st January, 2018   We’ll never know what happened during the last moments of the life of Marilyn Monroe.