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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 04:24 PM
London
THE MARCH ON RUSSIA, by DAVID STOREY
An Orange Tree Theatre production in association with Up in Arms
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, until 7 October, 2017.
2hrs 25 minutes with one interval
4Stars****


Review: Tom Aitken 12 September 2017

Compelling close-up theatre
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Posted by : al_geary on Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 12:14 PM
Nottingham.

THE KITE RUNNER: adapted by Matthew Spangler.
4Stars****


Nottingham Playhouse.
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 55m: one interval.
Review: Alan Geary: 1st September 2017.


One of the best Nottingham Playhouse productions in recent years.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 12:20 PM
Birmingham & Tour
Jane EYRE: based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte, devised by the original company
Birmingham Rep till 16 September 2017
Bristol Old Vic & National Theatrre Touring
4****


Runs Approx 3h 15m, one interval
B’ham Rep till 16 09, then tour to 21 10
Bham Rep BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
Information: http://www.bristololdvic.org.uk/janeeyretour.html

Review: Rod Dungate, 04 September 2017

@Rod_Dungate

Multi-layered story-telling

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, August 28, 2017 - 02:13 PM
Birmingham
West Side Story
Stage Experience
The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
7.30 23rd to 26th August 2017
Four Stars ****

Review: Paul & David Gray

A Young Cast, Mature Beyond its Years
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, August 28, 2017 - 12:26 PM
London.
WINDOWS
by John Galsworthy.
4 Stars****

The Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED to 9 September 2017.

Tues-Sun 7.30pm Mat Sat & Sun 3pm.
Runs 2 hr 10 mins Two intervals.

TICKETS: 0844 847 1652.
www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 24 August.


A daring choice to revive,

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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 12:47 PM
London.
LOOT
by Joe Orton.
4 Stars ****

The Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP to 24 September 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu, Sat & Sun 3pm.
Runs 2 Hr One interval.

TICKETS: 0207870 6876/
www.parktheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 23 August.


Orton still hits all the targets
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 11:43 AM
London.
KNIVES IN HENS
by David Harrower.
2 Stars **

The Donmar Warehouse, 41 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LX to 7 October 2017.

Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Thu & Sat 2.30pm.
Runs 90 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 0844 871 7624.
www.donmarwarehouse.com
Review: William Russell 22 August

Modern classic or no, a deeply depressing revival
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, August 21, 2017 - 04:01 PM
London
THE ODYSSEY
by Phil Wilmott
original adaptation of Homer by Samuel Butler

4 Stars ****

The Scoop, City Hall, Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA to 7 September 2017.

Wed-Sun 6pm.
Runs 3h 30 mins Two intervals.


TICKETS: The Event is free but they pass the bucket.
Review: William Russell 18 August.

Gods, monsters, seductresses and bare chested heroes
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 11:42 AM
London
13 THE MUSICAL
Music & lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Book by Dan Elish & Robert Horn.
5 Stars *****

The Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, London WC2 9 ND to 23 August 2017.
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21 Aug 2 pm; 22 Aug 5pm & 8pm; 23 Aug 12pm, 4pm &8pm.
Runs 85 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7395 5465.
www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 18 August.


Bar Mitzvah Joy
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, August 18, 2017 - 10:06 AM
London.
KING LEAR
by William Shakespeare.
4Stars ****

Shakespeare’s Globe. 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT to 14 October 2017.

Mon-Sat 7pm. Mat Tue, Thu & Sat 2pm/
Runs 3hr 5 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7401 9919.
www.shakespearesglobe.com
Review: William Russell 16 August.

A blackly comic tragedy
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, August 18, 2017 - 09:49 AM
London.
THE BOOT
by Peter Briffa
Three stars ***

The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar, 169 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2NA to 20 August in Camden Festival.

Performances 9pm.
Runs 45 mins No interval.

TICKETS 020 7704 2001.
www.thehenchickenstheatrebar.co.uk
Review: William Russell 18 August


A corkscrew of a thriller
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 03:12 PM
London.
HANSEL & GRETEL -
and the witch Baba Yaga
by Daniel Winder.
4Stars ****


St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9ED to 3 September 2017.
Mon – Sat NOT Tues at 2.30pm & 7pm.
Runs 2hr 35 mins One interval.

TICKETS:
www.iristheatre.com
Review: William Russell 8 August.

<b.A grim fairy tale enchantingly performed
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 02:45 PM
Apologies for our recent absence. Central servers have been upgraded and put everything off-line for a ouple of days. Bute we're back. Thaks for staying with us.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 04:29 PM
London.
APOLOGIA
by Alexi Kaye Campbell
4Stars ****

Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London to 18 November 2017.

Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Thu & Sat 2.30pm.
Runs

TICKETS: 0870 060 6632.
www.atgtickets.com
Review: William Russell 8 August

Stockard Channing on top form
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 10:31 AM
London.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
by William Shakespeare.
3Stars ***
The Rose Playhouse, 56 Park Street, London SE1 9AR to 26 August 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm Mat Sun 3pm.
Runs 90 mins No interval.

TICKETS: 020 7261 9565
www.roseplayhouse.org.uk
Review: William Russell 5 August.


