Holmes for the Holidays,
Grange Playhouse: Now, before we start, I
can’t see anything funny about the murder – twice – of a theatre
critic, but the audience certainly did in this romp of a comedy
A Wayne in a manger, Stage2,
Crescent Theatre: Christmas has many
traditions: the Yule log, wassailing, the holly and the ivy,
mistletoe, Christingles . . .
and the primary school nativity play.
Gaslight, The New Alexandra
Theatre: The year is 1871, January, and Bella Manningham
is a woman living in a twilight world on the edge of madness.
Chicago - The Musical: The New
Alexandra Theatre: Who says crime doesn’t
pay? If you are pretty, sexy, can throw in adultery and a slice
of good-time-girl and, for good measure, commit murder in
sensational style – your career is made.Read on.
The Tempest, Royal Shakespeare
Company, Stratford-upon-Avon: Gregory
is a remarkable interpretation of Shakespeare’s romance
involving themes of sorcery, establishment rule and love.
Jack and the beanstalk, Sutton
Arts Theatre: It's a Christmas cracker!
If Carling did panto this would be one of theirs, probably the
best amateur panto I have yet seen, and I have seen a lot.
Treasure Island, Birmingham
Rep: “Ooh Arr Jim lad”, as Robert Newton
might well have said, “Avast and belay, what have the landlubbin’
blaggards done to ‘ee, matey!”.
The Nutcracker, Birmingham
Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome: Sir
Peter Wright, celebrating his 90th
birthday, summed up the opening night of BRB’s Christmas season
of his Nutcracker perfectly – sensational.