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Category: Midlands

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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

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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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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, February 13, 2017 - 09:53 AM
Birmingham
Dido and Aeneas

Town Hall Birmingham, 5th February 2017

Ex Cathedra Choir and Baroque Ensemble

5Star*****


Review: Paul & David Gray, 10 02 17

Only the best is good enough
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 11:03 AM
Birmingham
LOVE: Alexander Zeldin
4Star****

Birmingham Rep, Studio: to 11 February 2017

Runs: 1h 35m, no interval
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 31 01 17

Unusual and unusually powerful
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 03:21 PM
Birmingham
DICK WHITTINGTON:
5Star*****

Birmingham Hippodrome to Sunday 29 January

(There are some relaxed performances, check with the BO)
Runs: 2h 45m, one interval
Tickets: 0844 338 5000
Info: www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Revie: Alexander Ray Edser, 21 12 16

High powered seasonal fun, great entertainment
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 09:46 AM
Lichfield.
SLEEPING BEAUTY: Paul Hendy
4 Stars: ****

Lichfield Garrick, to 31st December 2016.

Runs: 2hours 40, including an interval.
BO: 01543 412121
www.lichfieldgarrick.com

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Review: Nigel Bellingham, 20/12/2016

Fantastic festive family fun
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 09:33 AM
Birmingham
Christmas Music by Candlelight
St Paul’s Church, Birmingham: 20 December 2016

Review: Paul & David Gray
5 stars *****

Something old, something new; choral beauty with a unique performance style

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, December 16, 2016 - 02:52 PM
Birmingham
Enigma Variations
13th December
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
5 stars *****


Review: Paul & David Gray, 13 December 2016

Enigmatic Beauty and Flamboyance
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, December 16, 2016 - 02:39 PM
Birmingham
Renaissance Christmas with The Tallis Scholars
13th December 2016

Symphony Hall
5 stars *****


Review: Paul & David Gray, 13 December 2016

The Tallis Scholars give us a string of choral pearls
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Posted by : al_geary on Monday, December 12, 2016 - 04:53 PM
Nottingham

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.
3Stars***

Theatre Royal

Tkts 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 20m: one interval: till 15th Jan.
Performance times: Varies, 1.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.15pm (check with box office).
Audio Described: 2.30pm 17th Dec and 1.30pm 8th Jan.
Sign Language Interpreted: 1.30pm 15th Dec, 1.30pm 18th Dec, 7.15pm 13th Jan.
Captioned Performance: 2.30pm 7th Jan.
Relaxed Performance: 1.30pm and 7.15pm 5th Jan.

Review: Alan Geary: 11th December 2016.

In a city well served for panto this one’s worth a look.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 05:45 PM
London.
BENIGHTED
By J. B. Priestley.
Stage adaptation by Duncan Gates.
3 Stars ***

The Old Red Lion Theatre, Islington, to 7 January.

Tues – Sat 7.30pm. Mat Sat & Sun 2.30pm.
No performances 12, 19, 24 & 25 December & 2 January.
Additional matinees 27, 29, 30 December & 3, 4, 5, 6 January at 2.30pm
Runs 1 hr 15 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 0844 412 4307.
www.oldredliontheatre.co,uk
Review: William Russell 8 December


Things go creak in the night in an old dark house
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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 : 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 - 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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