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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, October 24, 2014 - 04:22 PM
London
MEMPHIS: Music & Lyrics by David Bryan
Book & Lyrics by Joe DiPietro
Shaftesbury Theatre

210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP
Mon – Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm to 28 March 2015

Runs 2 hr 30 mins One interval

TICKETS: 0207 379 5399
www.shaftesburytheatre.com
Review: William Russell 18 October

Soul stirring hit, everything a musical should be
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, October 24, 2014 - 04:09 PM
London
Unidentified Item in the Bagging Area: Sarah Simmonds
Old Red Lion Theatre

418 St John Street
London
EC1V 4NJ

7.30pm Tues-Sat, mats Sat 2.30pm, Sun 2pm

Runs: 2hrs with interval: to 06 11 15

TICKETS: 0844 412 4307
www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 21, 2014

A refreshing theatre balancing act
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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:50 PM
Watford.

THE ANGRY BRIGADE
by James Graham.

Palace Theatre 20 Clarendon Road WD17 1JZ To 25 October 2014.
Tue-Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu & Sat 2.30pm.
Runs 2hr 25min One interval.

TICKETS: 01923225671.
www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk
Review: Timothy Ramsden 22 October 2014 at Watford Palace Theatre.

Well-researched, if not documentary, you’re likely to like one half.
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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:13 PM
London.

THE SCOTSBORO BOYS
music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb
book by David Thompson

Garrick Theatre 2 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0HH To 21 February 2015.
Mon–Sat 7.45 pm Mat Wed & Sat 2.30pm.
Runs 1 hr 55 min No interval.

TICKETS: 0844 482 9673.
www.nimaxtheatre.com
Review: William Russell 22 October.

Dazzling, daring and difficult.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 11:23 AM
Birmingham and London
SOLOMON AND MARION: Lara Foot
Birmingham Rep, Baxter Theatre, Print Room
Birmingham Rep: 16 Oct – 1 November
The Print Room: 4 - 29 Nov


Review: Birmingham Rep 22 10 14, Alexander Ray Edser

A moving story, beautifully told.

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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 03:41 PM
Chekhov and the Coming Storm.

Carole Woddis ponders the disappearance of politics in recent Chekhov productions.


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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 03:25 PM
London
THE RIVALS
by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The Arcola Theatre

24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL to 15 November 2014.
Mon – Sat 7.30pm Mat Sat 3pm
Runs 3hr 5mins One interval

TICKETS: 0207 503 1646
www.arcolatheatre.com
Review: William Russell 21 October

An unrivalled revival
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 03:15 PM
Tour
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: Oscar Wilde
On Tour

New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham 21 – 25 October
Runs: 2h 30m, one interval

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 21 10 14

A cake, icing on the top, and a cherry on top of that.
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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 05:18 PM
Tour.

A FAREWELL TO ARMS
by Ernest Hemingway adapted by Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks.

imitating the dog Tour to 29 November 2014.
Runs 2hr 25min One interval.
Review: Timothy Ramsden 16 October at The Dukes Lancaster.

Apt and energetic adaptation.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:10 AM
London
Here Lies Love: David Byrne, Fatboy Slim

Dorfman Theatre,
National Theatre,

Upper Ground,
South Bank,
London SE1 9PX

8.00pm, Fri, Sats 9.00pm; mats Fri, Sats 5.00pm exc Wed Dec 31, 4pm

Caption perf: Dec 11, 8.00pm
Audio described & touch tour: Dec 5, 9.00pm & Dec 6, 5.00pm preceded by Touch Tour

Runs: 90mins without interval. To Jan 8 2015

TICKETS 020 7452 3000
In person: Mon– Sat, 9.30am-8pm
On-line: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/tickets

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 17, 2014:

Manipulation par excellence, excellently manipulated.
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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 06:56 AM
Bolton.

EARLY ONE MORNING
by Les Smith.

Octagon Theatre Howell Croft South BL1 1SB To 1 November 2014.
Mon-Sat 7.30pm except 20 Oct 5pm Mat 22, 25 Oct 2pm.
BSL Signed 30 Oct.
Post-show Discussion 27 Oct.
Runs 2hr One interval.

TICKETS: 0204 520661.
www.octagonbolton.co.uk
Review: Timothy Ramsden 17 October.

Alleged paths of glory lead to death and injustice.
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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 05:49 AM
Liverpool

BRIGHT PHOENIX
by Jeff Young lyrics by Martin Heslop.

