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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:47 PM
Birmingham
MAMMA MIA: Music and Lyrics Benny Andersson Bjorn Ulvaeus, Book Catherine Johnson
Four Stars ****

Birmingham Hippodrome and Tour

Runs: 2h 40m, one interval
Tickets (Hippodrome): 0844 338 5000
Info: www.birminghamhippodrome.com
At the Hippodrome to 03 September 2016
Touring well into 2017
Info at: www.mamma-mia.com/uk-tour/

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 29 June 2016

It will make you feel so much better
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 09:38 AM
London
UGLY LOVELY
by Ffion Jones.

Three Stars ***

The Old Red Lion Theatre To 16 July

413 St John Street, Islington, London EC1V 4NJ to 16 July 2016.
Tues – Sat 7.30pm Mat Sat & Sun 3pm.
Runs 1hr 45 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 0844 482 5120.
www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 29 June.

A grim but hilarious tale of girls on the loose in Swansea
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 10:24 AM
London
Cuttin’ It
A new play by Charlene James

Royal Court Theatre, To July 9

Jerwood Theatre Upstairs,
Sloane Square,
London SW1W 8AS

Runs: 1hr 15 without interval

TICKETS 020 7565 -5000
In person: Mon–Sat, 10am-start of perf or 6pm if no show
On-line: www.royalcourttheatre.co.uk

Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen June 27, 2016:

A timely award-wnner
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 10:13 AM
London
The Truth
by Florian Zeller
in a version by Christopher Hampton.

Wyndham’s Theatre to 6 August

Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0DA to 6 August 2016.
Mon – Sat 8pm. Mat Thu & Sat 3pm.
Runs 1hr 30 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 0844 482 5120.
www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk
Review: William Russell 27 June.

Elegant farce about lies, infidelity and what comes after.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, June 27, 2016 - 02:16 PM
London
DANCING WITH THE DEVIL
by Aletta Lawson.

Lillian Bayliss Studio to 29 June

Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Roseberry Avenue, London EC1R 4TN to 29 June 2016.
Sun - Wed 7.45pm. Mat Wed 2.30pm.
Runs 90 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7863 8000.
www.sadlerswells.com
Review: William Russell 26 June.


An enthralling tale about a radiant star
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 02:08 PM
Birmingham Royal Ballet; Shakespeare Triple Bill
WINK (Choreography Jessica Lang, Music Jakub Ciupinski), MOOR'S PAVANE (Choreography Jose Limon, Music Henry Purcell), SHAKESPEARE SUITE (Choreography David Bintley Music Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhdorn)

Runs 2h 10m, two intervals, Birmingham Hippodrome
Info: www.brb.org.uk
Tickets: 0121 338 5000

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 25 06 16

Varied, multi-faceted, yet a satisfying whole
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, June 24, 2016 - 11:02 AM
London
It Is Easy To Be Dead
By Neil McPherson
Based on the poetry, letters and brief life of Charles Hamilton Sorley

Finborough Theatre to July 9

118 Finborough Road,
London SW10 9ED

Box Office: 0844 847 1652  
Book online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk

Runs: 1h 45 min with interval

Review: by Carole Woddis of perf seen June 23, 2016:

A beautifully woven, rich and moving performance
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 02:34 PM
London
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE – Pop Up Opera
Summer tour to 30 July
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Music by Gioachino Rossini.
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini.
Surtitles by Harry Percival.

Thames Tunnel Shaft, Rotherhithe, London SE16 4LF 21 June 2016.
Runs 2hr 30 mins One Interval.
Tour dates at end.

TICKETS: www.popupopera.co.uk
Review: William Russell 21 June.

Sparkling Rossini with surtitles to relish
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 02:22 PM
All in a good cause

Reviewer William Russell outlines a 25 June event:
Stonewall, funds, a response to the Orlando attack

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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 09:19 PM
Birmingham
Ex Cathedra Summer Concert:
Various: Rogers, Mathews, Morley, Joubert, Britten, Vaughan Williams, MacMillan, Rose, Rutter, Gershwin, Welch & Bennett, Brown, Elgar, Roth, Delius.
Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore
Birmingham Cathedral, Tuesday 21 June 2016

Ran: 1h 20m, no interval
Info: www.excathedra.co.uk

Review: David & Paul Gray

So much variety, yet a satisfying whole
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 09:00 PM
London
Wild
A new play by Mike Bartlett

Hampstead Theatre To July 16

Eton Avenue,
Swiss Cottage,
London NW3 3EU

Box Office: 020 7722 9301
Monday - Saturday 10am - 7pm
Online: www.hampsteadtheatre.com

Runs: 1hr 40 mins without interval.

Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen June 21, 2016:

A shaggy dog, or is it? Or what's a shaggy dog? What's a story? Wild
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 08:39 PM
London
No Villain
By Arthur Miller

Trafalgar Studios to July 23

14 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2DY

Runs: 90mins without interval

TICKETS: 0844 871 7632
www.atgtickets.com/trafalgarstudios

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen June 20, 2016:

A good news story, a great find, an excellent production.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 09:25 AM
Moving On
William Russell looks at some major changes to important London Fringe venues
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 09:09 PM
South
First Light
A new play by Mark Hayhurst

Minerva Theatre,
Chichester Festival Theatre to July 2

Oaklands Park
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6AP

Runs 2hrs 40mins with one interval

TICKETS: 01243 781 312;
www.cft.org.uk

Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen June 18, 2016:

How do you begin to do justice to this superb drama?
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 09:02 PM
London
Richard III
By William Shakespeare

Almeida Theatre to 06 08

Islington,
London N1 1TA

Runs: 3hr 10mins no interval

TICKETS 020 7359 4404 (24 hours)
In person: 10am-7.30pm (Mon-Sat)
On-line: www.almeida.co.uk

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen June 17, 2016

It didn't used to be a problem, now the problems resonate with power
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 03:14 PM
FURIOUS FOLLY: Mark Anderson
A 14-18 NOW Commission


A very special type of event

Alexander Ray Edser looks at a major commission commemorating the 14-18 War.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, June 17, 2016 - 07:33 PM
London
GERTRUDE
by Howard Barker.

