Tour. A GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR by Nikolai Gogol adapted by Deborah McAndrew. Tour to 1 December 2012. Runs 2hr 45min One interval. Review: Timothy Ramsden 10 November at New Vic Theatre Newcastle-under-Lyme. Meets all the targets, ticks all the boxes.
42ND STREET: Michael Stewart, Mark Bramble, Harry Warren, Al Dubin Based on the novel by: Bradford Ropes Touring Alexandra Birmingham till 14 July then, at present, into November 2012 Details: www.ukproductions.co.uk Runs 2h 30m, one interval Review: Alexander Ray, 10 July, New Alexandra Birmingham Just as it should be – and better.
LEGALLY BLONDE Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Runs: 2h 40m, one interval On Tour till 6 October Information: www.legallyblondethemusical.co.uk Review: Alexander Ray, New Alexandra, Birmingham, 28 08 12 A gift box of many genuine delights.
Tour. OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD by Timberlake Wertenbaker based on The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally. Out of Joint and Octagon Theatre Bolton Tour to 24 November. Then St James Theatre London 30 January-9 March 2013. Until 22 September 2012 reviewed by SadiaHabib Runs 2hr 25min One interval. Review: Sadia Habib 4 September. Convicts, convictions and transformative theatre.
London/Tour. THE JUDAS KISS by David Hare. Hampstead Theatre Eton Avenue Swiss Cottage NW3 3EU To 13 October. Mon-Sat 7.30pm Mat Wed 2.30pm Sat 3pm. Audio-described 29 Sept 3pm (+Touch Tour). Captioned 25 Sept. TICKETS: 020 7722 9301. www.hampsteadtheatre.com then tour to 17 November 2012. Runs 2hr 35min One interval. Review: Timothy Ramsden 12 September. Kiss of life for one from the back-catalogue.
Tour. THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE by Jim Cartwright. Tour to 1 December 2012. Runs: 2hr 25min One interval: till 6th September. Review: Alan Geary 1 October at Theatre Royal Nottingham. Raucous comedy from the northern comedy circuit.
Tour. MANSFIELD PARK by Jane Austen adapted by Tim Luscombe. Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal Tour to 29 November 2012. Runs 2hr 35min One interval. Review: Timothy Ramsden 26 September at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Regency roundabout hardly takes to the stage.
Tour. THE WOMAN IN BLACK by Susan Hill adapted by Stephen Mallatratt. Tour to 15 June 2013. Runs 2hr 10min One interval. Review: Alan Geary 15 October at Theatre Royal Nottingham. Tremendous entertainment – and it makes you scream. But there’s more to it.
Tour. MEDEA by Euripides in a new version by Mike Bartlett. Headlong Theatre Tour to 1 December 2012. Runs 1hr 40min No interval. Review: Timothy Ramsden 18 October at Palace Theatre Watford. Past and present link in furious combination.
Mansfield/Touring. FARM BOY by Michael Morpurgo adapted by Daniel Buckroyd. New Perspectives Theatre Company Tour to 9 March 2013. Runs 1hr 5min No interval. Review: Alan Geary: 20 October at Palace Theatre Mansfield. A life-affirming and entertaining sequel to War Horse.
Tour. STORIES FROM AN INVISIBLE TOWN by Hugh Hughes with Derwyn Hughes and Delyth Hughes. Tour to 8 December 2012. Runs 2hr 35min Two intervals. Review: Martin Franks 22 October at The Junction Cambridge. Charming narrative ramble could do with greater sense of direction.
BLUE/ORANGE: Joe Penhall Runs: 2h 15m, one interval Touring (New Alexandra Birmingham, to 27.10) Review: Alexander Ray, New Alexandra Birmingham, 24 10 12 Intriguing, funny, painful, thrilling.