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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 09:26 PM
Birmingham
A Brazilian Christmas
4th December
Birmingham Town Hall
4 starts ****


Review: Paul & David Gray

Music in the classical style with a twist of lemon
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 03:55 PM
Birmingham
Handel’s Messiah
City of Birmingham Choir & CBSO
2 December 2016
Birmingham Symphony Hall
4 Stars ****


Running time 3 hours
Review: Paul & David Gray

Hearing Messiah with new ears
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 09:38 PM
London.
PINOCCHIO
Original script by John Savournin.
Arrangements & original lyrics by David Eaton.
Story devised by John Savournin & David Eaton.
4 Stars ****

King’s Head Theatre. 118 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QN to 7 January 2017.

Tues – Sat 7pm.
Adult performances December 9,10,15,16,17,18,20,22,28,30 & Jan 2, 4, 5, 6, 7. Adult performance 31 December 5.30pm.
Children’s matinees – under three free on lap – 3pm December 10, 11, 17 &Family Friendly matinees December 18, 20, 22, 23, 28, 30, 27.
Runs 1 hr 30 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7226 4443.
www.kingsheadtheatre.com
Review: William Russell 5 December.

Savour Savournin and Chums in Pantomime heaven
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, December 05, 2016 - 12:20 PM
London.
LICENSED TO ILL
by Adam El Hagar, Simon Maeder & the Company.
4Stars ****

Southwark Playhouse, the Little, 77-86 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD to 24 December 2016.

Mon-Sat 8pm. Mat Sat 3.30pm.
Runs 80 mins.

TICKETS: 020 7407 0234.
www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

Review: William Russell 3 December.



An hilarious hip hop rave to relish
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Posted by : al_geary on Monday, December 05, 2016 - 12:02 PM
Mansfield

PETER PAN
Palace Theatre: Tkts 01623 633133 palacetheatre@mansfield.gov.uk.
4Star****

Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 31st December.

Performance times: 10am some days, 2pm every day, 7pm most days. No performances on Suns, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Signed Performances 9th Dec 7pm and 10th Dec 2pm.
Review: Alan Geary: 2nd December 2016.

The best Mansfield Palace panto for at least sixteen years. Outstanding stuff.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 01:26 PM
London
Sleeping Beauty, by Susie McKenna
Hackney Empire
5star*****
Runs to 8 January

Review: Tom Aitken 2 12 16

Pantomime convert; and united we stand
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, December 04, 2016 - 12:51 PM
Birmingham
Treasure Island: Bryony Lavery, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
4Star****

Birmingham Rep: to 7 January 2017

Runs: 2h 45m, one interval
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 03 12 16

A great must see sea adventure
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, December 02, 2016 - 09:03 PM
London
Nice Fish, by Mark Rylance & Louis Jenkins
4stars****
Harold Pinter Theatre


Running Time: 1hr 40 minutes, without interval

Review: Tom Aitken 1 12 16

The temperature may be icy, but the reception is deservedly very warm.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, December 02, 2016 - 07:22 PM
London.
PRIDE& PREJUDICE
by Jane Austen
adapted by Joannah Tincey.
5 Stars *****

Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1X 6ST to 21 December.

Tues-Sat 7.30 pm. Mat Sat & Sun 3.30pm. Extra matinees – 4, 8 & 13 December.
Runs 2hr 35 mins. One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7287 2875.
www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 1 December.

Pride, prejudice, pleasure and perfection.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:09 PM
Birmingham.
BROKEN BISCUITS: by Tom Wells
3 Stars ***

Birmingham Rep: The Door, to 3rd December 2016.

Runs: 1hour 20, no interval.
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birminghamrep.co.uk
Review: Nigel Bellingham, 29/11/2016.

A feel-good treat
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 04:26 PM
London
Sheppey, by W. Somerset Maugham
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond.
3stars***


Runs to 7 January
Review: Tom Aitken 28 11 16
Running Time: 2hrs 45 minutes, with two intervals

Pleasant enough, but a bit of a period piece
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 10:14 AM
London.
DR ANGELUS
by James Bridie.
5 Stars *****

The Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, Kensington, London SW10 9ED to 20 December.

Sun-Tues 7.30pm.
Runs 2 hr 15 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 0844 847 1652.
www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 28 November.


Brilliant Bridie revival splendidly performed.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 03:57 PM
London.
SOHO CINDERS
Music by George Styles, lyrics by Anthony Drew, book by Anthony Drewe & Elliot Davis.
3Stars ***

The Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, Southwark, London SE1 0LR to 22 December 2016.

Tues-Say 7.30pm. Mat Sat & Sun 2.30pm.
Runs 2hr 15 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7261 9876.
www.uniontheatre,biz
Review: William Russell 26 November.

Gay times in fairyland Soho
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 03:06 PM
Stratford Upon Avon
THE TEMPEST: William Shakespeare
5Star*****

RSC in RST: to 21 January 2017
Barbican, London from 30 June – 18 August 2017

Runs: 2h 45m, one interval
Tkts: 0844 800 1110
www.rsc.org


@TheRSC

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 27 November 2016

Hard to imagine seeing better done than this.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 10:35 AM
London.
THE CHILDREN
by Lucy Kirkwood.
3Stars ***

Jerwood Downstairs, Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AS to 14 January 2017.

Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Thur & Sat 2.30pm.
Runs 2hr No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7565 5000
www.royalcourttheatre.com
Review: William Russell 25 November.