Theatre N 16 to 30 June

The Bedford, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham SW12 9HD to 30 June 2016.
Sun – Thurs 7.30pm.
Runs 2 hr One interval.

TICKETS: 07969 138899.
www.theatren16.co.uk
Review: William Russell 16 June

Another way of viewing the tragedy of Hamlet
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 08:54 PM
London
Late Night
Presented by Blitz Theatre Group

Greece
Part of LIFT 2016

The Pit June 15 – 18

Barbican Centre,
Silk Street,
London EC2Y 8DS

Runs: 90mins without interval

www.barbican.org.uk

Review: by Carole Woddis of perf seen June 15, 2016:

Stunning stuff
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 08:47 PM
London
ALADDIN
Music by Alan Menken.
Book by Chad Beguelin.
Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice & Chad Beguelin.

Prince Edward Theatre, booking to 2017

28 Old Compton Street, London W1D 4HS

Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Thu, Fri & Sat 2.30pm.
Runs 2hr 30 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 0844 482 5151 & 0806 640 8101 (free).
www.aladdinthemusical.co.uk

A lavish magic carpet ride to pantomime land
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 08:27 PM
London.
HOBSON’S CHOICE
by Harold Brighouse.

Vaudeville Theatre to 10 September

404 Strand, London WC2R 0NH to 10 September 2016.
Mon – Sat 7.30pm. Mat Thur & Sat 2.30 pm.
Runs 2hr 20 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 0330 333 4814.
www.nimaxtheatre.com

Review: William Russell 15 June

A Choice worth making– a fine revival.
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Posted by : al_geary on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 03:43 PM
Nottingham/Touring.

THE JAMES PLAYS: Rona Munro.

Theatre Royal: Tkts 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Run: James I 2h 30m, James II 2h30m, James III 2h 40m: each play has one interval: till 12th June.
Performance times: 11.00am, 3.00pm and 7.30pm.
Review: Alan Geary: 11th June 2016.


Compelling stuff, with some fine acting
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, June 13, 2016 - 10:32 AM
London
Phaedra(s)
After Sarah Kane, Wajdi Mouawad and J M Coetzee
France/Poland
Part of LIFT 2016

Barbican Theatre June 9 – 18

Silk Street,
London EC2Y 8DS

Runs: 3hrs 35mins incl one interval

www.barbican.org.uk

Review: by Carole Woddis of perf seen June 10, 2016:

A performance of dark delights
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 04:07 PM
Chichester
Ross
By Terence Rattigan

Chichester Festival Theatre to June 25

Oaklands Park
Chichester, West Sussex PO19 6AP

Runs 3hrs withl 20 min interval

TICKETS: 01243 781 312;
www.cft.org.uk

Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen June 11, 2016:

Another look at another Rattigan – it stands the test of time.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 02:10 PM
London
Minefield
By Lola Arias (Argentina)
Part of LIFT 2016

Royal Court Theatre, 2 – 11 June

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
Sloane Square,
London SW1W 8AS

Runs: 1hr 40 mins without interval
www.royalcourttheatre.co.uk

Review: by Carole Woddis of perf seen June 9, 2016:

Powerful drama, uncomfortable questions.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 03:28 PM
Tour
Cavaleria Rusticana (Mascagni), Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)
WNO, on Tour

Runs: 3h 10m, one interval

Review: David & Paul Gray, Birmingham Hippodrome, 10 June 2016

Early operatic realism with superb singing all round.
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Posted by : al_geary on Friday, June 10, 2016 - 10:29 AM
Mansfield/Touring.

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY: Harold Pinter.

Palace Theatre Mansfield.
Touring: info The London Classic Theatre www.londonclassictheatre.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 20m: one interval.
Review: Alan Geary: 7th June 2016.


LCT are on top form with this one.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, June 10, 2016 - 10:25 AM
London
THE ALCHEMIST
by Ben Jonson.

The Rose Playhouse to 30 June

56 Park Street, London SE1 9AR to 30 June 2016.
Tues-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Sun 3pm.
Runs 1hr 30 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7361 9565
www.roseplaythouse.org.uk
Review: William Russell 9 June.

Fast, furious and funny farce.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 11:55 AM
London
THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE
by Jim Cartwright.

The Union Theatre, to 25 June

204 Union Street, London SE1 0LX to 25 June 2016.
Tues-Sat 7.30 pm Mat Sat & Sun 2.30pm.
Runs 2hr 10 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7261 9876.
www.uniontheatre.biz
Review: William Russell 5 June.

A good play to say Goodbye to the present Union, but the show, shows its age.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, June 07, 2016 - 08:41 PM
Book
FACING THE FEAR: An Actor's Guide to Overcoming Stage Fright
Bella Merlin
Nick Hern Books (NHB)

ISBN: 9 781848 423138
www.nickhernbooks.co.uk

Price £12.99

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 07 06 16

A special book, invaluable contribution to acting.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, June 07, 2016 - 10:22 AM
London
TITANIC
Music & Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Book by Peter Stone.
Charing Cross Theatre, to 6 August

The Arches, Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NL to 6 August 2016.
Mon – Sat 7.30pm. Mat Wed 2.30pm & Sat 3pm.
Runs: 2 hr 30 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 08444 930650
www.CharingCrossTheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 6 June

Titanic the musical – unsinkable.
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