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Topic: Midlands

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Posted by : al_geary on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:03 AM
Nottingham.

HOLES: Louis Sachar.
4Stars****


Nottingham Playhouse.
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 1h 45m: one interval: till 22nd April.
Performance times: 7.00pm (matinees 3.00pm 15th, 21st and 22nd, and 1.30pm 17th and 18th)
Review: Alan Geary: 5th April 2018.


Unlike a lot of feel-good plays this one actually makes you feel good.
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Posted by : al_geary on Monday, March 19, 2018 - 09:29 AM
Nottingham.

OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD: Timberlake Wertenbaker.
4Stars****


Nottingham Playhouse.
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 3h 0m: one interval: till 24th March.
Performance times 7.30pm (matinées 1.30pm Thurs 15th and 22nd, 2.30pm Sat 24th).
Audio Described at all performances.
Review: Alan Geary: 13th March 2018.


Splendid play. Fine production.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, March 09, 2018 - 10:22 AM
Mozart’s Women
4th February 2018
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
5 Stars *****

A Glorious All-Mozart Evening

Review: Paul Gray

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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 03:17 PM
Birmingham and Tour
Elephant: Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti
3***


Birmingham Rep Theatre, The Door and Tour
Runs: 1h 30m, no interval, at the Rep till, 3 March
Bham Rep BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk


Review: Rod Dungate, 22 02 18




@Rod_Dungate

The surface may shine, but beware of what lies beneath.

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Posted by : al_geary on Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 01:03 PM
Nottingham
WONDERLAND: Beth Steel.
4Stars****


Nottingham Playhouse.
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 24th February.
Performance times: 7.30pm (matinees 2.30pm Sat 24th, 1.30pm Thurs 15th)
Review: Alan Geary: 13th February 2018.

Best play so far about the Miners’ strike.


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Posted by : RodDungate on Tuesday, January 02, 2018 - 10:05 AM
Birmingham
Christmas Music by Candlelight
Ex Cathedra
21 December
St Paul’s Church Hockley
5*****


Review: Paul & David Gray

A truly magical Christmas Offering

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Posted by : RodDungate on Friday, December 29, 2017 - 12:06 PM
Birmingham
CINDERELL
4 Star****


Runs: Approx 2h 15m, one interval
Tickets: 0844 338 5000
Info: www.birminghamhippodrome.com

Review Rod Dungate 22 December 2017

@Rod_Dungate

Pushes all the right Buttons
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Posted by : al_geary on Monday, December 18, 2017 - 10:32 AM
Mansfield

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK.
4****


Palace Theatre: Tkts 01623 633133 palacetheatre@mansfield.gov.uk.
Runs: 2h 20m: one interval: till 7th Jan.
Performance times: 10.30am 19th Dec, 12 noon 24th and 31st Dec, 1.00pm 8th Jan, 2.30pm most days, 5.00pm 7th Jan, 7.00pm most days. No performances on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Signed Performances 10th Dec 7pm and 11th Dec 2.30pm.
Review: Alan Geary: 8th December 2017.


Sizzling entertainment for all ages.
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Posted by : al_geary on Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:21 AM
Nottingham

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
3Stars***


Theatre Royal: Tkts 0115 989 5555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 10m: one interval: till 14th Jan.
Performance times: Varies, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 7.15pm (check with box office).
Audio Described: 2.30pm 16th Dec and 1.30pm 7th Jan.
Sign Language Interpreted: 1.30pm 14th Dec, 1.30pm 17th Dec, 7.15pm 12th Jan.
Captioned Performance: 2.30pm 6th Jan.
Relaxed Performance: 1.30pm and 7.15pm 10th Jan.
Review: Alan Geary: 10th December 2017.


Go and see this, but be on hand to cover the children’s ears when necessary.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, December 11, 2017 - 09:57 AM
Birmingham
The One Hindered and One Dilations: Original Story, Dodie Smith; Adaptation: Debbie Isitt
4****


Birmingham Rep Theatre
Runs: 2h 15m, one interval, til13 January 2018
Bham Rep BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk


Review: Rod Dungate, 9 December 2017



@Rod_Dungate

Enchanting, magical puppetry, but misses a trick or two<//b>
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Posted by : RodDungate on Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 06:01 PM
Birmingham
Monteverdi Vespers (1610)
Ex Cathdedra Consort & Baroque Ensemble
His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts
Birmingham Town Hall
3rd December 2017 4.00
5*****


Review: David Gray

Flawless reading of a Baroque Masterpiece

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Posted by : al_geary on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 04:51 PM
Nottingham.

