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Arsenic and Old Lace – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Arsenic and Old Lace - TAB productions

Writer: Joseph Kesselring Director: John Goodrum Reviewer: Dave Smith TABS Productions returns to Nottingham’s Theatre Royal for their annual four-week summer thriller season, this year kicking off with Joseph Kesselring’s 1941 black comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. Although a very successful stage show in its own right, it will be familiar to most for Frank Capra’s 1944 film adaptation, starring Cary ...

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Wicked – The Alhambra, Bradford

Image Credit: Matt Crockett

Writer: Winnie Holzman (Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire) Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Beverley Haigh As a spin-off from The Wizard of Oz, undoubtedly one of the most famous musicals of all time, Wicked is fast becoming of equal standing, paralleling its predecessor in becoming an iconic show in its own right. As the ...

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Who Mourns for Bob the Goon? – HERE Arts Center, New York

Jolyn Carpenter, John Carhart, and Phillip Christian_Photo by Steven Pisano

Writer: Joshua Young Director: Lucia Bellini Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Reality and comic book fantasy blur into one another in Joshua Young’s Who Mourns for Bob the Goon?, as a group of people who believe they are third-tier comic book characters meet for their support group.  Helmed by Lucia Bellini, this production aspires to heroic brilliance but fails to save itself ...

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The Trial – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

The Trial - People Zoo Productions

Writer: Franz Kafka Adaptor: Evelyn Roberts and Matt Holt Director: Craig Sanders Reviewer: Donna Kelly Considering Franz Kafka wrote The Trial more than half a century ago, it’s uncanny prediction, both in subject matter and form, is eerily disturbing. In today’s world of mass surveillance and Islamic State brutality, this timeless tale of ordinary terror is as relevant today as ...

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Peter Pan in Scarlet – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme

Peter Pan In Scarlett Poster Image

Writer: Geraldine McCaughrean Adaptor/Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, or so it seems.  The story of a little boy who can fly and lives in Neverland along with other lost boys and Tinkerbell and her mischievous band of fairies.  Peter’s days are spent making Captain Hook’s life as problematic as possible whilst creating ...

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The Chamber of Beheaded Queens – Chapter One Books, Manchester

The Chamber of Beheaded Queens

Writer: KT Parker Director: Kate O’Leary Reviewer: Jo Beggs In one of many windowless rooms in an alternative afterlife, four beheaded queens are thrown together. Their one thing in common? Their gruesome and untimely demise. Anne Boleyn (Christine Corser) sits and sews..and..sews..and sews, while Mary Stewart (Ashleigh Barton) fritters away their ‘tokens’ trying to relive memories of the past. They’ve ...

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Concrete Jungle – Whitefield Garrick Theatre, Manchester

Concrete Jungle

Writer: Sarah O’Connell Director: Naomi Jones Reviewer: Jo Beggs Natalia can get the best out of people. That’s why she’s getting sent out as the sole journalist for a fly-on-the-wall TV documentary set in the dark world of drug dealing. Not that her boss, upper middle-class media man James, would touch this assignment with a barge pole. The idea of ...

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King Lear – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

PurpleCoat Productions' King Lear

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Karl Falconer Reviewer: Jim Gillespie PurpleCoat Productions bring their King Lear tour of Ireland and the UK to a finale at Pollard Street’s Hope Mill Theatre as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe. The bijou  venue provides an intimate setting for Shakespeare’s bleakest major tragedy, and the play itself is trimmed accordingly, but almost all elements ...

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