A jolly romp into the woods and out again
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 10:14 AM
London
MRS ORWELL
By Tony Cox
3Stars***

Old Red Lion theatre, 418 John Street, Islington, London EC1V 4NJ to26 August 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Sat & Sun 3pm.
Runs 2hr One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7837 7816.
www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 5 August.

A very strange romance
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 12:29 PM
London.
Treating Odette
by Jennifer Selway.
Three stars ***

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village, London N6 4BD to 6 August 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm Sun 4pm and from 1-6 August as part of the Camden Festival Tues,Thu & Sat 7.30pm Wed & Fri 9.15pm and Sun 5pm/
Runs 80 mins No interval.

Tickets: 020 8340 3488.
www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com
Review: William Russell 23 July.

Remembering Odette and Anna
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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 10:20 AM
Three Choirs Festival
The Great and Wide Sea – Three Choirs Festival
Worcester Baptist Church 24th July 2017
Opus Anglicanum - Choral Works with Narrator:
Lynne Plowman b.1969 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Sally Beamish b.1956 Sea Psalm Alexander Campkin b.1984 ‘by still waters’

5*****

Review: David & Paul Gray

A Modern Sequence of Words and Music

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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 10:10 AM
Three Choirs Festival
Saint-Saens Organ Symphony - Three Choirs Festival
Worcester Cathedral 24th July 2017
William Lloyd Webber Aurora Poulenc Organ Concerto Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3 ‘Organ’

4 ****
Review: Paul & David Gray

From Night Mists to the Rejoicing Heights

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:19 PM
Three Choirs Festival
Sacconi Quartet – Suk, Shostakovich and Beethoven
Worcester Baptist Church – 29th July 25
5*****
Paul & David Gray

Dark Music illuminated on a Summer Morning



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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 12:08 PM
Three Choirs Festival
Song Recital - Kitty Whately & Simon Lepper, Three Choirs Festival
Huntington Hall, Worcester - July 28th 2017
5*****

David & Paul Gray

Songs to ‘Hold This City All Night’


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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, July 31, 2017 - 11:59 AM
London.
COMING CLEAN
by Kevin Elyot
3 ***

The King’s Head Theatre, 115 Upper Street, London N1 1QN to 26 August 2017.

Tues-Sat 7pm. Mat Sat 3pm.
Runs 2 hrs One interval.
TICKETS: 020 7206 4443.
www.kingsheadtheatre.com
Review: William Russell 29 July.

A worth catching fascinating revival
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 12:08 PM
London.
ROAD
by Jim Cartwright.
4Stars ****

The Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, Sloane Square, London to 9 September 2017.

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

TICKETS: 020 7565 5000.
www.royalcourttheatre.com
Review: William Russell 28 July.

Our Friends Up North - booze, bicker and survive
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Posted by : RodDungate on Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 11:57 AM
London
JUST TO GET MARRIED
by Cicely Hamilton,
4Stars ****

The Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED to 19 August 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm. Mat Sat 3pm.
Runs 2hr 10 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 0844 847 1652.
www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk
Review: William Russell 27 July.


Fine revival of a forgotten play which still hits home
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:56 AM
London.
THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE - aged 13 and three quarters.
Music by Pippa Cleary, book by Jake Brunger, lyrics by Pippa Cleary & Jake Brunger.
4Stars ****
Menier Chocolate Factory, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU to 9 September 2017.


Tues-Sat 8pm Mat Sat & Sun 3.30pm.
Runs 2hr 10 mins One interval.

TICKETS: 020 7378 1713.
www.menierchocolatefactory.com
Review: William Russell 26 July.

The Mole truth and nothing but – the diarist from Leicester
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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 11:34 AM
Three Choirs Festival
lMendelssohn St Paul – The Three Choirs Festival
Worcester Cathedral
Sunday 23 J

5*****

Review: Paul & David Gray

A little performed work we should hear more of


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Posted by : RodDungate on Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:33 AM
Stratford Upon Avon, London
TITUS ANDRONICUS:: William Shakespeare
4Star****

RSC: Main House

Runs: 3h 10m, one interval. Stratford then London till 19 Jan 2018
Tkts: 0844 800 1110
www.rsc.org


@TheRSC

Review: Rod Dungate, 26 July 2017

A play chillingly for our Time
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Posted by : al_geary on Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 09:23 AM
Nottingham.

MARIE LLOYD AND THE MUSIC HALL MURDER: Karen Henson.
3Stars***


National Justice Museum.
Full Info: www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 1h 45m: one interval: till 28th July.
Performance times: 7.30pm (matinees Weds and Thurs 2.00pm and Sat 3.00pm),
Review: Alan Geary: 25th July 2017.


Nottingham’s Thriller Season goes site-specific. Highly entertaining.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:38 AM
Three Choirs Festival 2017 Worcester
A Child of Our Time
Worcester Cathedral – Saturday 22 July 2017
4 ****

Review: Paul & David Gray

Three English Giants: Elgar, Britten, Tippett

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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, July 24, 2017 - 09:13 AM
London.
THE HIRED MAN
Music & Lyrics by Howard Goodall
Book by Melvyn Bragg
3 ***

The Union Theatre, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR to 12 August 2017.

Tues-Sat 7.30pm Mat Sat & Sun 2.30pm.
Runs 2hr 15 mins One interval.
TICKETS: 020 7261 9876.
www.uniontheatre.biz
Review: William Russell 21 July.

Hard times in Cumbria,
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