A view from the bridge, Wolverhampton Grand: The USA in
the 1950s was a land of opportunity, or so it seemed to the
dirt-poor immigrants from southern Italy where jobs were as
scarce as honest politicians.
my sons, Birmingham Rep: Arthur Miller’s
brooding cauldron of morality, set in a post second world war
family with its secrets and lies, is brought to life by
the highly talented Talawa Theatre Company.
mad world, my masters, Malvern Theatres: This is no
evening’s entertainment for the prude!
Arcadia, The New Alexandra Theatre: An evening of
past living cheek by jowl with present, science versus art,
chance, chaos theory, Newton’s second law of thermodynamics and
assumptions made about history sounds more like a lecture than a
Ladykillers, Hall Green Little Theatre: The first hurdle
for any company contemplating the stage version of this much
loved Ealing comedy is the necessarily elaborate set and Hall
Green have cleared that particular obstacle with ease.Read
Cirque Berserk, Birmingham Rep: It is amazing what the
human body is capable of – although to be honest mine declined
to be involved in this discussion.
of Carnage, Swan Theatre, Amateur Company, Worcester:
Imagine a sort of happy families crossed with a grown up version
of Lord of the Flies all set in a suburban Paris sitting room.
One man, Two Guvnors, Wolverhampton Grand: You can count
the number of plays that are as outlandishly and gloriously
funny as this on one hand and probably have fingers to spare.
Night Fever, The New Alexandra Theatre: :Producing
a live version of an iconic movie of this level of fame will
undoubtedly be a challenge, in the end it either works or it
And then there were none, Malvern Theatres: This
chilling murder mystery was given the respect it deserved with a
fantastic stage setting and strong cast.
Dinosaur Zoo, Birmingham Hippodrome:
If you really rather like dinosaurs and have a child who utterly
LOVES dinosaurs, then you may well be
on to a winner.
Top Hat, Birmingham Hippodrome: It is hard to imagine a
more elegant musical than this.
Cousin Rachel, Dudley Little Theatre:Philip was orphaned at seven and was brought up by
his cousin Ambrose with the pair living a bachelor life, running
a large Cornish estate outside Bodmin.
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Malvern Theatres: This
Children’s Touring Partnership production, playing to a full
house in Malvern at the start of its tour, is a compelling
adaptation of John Boyne’s fable
Jeeves & Wooster, Perfect Nonsense, Birmingham Rep:
It might not be 50 shades but there are certainly a couple of
shades of The 39 Steps in this theatrical sortie into the
outlandish, eccentric world of Pelham Grenville Wodehouse.
Speech, Birmingham Rep: If you missed the film
then don’t miss the play, and if you saw the film still don’t
miss the play - this is simply glorious,
History Boys, The New Alexandra Theatre:We all
have teachers we remember fondly from those lost days of youth.
Incident of the dog in the Night-time, Wolverhampton Grand: Every so often there comes along a play which transcends
mere performance to take theatre to another plane, another world
of wonder where time flies by.
A CHANCE to help the Arras without it costing a penny
Actor Samuel West make a heartfelt plea to save funding for
arguably the most brilliant ballerina of her generation’ is to dance her
last ever performances in Britain at Birmingham Hippodrome in September
News and features
Birmingham Royal Ballet arrived in Birmingham
their new facilities were state of the art – among the best in
the ballet business with rehearsal studios, offices, space and a
huge theatre, the Hippodrome, next door.
Twenty five years on and the world had
not only caught up but forged ahead, state of the art had become
merely an echo of the 90s.
Coventry Belgrade enjoyed last year's tour of
Peter James' The Perfect Murder which gave us a
psychological thriller and murder mystery complete with laughs.
Now the same team bring another James' novel to the stage with
he chilling Dead Simple which opens at this month
Birmingham Royal Ballet:
Who is in, who is out and who is moving up in
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Ruth Brilltalks about choreographing George
Gershwin's iconic Rhapsody in Blue for
BRB's Evening of Music and Dance at Symphony Hall