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Vita and Virginia, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Worcester

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Stars, Stage2, Crescent Theatre

Suddenly at Home, Highbury Theatre Centre

Far from the madding crowd, Hall Green Little Theatre

The Women in the Moon, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Full Monty, Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Comant, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall.

The Dresser, Mint Theatre Society

Birdsong, Sutton Arts Theatre

Lovesong, Highbury Theatre Centre

Chime Hours, Hall Green Little Theatre

Dangerous Obsession, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster.

Neighbourhood Watch, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Worcester

No Sex Please, We're British, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Nonentities.

Hay Fever, Hall Green Little Theatre

The Perfect Murder, Sutton Arts Theatre

Boeing, Boeing, Highbury Theatre Centre

Arsehammers-Adult child/Dead child Stage2, The Crescent Theatre

Cinderella, Hall Green Little Theatre

Cinderella, Sutton Arts Theatre

The Lion in Winter, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

A Christmas Carol, Mint Theatre Society, Stonnall Village Hall

The Ballad of Lady Bessy, The Loft, Leamington Spa

Call Me Dusty, Hall Green Little Theatre

Aladdin, Birmingham Youth Theatre, The Old Rep

Look Back in Anger, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Dangerous Obsession, Sutton Arts Theatre.

Summer's Last Will and Testament, King Edward VI School, Straford-upon-Avon

The Trouble With Old Lovers, Highbury Theatre Centre

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Other reviews

Jack and the Beanstalk, Aldridge Youth Theatre

The Addams Family, Brownhills Musical Theatre Company

Cats. WBOS Youtheatre

 

NEWS 

Sutton Arts are holding open auditions for Hello Dolly! which opens in June, 2017.

Moorpool Players bring the curtain down on 39 years of plays in Harborne

 

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Funny Faces, The Artrix, Bromsgrove

Spamalot, Derby Theatre

Hansel and Gretal, Malvern Theatres

This House, Birmingham Rep

Blood Brothers, Wolverhampton Grand

The Last Ship, The New Alexandra Theatre

What The Ladybird Heard,

Coventry Belgrade

Hansel and Gretel, Coventry Belgrade B2

20th Century Boy, Malvern Theatres

Brighton Rock, Birmingham Rep

The Fantastic Follies Of Mrs Rich, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Swan Theatre

A Streetcar Named Desire Malvern Theatre

Justin's Band TH (04-18) Birmingham Town Hall

Dear Zoo, Coventry Belgrade

Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Coventry Belgrade

Fat Friends - The Musical, The New Alexandra Theatre

A Brave Face, Malvern Theatres

The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas, The New Alexandra Theatre

Turn of the Screw, Malvern Theatres

The Importance of Being Earnest, Lichfield Garrick

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Sting's The Last Ship has its UK Premiere next month and came to The New Alexandra Theatre on 16 April. Watch the video of the launch here.

 

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Yeoman of the Guard, CBSO, Symphony Hall

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NEWS

Iain Mackay dances his farewell in his final performance with Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Symphony Hall More

Grange Players in Walsall are in danger of folding unless they can raise £60,000 after their theatre, the Grange Playhouse was closed over health and safety concerns after a fire inspection. More

 

FEATURES

It's a touch of the Vorsprung durch techniks with Welsh National Opera's collaboration with Bonn's Oper der Stadt Bonn to create their Verdi Machine to be seen for the first time in La forza del destino at Birmingham Hippodrome. More.

Sam Rabone talks to Gary Longden about his role as Widow Twankey in Aladdin at Lichfield Garrick More

 

 

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The Last Ship, The New Alexandra Theatre: Take a magnificent set, quality music, a fine cast and a solid heartfelt story well told and what’s not to like? Read on.

 

The Fantastic Follies Of Mrs Rich Or The Beau Defeated, The Royal Shakespeare Company: The Commonwealth period under Oliver Cromwell brought Puritan values cruelly to the fore. It saw an appalling wastage of church paintings and stained glass, and not least, saw theatres lose the entitlement to present plays. Read On.  

Evita, Birmingham Hippodrome: It's more than 30 years since I first saw Evita, and I have seen it quite a few times over the years since then, but this is something else, on a different plane, by far and away the best Evita I have ever seen. Read on.

Quartet, Birmingham Rep: The only really good thing about growing old is that it is better than the alternative – being guest of honour at the crematorium as retired baritone Wilfred puts it so succinctly in Ronald Harwood’s 1999 play Quartet.  Read on.

The Winslow Bow, Birmingham Rep: Terence Rattigan was one of the giants among twentieth century dramatists and with this wonderful production it is easy to see why. Read on.

Shrek - The Musical, The New Alexandra Theatre: It’s been ten years since Shrek, the jolly green giant, took to the stage for the first time on Broadway and if anything this current touring production is better than ever.  Read on.

Penguins, Birmingham Rep: This world premiere of the wonderful, stylised tale of two chinstrap penguins at New York’s Central Park Zoo, manages, in less than an hour, to both captivate and challenge our popular perception of theatre for children. Read on.

Cinderella, Birmingham Hippodrome: What an absolute Christmas cracker of a pantomime – as close to panto perfection as you are likely to get. Read on.

The 101 Dalmatians, Birmingham Rep: The Rep has found itself a wonderful Christmas treat – complete with spots - to delight families over the festive season.  Read on

A CHANCE to help the Arras without it costing a penny More
Actor Samuel West makes a heartfelt plea to save funding for theatres - More
News and features
Welsh National Opera: It's a touch of the Vorsprung durch techniks with WNO's collaboration with Bonn's Oper der Stadt Bonn to create their Verdi Machine to be seen for the first time in La forza del destino at Birmingham Hippodrome. More.
Iain Mackay dances his farewell in his final performance with Birmingham Royal Ballet at Birmingham Symphony Hall More
Grange Players in Walsall are in danger of folding unless they can raise £60,000 after their theatre, the Grange Playhouse, was closed over health and safety concerns after a fire inspection. More
BTA Awards 2017: Our reviewers have been looking back  at their best productions of 2017 with Roger Clarke, Roderic Dunnett, Alison Brinkworth and Gary Longden
Birmingham Hippodrome is running term time sessions with a hint of theatre for pre-school children More
WNO at Birmingham Hippodrome: John Asquith has had the task of teaching the WNO cast and chorus to sing the Russian season in . . .  Russian More
Hall Green Little Theatre stalwart Jean Wilde opened in The Testament of Mary at the Edinburgh Fringe  More
Stage2's adaptations of Claire Dowie monologues into ensemble pieces has seen Bloomsbury publish four of the plays with the expanded scripts aimed at schools and youth theatres. More
Birmingham Hippodrome season launch saw producers and directors form forthcoming shows plus Tom Chambers talking about the start of his career and Welsh National Opera’s Natalya Romaniw singing one fine day. More

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