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Abigail’s Party Leicester Curve

Surprisingly, Abigail’s Party is the first Curve production to be played in the round, following an inspired choice to rip out the seats in the studio space.

Theatre Published on Wednesday October 22 2014 at 15:00

Somewhere in England Anthony Hopkins, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

For a decade-long run that straddled the 1940s, Tommy Handley’s radio series It’s That Man Again kept Britain laughing, broadcasting, as the announcer proclaimed each week, from “somewhere in England”.

Theatre Published on Wednesday October 22 2014 at 13:44

Deep Pit Brass Works Theatre, Kingswood

Shortlisted for The Stage 2014 Award for fringe theatre of the year, Brass Works Theatre has travelled a considerable distance in its first two years as the only professional company in south Gloucestershire.

Theatre Published on Wednesday October 22 2014 at 11:10

Gregg Edelman - Broadway State of Mind Crazy Coqs, London

Towards the end of his show Broadway State of Mind, US actor and singer Gregg Edelman says how much he loves “mixing it up” - in other words, having a career that has brought him success via Broadway, television, film and cabaret.

Light Entertainment Published on Wednesday October 22 2014 at 10:52

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The Rivals Arcola Theatre, London

When Richard Brinsley Sheridan first staged The Rivals in 1775 it wasn’t an immediate success, and Selina Cadell’s new production at the Arcola takes some time to get going as well (at a running time of roughly three hours it has plenty).

Theatre Published on Wednesday October 22 2014 at 10:34

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Neville’s Island Duke of York’s Theatre, London

The Duke of York’s Theatre has been turned into damp, smelly swampland.

Theatre Published on Wednesday October 22 2014 at 10:14

Separate Tables Salisbury Playhouse

The second of Salisbury Playhouse’s autumn season in-the-round productions is much more successful than the first, breathing fresh air into Rattigan’s linked one-acters.

Theatre Published on Tuesday October 21 2014 at 18:52

The Milkshake Show - Party Party Live Radlett Centre, Radlett

This show will sell tickets purely because of the Milkshake brand.

Theatre Published on Tuesday October 21 2014 at 18:44

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The Scottsboro Boys Garrick Theatre, London

When I first reviewed The Scottsboro Boys at its British premiere last October for The Stage, I expressed doubts that it would have a commercial life beyond the Young Vic, despite being thrilled that London was getting the chance to see it at all.

Theatre Published on Tuesday October 21 2014 at 10:02

Elaine Paige In Concert Royal Albert Hall, London

With the emergence of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in 1970s as major players in a burgeoning musical theatre scene, Elaine Paige was already making a splash in the West End in productions of Hair and Billy.

Light Entertainment Published on Tuesday October 21 2014 at 09:56

Shadows of War Sadler’s Wells, London

The triumph of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s triple bill is in the way it sketches in the reaction of different societies as war approaches.

Dance Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 12:23

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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris Charing Cross Theatre, London

There is a scene in Act II of this new production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well in Living in Paris where all the elements come together to demonstrate how powerful the songs of the late Belgian-born songwriter can be.

Theatre Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 11:51

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A Farewell To Arms The Dukes, Lancaster

Some 84 years since Ernest Hemingway’s powerful story of love against all odds and the brutality of warfare made its Broadway debut, his iconic novel has finally been adapted for the UK stage.

Theatre Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 11:27

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The Bartered Bride Grand Theatre, Leeds

Not so much a Bohemian rhapsody, more a Czech tale of love in a cold war climate, Daniel Slater’s 1998 Opera North production won much praise for reimagining Smetana’s folk song-inspired opera by relocating its theme of true romance triumphing over an arranged marriage to the aftermath of the abortive Prague Spring of 1968.

Theatre Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 11:01

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Our Town Almeida Theatre, London

The award-winning American actor-director David Cromer brings his 2009 Off-Broadway hit revival of this classic play about small-town life to north London.

Theatre Published on Monday October 20 2014 at 10:55

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