Everyman Theatre Hope Street To 25 October 2014.
Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed 1.30pm Sat 2pm.
Captioned 25 Oct 2pm.
Runs 1hr 50min No interval.

TICKETS: 0151 709 4776.
www.everymanplayhouse.com
Review: Timothy Ramsden 15 October.

Drama, poetry, song combine in bright urban fantasy.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 02:43 PM
London
The Cherry Orchard : Anton Chekhov
Young Vic Theatre,

66 The Cut,
London SE1 8LZ

7.45, mats Wed, Sat 2.30m
Runs 1hr 50mins without interval. To 13 11 14

TICKETS: 020 7922 2922.
www.youngvictheatre.org
Discounts including under 26s (£10); free to Southwark and Lambeth residents,
phone 0207 922 2920 (Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm)

Review by: Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 16, 2014:

Less is more in this powerful production
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 02:30 PM
London
JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS
Music by Jacques Brel
English lyrics and additional material by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman

Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches

Villiers Street, London WC2N 6RH to 22 November 2014
Mon – Sat 7.45pm Mat Sat 3pm
Runs 2hr One interval

TICKETS: 0844 493 0650
www.londontheatredirect.com

Review: William Russell, 18 10 14

Pleasant Underneath the Arches, but this isn’t where Brel is.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 02:15 PM
Touring
SEQUINS ON MY BALCONY: by Yvette Cowles & Peta Lily
Rosemary Branch Theatre

2 Shepperton Road, London N1 3DT to 19 October 2014
Tour dates 9 November, Hoburne Bashley, New Milton; 1 December Beaufort Ladies Lunch, Newark; 31 January Newcastle; 21 March Cambridge. Details www.DanceYourselfHappy.com
Evenings 7.30pm Sun 5pm
Runs 1 hr No interval
TICKETS: 0207 704 6665
www.rosemarybranchtheatre.co,uk

Review: William Russell, 17 10 14

Smiling Through
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 01:55 PM
RSC
LOVE’S LABOURS LOST: William Shakespeare
RSC: Main House – Stratford Upon Avon

Info and Tickets: www.rsc.org.uk
Runs: 2h 45m, one interval, till 14 March 2015

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 18 10 14

Astonishing reappraisal of this tricky play
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:14 AM
London
TARTUFFE by Moliere
adapted by Paul Webster

The Space

269 West Ferry Road, London E14 3RS to 25 October 2014
Tues – Sat 7.30 pm
Runs 1hr 40 mins No interval; to 25 10 14

TICKETS: 0207 515 7798
www.space.org.uk

Review: William Russell 16 October

Double crossing in the deep South is a delight
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 10:01 AM
London
Uncle Vanya: Anton Chekhov
St James Theatre,

Palace Rd,
London SW1E 5JA

7.30pm; mats Thurs & Sat, 2.30pm

Runs: 2hrs 30 mins with interval. To 08 11 14

TICKETS: 0844 264 2140 T.0844 264 21400844 264 2140
Online: www.boxoffice@stjamestheatre.co.uk

Review: by Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 14, 2014:

A powerful mix of conflicting emotions
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Posted by : al_geary on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:37 PM
Nottingham/Touring.
ANTIGONE adapted Roy Williams.
Nottingham Lakeside Arts

Tkts 0115 846 7777 www.lakesidearts.org.uk
Touring Details: www.pilot-theatre.com.
Runs: 1h 40m: no interval.
Review: Alan Geary: 13th October 2014.

Sophocles would have been better. Otherwise not bad.
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Posted by : al_geary on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:34 PM
Nottingham.
REGENERATION: adapted by Nicholas Wright.
Theatre Royal

Tkts 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 18th October.
Performance times: 7.30pm, matinees 2.00pm Wed and 2.30pm Sat.
Review: Alan Geary: 14th October 2014.


Hugely rewarding and enriching at many levels.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 08:28 PM
Tour
BLOOD BROTHERS: Willy Russell
Birmingham Hippodrome 13 – 25 October
And Touring

Info and Tour Details: www.kenwright.com
Runs: 2h 55m, one interval.

