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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. Read on.

 

All 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. Read on

 

A mad world, my masters, Malvern Theatres: This is no evening’s entertainment for the prude! Read on.

 

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 play. Read on.

 

The 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 on.

 

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. Read on.

 

God 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. Read on.

 

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. Read on.

 

Saturday 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 doesn’t. Read on.

 

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. Read on.

 

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. Read on.

 

Top Hat, Birmingham Hippodrome: It is hard to imagine a more elegant musical than this. Read on.

 

My 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. Read on

 

The 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 Read on.

 

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. Read on.

 

The King's 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, wonderful theatre.  Read on.

 

The  History Boys, The New Alexandra Theatre: We all have teachers we remember fondly from those lost days of youth. Read on.

 

The curious 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.  Read on. 

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