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Category: Midlands

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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

@The_Garrick
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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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 Thursday, November 03, 2016 - 12:01 PM
Birmingham
WHAT SHADOWS: Chris Hannan
4Star****

Birmingham Rep: The Studio, to 12 November 2016

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

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 02 11 16

Stimulating, informative, timely-a terrific debate play
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 08:20 PM
Birmingham
THE EXORCIST: John Pielmeier, based on the novel by William Peter Blatty
4Star****

Birmingham Rep Main House to Sat 5th November 2016

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

Review Alexander Ray Edser, 26 October

A thunderingly good show
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Posted by : al_geary on Thursday, October 06, 2016 - 09:47 AM
Nottingham.

DARKNESS, DARKNESS: John Harvey.
3Star***

Nottingham Playhouse. to 15 October 2016

www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 20m: one interval: till 15th October.
Performance times: 7.45pm.
Review: Alan Geary: 4th October, 2016.

Interesting but not entirely successful adaptation of the book.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 03:56 PM
Birmingham
COLD CALLING: Composed and Created by Nick Powell
Birmingham Rep with CBSO
5Star*****

Birmingham Rep Studio, 16 and 17 September 2016

Runs: 55m, no interval
BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 16 09 16

Unique and beautiful
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Posted by : al_geary on Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 03:49 PM
Nottingham.
SLEUTH: Anthony Shaffer.
4star****

Nottingham Playhouse to 24 September
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www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 1h 45m: one interval: till 24th September.
Performance times: 7.45pm (matinees Thurs 1.30pm and Sats 2.30pm),
Review: Alan Geary: 13th September, 2016.

Celebrated thriller with some outstanding acting.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 11:15 AM
Birmingham and Leicester
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: Oscar Wilde
3Star***

Birmingham Rep to 24 September
then to Leicester Curve
Then to The Curve, Leicester
Runs: 2h 20m, one interval
BO (Birmingham): 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 14 09 16

Has its moments, but not quite sure where it's going
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Posted by : al_geary on Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 12:34 PM
Nottingham.
MINDGAME: Anthony Horowitz.
3star ***

Theatre Royal to 20 August

Tkts 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 0m: one interval: till 20th August.
Performance times: 7.30pm weekdays, 5pm and 8pm Saturday (Matinee 2.00pm Weds).
Review: Alan Geary: 16th August 2016.

Your thinking person’s play. It makes a highly entertaining evening.
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Nottingham.
FATHER BROWN – THE CURSE OF THE INVISIBLE MAN: John Goodrum.
3star ***

Theatre Royal to 13 August

Tkts 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 13th August.
Performance times: 7.30pm weekdays, 5pm and 8pm Saturday (Matinee 2.00pm Weds).
Review: Alan Geary: 9th August 2016.

Over-long and wordy, but a lot of enjoyable moments.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 12:05 PM
URINETOWN: Music and Lyrics Mark Holllmann, Book and Lyris Greg Kotis
3Star***

Old Joint Stock to 6 August

4 Tembple Street Birmingham
Runs: 2h 30m, one interval
Info: 0121 200 1892
www.oldjointstock.co.uk

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 29 July 2016

Good singing, full of energy, flawed piece
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 02:08 PM
Birmingham Royal Ballet; Shakespeare Triple Bill
WINK (Choreography Jessica Lang, Music Jakub Ciupinski), MOOR'S PAVANE (Choreography Jose Limon, Music Henry Purcell), SHAKESPEARE SUITE (Choreography David Bintley Music Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhdorn)

Runs 2h 10m, two intervals, Birmingham Hippodrome
Info: www.brb.org.uk
Tickets: 0121 338 5000

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 25 06 16

Varied, multi-faceted, yet a satisfying whole
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