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, Birmingham Hippodrome, 15 10 14

Nothing old-chestnut about this vigorous revival.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 03:33 PM
London
THE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE
by Merlin Holland and John O’Connor


Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2) 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY to 8 November 2014.
Mon – Sat 7.45pm Mat Thurs & Sat 3pm
Runs 2 hr 5 mins One interval.
TICKETS: 0844 871 7632
www.lovetheatre.com

Review: William Russell, 14 10 14

The folly of being Oscar.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 03:14 PM
OF MICE AND MEN: John Steinbeck
Birmingham Rep and The Touring Circuit
Runs: 2h 15m, one interval, to 01 11 14
The production will tour in 2015 - details tbc

Review: Alexander Ray Edser, 14 10 14

A tale of bad times, that are still with us.
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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 10:21 AM
Tour.

SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER
by Oliver Goldsmith.

Northern Broadsides Tour to 13 December 2014.
Runs 2hr 40min One interval.
Review: Timothy Ramsden 25 September at Oxford Playhouse.

The comedy could speak for itself.
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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 02:23 PM
Richmond.

THE DISTANCE
by Deborah Bruce.

Orange Tree Theatre 1 Clarence Road Richmond TW9 2SA To8 November 2014.
Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu & Sat 2.30pm.
Audio-described 21 Oct, 25 Oct 2.30pm.
Post-show Discussion: 23 Oct 2.30pm, 28 Oct.
Runs 2hr 5min One interval.

TICKETS: 020 8940 3633.
www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk
Review: Timothy Ramsden 13 October.

Fine and fluid production of increasingly involving drama.
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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Monday, October 13, 2014 - 03:00 PM
London.

THE DOG, THE NIGHT AND THE KNIFE
by Marius von Mayenburg translated by Maja Zade.

Arcola Theatre (Arcola 2) 24 Ashwin Street Dalston E8 3DL To 18 October 2014.
Mon-Sat 8pm Mat Sat 3pm.
Runs 1hr 20min No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7503 1646.
www.arcolatheatre.com
Review: Timothy Ramsden 29 September.

Bleakly compelling urban nightmare.

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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Monday, October 13, 2014 - 01:56 PM
London.

LETTER TO LARRY
by Donald MacDonald.

Jermyn Street theatre 16b Jermyn Street SW1Y 6ST 15 October 2014.
2.30pm.
Runs 1hr 10min No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7287 2875.
www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk
Review: Timothy Ramsden 1 October.

The dark background of fame made personal.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, October 13, 2014 - 10:08 AM
London
Henry IV: William Shakespeare
Donmar Warehouse

41 Earlham Street,
London WC2H 9LX

7.30pm, Mon-Sat; mats: Thurs & Sat, 2.30pm

2hrs without interval; till 29 11 14

Captioned perf: Mon, Nov 17, 7.30pm
Audio described perf: Sat, Nov 22, 2.30pm, touch tour 1.30pm

Tickets: 0844 871 7624 (Booking fee of £2.50 per transaction)
Opening hours: Personal callers: Mon - Sat: 10am – curtain up
Telephone: Mon-Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 10am-8pm
Online: www.donmarwarehouse.com

Day seats from 10.30am, in person from box office. Max 2 tickets per person.
Standing £7.50 on day if perf sold out
Standby £12 available 30 mins before perf

Barclays Front Row: tickets released 10am Mondays

Review by Carole Woddis of performance seen Oct 11, 2014:

Outstanding; most enjoyable.
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Posted by : TimothyRamsden on Monday, October 13, 2014 - 02:01 AM
Keswick.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
by William Shakespeare.

Theatre By The Lake Lakeside CA12 5DJ In rep to 8 November 2014.
8pm 14, 15, 20, 25, 30 Oct, 3, 7, 8 Nov.
2pm 15, 25, 30 Oct 8 Nov.
Audio-described 24 Sept 2pm.
Post-show Discussion 29 Aug.
Under 26s £5 29 Aug, 19 Aug, 10, 31 Oct.
Captioned 15 Oct 2pm.
Runs 2hr 20min One interval.

TICKETS: 017687 744411.
www.theatrebythelake.com
Review: Timothy Ramsden 13 August.

Thankfully, more comedy than errors in Keswick’s production.
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Posted by : Jan_Pick on Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 12:06 PM
Birmingham
Play: For The Past 30 Years.
Six monologues researched and written by Naylah Ahmed, Stephanie Dale, Katy Knight, Stephanie Ridings, Hannah Silva and Polly Wright.
The Door: Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

Tkts: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
Runs: 1 h 30m: 9th – 11th October
Start: 8.00 p.m.
Review: Jan Pick: 9.10.14

Women at Work. - Stories that need to be told.
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