Kitchen sink drama posing some powerful questions
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 09:34 PM
London.
AFTER OCTOBER
by Rodney Ackland.
4Stars****

The Finborough Theatre. 118 Finborough Road, Kensington, London SW10 9WD to 22 December 2016.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Sat & Sun 3pm.
Runs 2hr 45mins One interval.

TICKETS: 0844 847 1652.
www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 24 November,

Another splendid revival at the Finborough
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 02:37 PM
Birmingham
SHAKESPEARE, HIS WIFE AND THE DOG: by Philip Whitchurch
4Star ****

Birmingham Rep: The Door, to 23rd November 2016 and Touring

Runs: 1 hour, no interval.
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birminghamrep.co.uk
Review Nigel Bellingham, 21/11/2016

The course of true love never did run smooth
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, November 21, 2016 - 02:49 PM
London.
DISASTER!
A 70’s disaster movie musical
By Seth Rudetsky & Jack Plotnick
additional material by Drew Geraci
5Stars *****

Charing Cross Theatre, the Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6 NL on 20 November 2016.

Runs 2hr 30 mins One interval.

Two charity performances in aid of MAD – the Make a Difference Trust.
Review: William Russell 20 November.


The funniest show in town - if only for a moment
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 04:15 PM
London.
THE MIRROR NEVER LIES
Book and Lyrics by Joseph Giuffre
Music by Juan Iglesias
Based on The Sweet Dove Died by Barbara Pym.
2Stars **

The Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 0FH to 18 November 2016.

Runs 1hr 30 mins No interval.

TICKETS: www.thecockpit.org.uk

Review: William Russell 18 November.

A work in progress but where to?
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 03:36 PM
London.
KING LEAR
By William Shakespeare
4Stars****

Barbican Theatre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS To 23 December

Mon-Sat 7.15pm Mat Thur & Sat 13.30 but check performance dates with box office.
Runs 3hr30 mins. One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7638 8891.
www.barbican.org.uk
Review: William Russell 16 November.

A truly splendid Lear
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 11:22 AM
London.
RUMPY PUMP
Book, music and Lyrics by Barbara Jane Mackie.
Two Stars **

The Union Theatre, 229 Union Street, Southwark, London SE1 0LR to 19 November.

Tues- Sat 7.30pm Mat Sat 2.30pm.
Runs 2hrs One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7261 9876.
www.uniontheatre.biz

Review: William Russell 15 November.

Stop the world I want to get off
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 04:21 PM
Birmingham
LOOKING FOR JOHN: Written and Performed by Tony Timberlake
4Star****

Birmingham Rep: The Door, to 19 November 2016

In association with the Homotopia and SHOUT festival
Runs: 1 hour, no interval
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 16 11 16

A Tardis of a play
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 04:26 PM
London and Touring
Regent’s Park Theatre Ltd
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, adapted by Simon Reade
Richmond Theatre to 19 November. Thereafter touring to Bath Theatre Royal, High Wickham Swan, Canterbury Marlow Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Royal and Cardiff Wales Millennium Centre
4stars****


Runs 2h 40 minutes with interval
Review: Tom Aitken 16 11 16

Conflict resolution, everything perforectly in place, wit and all
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 05:23 PM
London
AN INSPECTOR CALLS
by J.B. Priestley.
3Stars***

The Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE to 4 February 2017.

Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Wed & Thu 2.30pm Sat 3pm.
Runs 2hrs No interval.

TICKETS: 0844 871 7631.
www.playhousetheatre.com
Review: William Russell 12 November.


Don’t bother to knock.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 08:14 PM
London/
THE BEGGAR’S OPERA
by John Gay
adapted by Ricky Dukes.
4Stars ****

The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre, 410 Brockley Road, London SE4 2DH to 3 December 2016.

Tues- Sat 7.45pm.
Runs 1hr 20 mins No interval

TICKETS: 0333 666 3366.
www.brockleyjack.co.uk
Review: William Russell 10 November.

Gay’s the word – a musical romp.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 07:55 PM
London
Dracula
By Danny Wainwright and Daniel Hallissey
The King’s Head, Islington to 26 November
2 stars**


Runs 60m without interval

Review: Tom Aitken 11 11 16

Plenty of laughs, but it doesn't satisfy
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 04:18 PM
London.
SAVING JASON
By Peter Quilter
3Stars ***

Park 90, The Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP to 3 December 2016.

Tues-Sat 7.45pm Mat Thu & Sat 3.15pm.
Runs 1 hr 40 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7870 6876.
www.parktheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 8 November.

A comedy not beyond saving
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 04:04 PM
Birmingham and Touring
Kiss me Kate: Book – Samuel & Bella Spewack/Music & Lyrics – Cole Porter
4Star****
Birmingham Hippodrome: 10th to 12th November


Runs: 3 hrs, one interval

Review Paul & David Gray 12 11 16

Big voices and big fun in timeless classic musical
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 04:03 PM
London
Andy Jordan Productions, Elysium Theatre Company
Strindberg’s Women: The Stronger, and Storm (London Premiere): Two plays by August Strindberg
Translated by Michael Meyer
Jermyn Street Theatre to 26 November
4stars****


Runs 1h 45m with interval
Review: Tom Aitken 8 11 16

About the women, but about more than the women
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, November 09, 2016 - 03:52 PM
London.
DRONES, BABY, DRONES
A double bill
THIS TUESDAY
by Ron Hutchinson and Christina Lamb.
THE KID
by David Greig.
3Stars ***

The Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL to 26 Novem ber 2016.

Mon-Tues 7.30pm Mat Sat 3pm.
Runs 1 hr 35 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7503 1646
www.arcolatheatre.com
Review: William Russell 7 November.

Killing by proxy, men, women and machines
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