THE CHERRY ORCHARD: Anton Chekhov.
4Stars****


Nottingham Playhouse.
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 18th November.
Performance times 7.30pm (matinée 1.30pm Thurs 16th).
Audio Described Performances Thurs 16th 7.45pm.
Captioned and Signed Performance Weds 15th.7.45pm.
Review: Alan Geary: 7th November 2017.


The strengths of the evening easily counter its weaknesses.
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Posted by : RodDungate on Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 03:47 PM
Birmingham
NATIVITY: Debbie Isitt
4****


Runs: 2h 25m, one interval, to 12 November 2017

Bham Rep BO: 0121 236 4455
www.birmingham-rep.co.uk
Touoring to 6 Jan, details below

Review: Rod Dungate, 28 October 2017


@Rod_Dungate

A glorious poppy-field blossoms on the B’ham Rep stage
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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 09:16 AM
Birmingham
Ex Cathedra & Members of CBSO - Bach Concert Saturday 14th October Symphony Hall

Programme:
Bach - Cantatas x 2 Orchestral Suite in D Major Bach – Magnificat

Review: Paul & David Gray
Magnificent Magnificat – An All-Bach Concert
4****


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Posted by : RodDungate on Monday, October 23, 2017 - 09:16 AM
Birmingham
Ex Cathedra & Members of CBSO - Bach Concert Saturday 14th October Symphony Hall

Programme:
Bach - Cantatas x 2 Orchestral Suite in D Major Bach – Magnificat

Review: Paul & David Gray
Magnificent Magnificat – An All-Bach Concert
4****


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Posted by : al_geary on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:07 AM
Nottingham.

ALL MY SONS: Arthur Miller.
4Stars****

Nottingham Playhouse.

www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 21st October.
Performance times 7.30pm (matinées 2.30pm Sat 14th and 1.30pm Thurs 19th).
Audio Described Performances Sat 14th 2.30pm and Thurs 19th: Captioned Performance Weds 18th: Signed Performance Weds 18th.
Review: Alan Geary: 10th October 2017.


A fine production of a great American classic.
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Posted by : al_geary on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 04:54 PM
Nottingham.

WRECK: Toby Campion.
4Stars****


Nottingham Playhouse.
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk. (Full Details from Fifth Word)
Runs: 55m: no interval: till 30th September.
Performance times: 7.45pm.
Review: Alan Geary: 23rd September 2017.


In all respects this one-hander is quite brilliant.
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Posted by : al_geary on Friday, September 22, 2017 - 10:47 AM
Nottingham.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: adapted by Sara Pascoe.
3Stars***

Nottingham Playhouse.

www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 55m: one interval.
Review: Alan Geary: 19th September 2017.


A confused and messy affair with some nice moments.
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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 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 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 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 : 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 : al_geary on Friday, July 21, 2017 - 11:01 AM
Nottingham.

DANGEROUS CORNER: J B Priestley.
4Stars****


Nottingham Playhouse.
www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk.
Runs: 2h 30m: one interval: till 22nd July.
Performance times: 7.30pm (matinees Weds 2.00pm and Sat 3.00pm),
Review: Alan Geary: 18th July 2017.


One of the best things the Classic Thriller Season has come up with in years.
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Posted by : al_geary on Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:25 AM
Nottingham/Touring.

OUT OF ORDER: Ray Cooney.
3Stars***


Theatre Royal: Tkts 0115 9895555 www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk.
Full information: Tom O’Connell Productions.
Runs: 2h 5m: one interval: till 21st July.
Performance times: 7.30pm, (matinees 2.00pm Weds, 2.30pm Sat).
Review: Alan Geary: 17th July 2017.


Not one of Cooney’s best but much more than a serviceable night out.
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