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Heroes, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Worcester

Wife After Death, Hall Green Little Theatre

Swallows and Amazons, Stage2, Crescent Theatre

The Accrington Pals Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

Caught on the hop Sutton Arts Theatre

She Stoops to Conquer, Highbury Theatre Centre

Other reviews  

Sailor Beware!, Aldridge Youth Theatre

Barefoot in the Park, Lichfield Players

Echo Beach, Spotlight Youth Productions, Forest ARts Centre, Walsall

Les Misérables – Schools Edition, Aldridge School


Paul Marston

Reviewing amateur and professional stage and the CBSO 




Audition dates for West Side Story at Sutton Arts
Variety show at Highbury as mountain climb opener
 Shelfield line up favourites
Highbury lose out to beetles
Things that go bump at The Grange



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Rock 'n' Roll Heaven, Malvern Theatres

Jesus Christ Superstar, Malvern Theatres

Footloose - The Musical, The New Alexandra Theatre

Therese Raquin, Malvern Theatres

The Gruffalo,  Town Hall, Birmingham

April in Paris, Malvern Theatres

Annie Get Your Gun Malvern Theatres

Avenue Q Lichfield Garrick

Ghostland Cinema; Does it Start with a Kiss?; Wunschkonzert; Waiting Birmingham Rep

Wicked, Birmingham Hippodrome

Carmilla Wolverhampton Grand

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Malvern Theatres

Black Coffee, New Alexandra Theatre

Show Boat, Birmingham Hippodrome

Freefalling from Outer Space Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Next Door, BE Festival, Birminham Rep,

Annie Get Your Gun, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Another Country, Malvern Theatres

20th Century Boy, Wolverhampton Grand

The Mikado Wolverhampton Grand

Moses und Aron Birmingham Hippodrome

Iolanthe, Wolverhampron Grand

The Pirates of Penzance Wolverhampton Grand

Cadiz Flamenco Edition, Elmshurst School for Dnce

Christian Clarke

Reviewing theatre and comedy







Shelfield Male Voice Choir, Pelsall Community Centre

The Royal Opera: Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Birmingham Symphony Hall

Friday Night Classics – New York, New York, CBSO, Symphony Hall

Andris and Hakan in Concert, CBSO, Symphony Hall

48th Annual Concert of Remembrance, Canoldir Male Choir, Birmingham TOwn Hall

Performing Arts

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Bodyguard set for Wolverhampton date

Lazy Cow Doreen set for a final appearance

Who is in, who is out and who is moving up in the world at BRB More

Queensbury pupils set to be silent movie stars




Dominic Antonucci, Ballet Master at Birmingham Royal Ballet, talks about his new venture as a music promoter More

John Godber's gentle comedy September in the Rain opens at Lichfield Garrick this week and We have been talking to its stars More

Cast talk about Brassed Off and Roger Clarke looks at the background to the play More

Is West Side Story the best Musical ever?


with Gary Longden


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