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Category: Midlands

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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 10:05 AM
Birmingham
Christmas Music by Candlelight
Ex Cathedra
21 December
St Paul’s Church Hockley
5*****


Review: Paul & David Gray

A truly magical Christmas Offering

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, December 29, 2017 - 12:06 PM
Birmingham
CINDERELL
4 Star****


Runs: Approx 2h 15m, one interval
Tickets: 0844 338 5000
Info: www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Review Rod Dungate 22 December 2017

@Rod_Dungate

Pushes all the right Buttons
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Posted by : al_geary on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:21 AM
Nottingham

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
3Stars***


Theatre Royal: Tkts 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 10m: one interval: till 14th Jan.
Performance times: Varies, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 7.15pm (check with box office).
Audio Described: 2.30pm 16th Dec and 1.30pm 7th Jan.
Sign Language Interpreted: 1.30pm 14th Dec, 1.30pm 17th Dec, 7.15pm 12th Jan.
Captioned Performance: 2.30pm 6th Jan.
Relaxed Performance: 1.30pm and 7.15pm 10th Jan.
Review: Alan Geary: 10th December 2017.


Go and see this, but be on hand to cover the children’s ears when necessary.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 09:57 AM
Birmingham
The One Hindered and One Dilations: Original Story, Dodie Smith; Adaptation: Debbie Isitt
4****


Birmingham Rep Theatre
Runs: 2h 15m, one interval, til13 January 2018
Bham Rep BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk


Review: Rod Dungate, 9 December 2017



@Rod_Dungate

Enchanting, magical puppetry, but misses a trick or two<//b>
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 06:01 PM
Birmingham
Monteverdi Vespers (1610)
Ex Cathdedra Consort & Baroque Ensemble
His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Birmingham Town Hall
3rd December 2017 4.00
5*****


Review: David Gray

Flawless reading of a Baroque Masterpiece

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Posted by : al_geary on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 04:51 PM
Nottingham.

THE CHERRY ORCHARD: Anton Chekhov.
4Stars****


Nottingham Playhouse.
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 18th November.
Performance times 7.30pm (matinée 1.30pm Thurs 16th).
Audio Described Performances Thurs 16th 7.45pm.
Captioned and Signed Performance Weds 15th.7.45pm.
Review: Alan Geary: 7th November 2017.


The strengths of the evening easily counter its weaknesses.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 03:47 PM
Birmingham
NATIVITY: Debbie Isitt
4****


Runs: 2h 25m, one interval, to 12 November 2017

Bham Rep BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
Touoring to 6 Jan, details below

Review: Rod Dungate, 28 October 2017


@Rod_Dungate

A glorious poppy-field blossoms on the B’ham Rep stage
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 09:16 AM
Birmingham
Ex Cathedra & Members of CBSO - Bach Concert Saturday 14th October Symphony Hall

Programme:
Bach - Cantatas x 2 Orchestral Suite in D Major Bach – Magnificat

Review: Paul & David Gray
Magnificent Magnificat – An All-Bach Concert
4****


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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 09:16 AM
Birmingham
Ex Cathedra & Members of CBSO - Bach Concert Saturday 14th October Symphony Hall

Programme:
Bach - Cantatas x 2 Orchestral Suite in D Major Bach – Magnificat

Review: Paul & David Gray
Magnificent Magnificat – An All-Bach Concert
4****


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Posted by : al_geary on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:07 AM
Nottingham.

ALL MY SONS: Arthur Miller.
4Stars****

Nottingham Playhouse.

www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 21st October.
Performance times 7.30pm (matinées 2.30pm Sat 14th and 1.30pm Thurs 19th).
Audio Described Performances Sat 14th 2.30pm and Thurs 19th: Captioned Performance Weds 18th: Signed Performance Weds 18th.
Review: Alan Geary: 10th October 2017.


A fine production of a great American classic.
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Posted by : al_geary on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 04:54 PM
Nottingham.

WRECK: Toby Campion.
4Stars****


Nottingham Playhouse.
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk. (Full Details from Fifth Word)
Runs: 55m: no interval: till 30th September.
Performance times: 7.45pm.
Review: Alan Geary: 23rd September 2017.


In all respects this one-hander is quite brilliant.
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Posted by : al_geary on Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 12:14 PM
Nottingham.

THE KITE RUNNER: adapted by Matthew Spangler.
4Stars****


Nottingham Playhouse.
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 55m: one interval.
Review: Alan Geary: 1st September 2017.


