Dark Road, Hall Green Little
Theatre: Ian Rankin’s first sortie
into the world of theatre is hardly a gentle one with this dark,
psychological thriller about a manipulative serial killer.
Pygmalion, Highbury Theatre
Centre: It's 102 years
this month since Professor Higgins first stepped on the
London stage to turn Eliza into a lady, and a century on what a
splendidly entertaining Pygmalion has been served up by the
Highbury Players.Read on.
Breakfast at Tiffany's, The
New Alexandra Theatre:
As breakfasts go this falls quite a few beans short of a full
English, or full American in this case, and a reworking of the
menu would not go amiss before a planned visit to the West End.Read on.
End of the Rainbow, Wolverhampton Grand: Judy Garland’s death from a
barbiturate overdose in 1969 marked the tragic end of a troubled
and fragile life.Read on.
Doctor Faustus, Swan Theatre,
Marlowe's Faustus is the terrifying story
of a man who sells his soul to the devil and the consequences
and regrets that follow.Read on.
Calling for help, Midlands Arts
Centre: Anyone who has ever been
our advisers/experts/whatever are busy
and that your call is
important to us,
over and over as the will to live slowly evaporates, knows
the frustration of call centres.Read on.
The Damned United, Derby Theatre:
I did not attend this production as a
neutral observerRead on.
Rehearsal for Murder, The New
Alexandra Theatre: Suicide or
murder? One suspect who takes the secret with them, or a whole
after show party of theatricals, all suspects and all with
apparent axes to grind.Read on.
The Rotters' Club, Birmingham Rep:
Novelist Jonathan Coe hails from Bromsgrove and studied
at Birmingham’s prestigious King Edwards School in Edgbaston in
Annie, Wolverhampton Grand: Annie seems to have been around forever,
but in fact premiered on Broadway in 1977 making it a more
modern musical than most imagine.Read
Heartbeat, The New Alexandra Theatre:
It's been six years
since Heartbeat left the UK screens after an
impressive run of 18 years and 377 episodes.Read on.
The Perfect Murder, Coventry Belgrade:
Of course there’s no such thing
as the perfect murder.
Don Quixote, The Swan Theatre,
Stratford-uppn-Avon: In an
adventure filled comedy, thick with colourful scenes and larger than life characters, David Threlfall and
Rufus Hound shine in James Fenton’s adaptation of Miguel De Cervantes’
classic novel about the eccentric nobleman and his squire. Read
Carmen, Malvern Theatres:
Bizet will probably not have
anticipated the arrival on stage of a huge white charger ridden
by a Spanish soldier and dancing to the rhythms of the
orchestra! Read on.
A Raisin in the Sun, Coventry Belgrade
B2: It's no surprise that the
inspiration for Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) to become a
dramatist should have been her encounter with the plays of Sean
Jackie The Musical, Coventry
Belgrade: We didn’t know what to expect
- how could anyone make a musical about a teenage girls’
magazine of the 60s and 70s?
Goodnight Mister Tom, The New Alexandra Theatre:It takes a special skill to create
a play that appeals as much to children as it does to adults.
Mary Poppins, Birmingham
Hippodrome: Practically perfect. This is
a show that lives up to its billing and more from fabulous sets
to wonderful choreography to an orchestra large enough to make a
difference – and what a cast.
A CHANCE to help the Arras without it costing a penny
Actor Samuel West make a heartfelt plea to save funding for
News and features
Let it Be: The story
of The Beatles arrives at the Birmingham Hippodrome next week
and producer Jeff Parry has been talking about the show.
End of the Rainbow: Lisa
Maxwell talks about appearing as Judy Garland in Peter Quilter's
hit musical drama which is in Malvern and heading for
Zizi Strallen talks about acting and her role as Mary Poppins
which opens at Birmingham Hippodrome on 9 March. More