One of the best Nottingham Playhouse productions in recent years.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, August 28, 2017 - 02:13 PM
Birmingham
West Side Story
Stage Experience
The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
7.30 23rd to 26th August 2017
Four Stars ****

Review: Paul & David Gray

A Young Cast, Mature Beyond its Years
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 10:20 AM
Three Choirs Festival
The Great and Wide Sea – Three Choirs Festival
Worcester Baptist Church 24th July 2017
Opus Anglicanum - Choral Works with Narrator:
Lynne Plowman b.1969 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Sally Beamish b.1956 Sea Psalm Alexander Campkin b.1984 ‘by still waters’

5*****

Review: David & Paul Gray

A Modern Sequence of Words and Music

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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 10:10 AM
Three Choirs Festival
Saint-Saens Organ Symphony - Three Choirs Festival
Worcester Cathedral 24th July 2017
William Lloyd Webber Aurora Poulenc Organ Concerto Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’

4 ****
Review: Paul & David Gray

From Night Mists to the Rejoicing Heights

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:19 PM
Three Choirs Festival
Sacconi Quartet – Suk, Shostakovich and Beethoven
Worcester Baptist Church – 29th July 25
5*****
Paul & David Gray

Dark Music illuminated on a Summer Morning



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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:08 PM
Three Choirs Festival
Song Recital - Kitty Whately & Simon Lepper, Three Choirs Festival
Huntington Hall, Worcester - July 28th 2017
5*****

David & Paul Gray

Songs to ‘Hold This City All Night’


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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:34 AM
Three Choirs Festival
lMendelssohn St Paul – The Three Choirs Festival
Worcester Cathedral
Sunday 23 J

5*****

Review: Paul & David Gray

A little performed work we should hear more of


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Posted by : al_geary on Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 09:23 AM
Nottingham.

MARIE LLOYD AND THE MUSIC HALL MURDER: Karen Henson.
3Stars***


National Justice Museum.
Full Info: www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 1h 45m: one interval: till 28th July.
Performance times: 7.30pm (matinees Weds and Thurs 2.00pm and Sat 3.00pm),
Review: Alan Geary: 25th July 2017.


Nottingham’s Thriller Season goes site-specific. Highly entertaining.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:38 AM
Three Choirs Festival 2017 Worcester
A Child of Our Time
Worcester Cathedral – Saturday 22 July 2017
4 ****

Review: Paul & David Gray

Three English Giants: Elgar, Britten, Tippett

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Posted by : al_geary on Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:25 AM
Nottingham/Touring.

OUT OF ORDER: Ray Cooney.
3Stars***


Theatre Royal: Tkts 0115 9895555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Full information: Tom O’Connell Productions.
Runs: 2h 5m: one interval: till 21st July.
Performance times: 7.30pm, (matinees 2.00pm Weds, 2.30pm Sat).
Review: Alan Geary: 17th July 2017.


Not one of Cooney’s best but much more than a serviceable night out.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 10:03 AM
Birmingham
Summer Music by Candlelight
St Philip’s Cathedral, Birmingham
20th June 2017
5 *****


Review: Paul & David Gray

A Summer Evening Very Well Spent
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 08:25 PM
Birmingham
TO SIR, WITH LOVE: Original Novel ER Braithwaite, Adapted Ayub Khan-Din
Birmingham Rep: The House. To 06 May
4Star****


Runs 2h 25m, one interval, to 6 May
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review: Rod Dungate 29 04 17

@Rod_Dungate

@ReviewsGate

A bold chance, well executed, and still much to say
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:06 AM
Birmingham
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Family
Written and performed by Ben Norris
4 Stars****
The Door, Birmingham

One hour fifteen minutes with no interval.
Review: Sam Crawford, 24nd April

Something to say to all of us.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 12:04 PM
Birmingham.
WINNIE AND WILBUR
By Mike Kenny
4 Stars ****
The Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, until 22nd April 2017.


One hour 30 minutes with 1 interval.
Review: Sam Crawford, 5th April.

A fun family treat!
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Posted by : al_geary on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 11:15 AM
Nottingham.

THE GRAPES OF WRATH: adapted Frank Galati.
3Stars***

Nottingham Playhouse.

www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 8th April.
Performance times: 7.45pm (matinees Thurs 1.30pm and Sats 2.30pm),
Review: Alan Geary: 28th March 2017.


Doesn’t easily adapt to the stage.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:47 PM
Birmingham
ONE LOVE: Music and Lyrics, Bob Marley; Book, Kwame Kwei Amir
Birmingham Rep Theatre
5Star*****

Runs: 2h 40m, one interval, to 15 April
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 17 03 17

Let's get together
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 10, 2017 - 12:34 PM
Leicester
WHAT THE BUTLER SAW: Joe Orton
4Star****

Curve Theatre, Leicester to 18 March 2017

Runs: 2h, one interval
BO: 0116 242 3595
Info: www.curveonline.co.uk

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 09 03 17

Not for the faint-hearted but it still works fine
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 11:13 AM
Birmingham
AMEDEE: Eugene Ionesco. Freely adapted by Sean Foley
5Star*****

Birmingham Rep, to 11 March

Runs: 2h 5m, one interval
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 01 03 17<

A terrific performance; a n important contribution to Ionesco debate
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Posted by : al_geary on Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:03 PM
Nottingham.
TOUCHED: Stephen Lowe.
3Stars***

Nottingham Playhouse.

www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 5m: one interval: till 4th March.
Performance times: 7.45pm (matinees Thurs 1.30pm and Sats 2.30pm),
Review: Alan Geary: 21st February 2017.

Wartime kitchen-sinker – warrants a look.
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