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Calamity Jane, |Manor Musical Theatre Company, Sutton Coldfieldd Town Hall.

Dark Road, Hall Green Little Theatre

Pygmalion, Highbury Theatre Centre, Sutton Coldfield

A fallible lecture, Stage2, Crescent Theatre

Muddy Cows, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Talking Heads, Swan Theatre Amateur Companies

The Woman Hater,, Edward's Boys, The Other Place

Visitors, Sutton Arts Theatre

Doubt, Highbury Theatre Centre, Sutton Coldfield.

Bouncers and Shakers, Dudley Little Theatre

Party Piece, Grange Players

Brief Encounter, Hall Green Little Theatre

Juno and the paycock. The Loft, Leamington

Breaking the Code, Nonentities, Rose Theatre, KIdderinster.

Little Women,, Swan Theatre Amateur Company, Worcester

Shirley Valentine,, Hall Green Little Theatre

Don't dress for dinner, Highbury Theatre Centre

Death by Design, Sutton Arts Theatre

Entertaining Angels, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

See how they run, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

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West End v Broadway, West Bromwich Operatic Society Youtheatre

Jesus Christ Superstar, Lichfield Operatic Society

American Idiot, Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre.

Oliver! Walsall Operatic Society

Dick Whittington, Aldridge Youth Theatre

Cinderella, Youth Onstage, Dovehouse Theatre, Solihull.

Hairspray, Bilston Operatic Company, Wolverhampton Grand

 

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Dark Road, Hall Green Little Theatre:  Ian Rankin’s first sortie into the world of theatre is hardly a gentle one with this dark, psychological thriller about a manipulative serial killer. Read on.

 

Pygmalion, Highbury Theatre Centre: It's 102 years this month since  Professor Higgins first stepped on the London stage to turn Eliza into a lady, and a century on what a splendidly entertaining Pygmalion has been served up by the Highbury Players. Read on.

Breakfast at Tiffany's, The New Alexandra Theatre: As breakfasts go this falls quite a few beans short of a full English, or full American in this case, and a reworking of the menu would not go amiss before a planned visit to the West End. Read on.

End of the Rainbow, Wolverhampton Grand: Judy Garland’s death from a barbiturate overdose in 1969 marked the tragic end of a troubled and fragile life. Read on.

Doctor Faustus, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon: Christopher Marlowe's Faustus is the terrifying story of a man who sells his soul to the devil and the consequences and regrets that follow. Read on.

Calling for help, Midlands Arts Centre: Anyone who has ever been told all our advisers/experts/whatever are busy and that your call is important to us, over and over as the will to live slowly evaporates, knows the frustration of call centres. Read on.

The Damned United, Derby Theatre: I did not attend this production as a neutral observer Read on.

Rehearsal for Murder, The New Alexandra Theatre: Suicide or murder? One suspect who takes the secret with them, or a whole after show party of theatricals, all suspects and all with apparent axes to grind. Read on.

The Rotters' Club, Birmingham Rep: Novelist Jonathan Coe hails from Bromsgrove and studied at Birmingham’s prestigious King Edwards School in Edgbaston in the 1970s. Read on

Annie, Wolverhampton Grand: Annie seems to have been around forever, but in fact premiered on Broadway in 1977 making it a more modern musical than most imagine.  Read on.

Heartbeat, The New Alexandra Theatre:  It's been six years since Heartbeat left the UK screens after an impressive run of 18 years and 377 episodes.  Read on.

The Perfect Murder, Coventry Belgrade: Of course there’s no such thing as the perfect murder. Read on.

Don Quixote, The Swan Theatre, Stratford-uppn-Avon: In an adventure filled comedy, thick with colourful scenes and larger than life characters, David Threlfall and Rufus Hound shine in James Fenton’s adaptation of Miguel De Cervantes’ classic novel about the eccentric nobleman and his squire.  Read on.

Carmen, Malvern Theatres: Bizet will probably not have anticipated the arrival on stage of a huge white charger ridden by a Spanish soldier and dancing to the rhythms of the orchestra!   Read on.

A Raisin in the Sun, Coventry Belgrade B2: It's no surprise that the inspiration for Lorraine Hansberry (1930-1965) to become a dramatist should have been her encounter with the plays of Sean O'Casey. Read on.

Jackie The Musical, Coventry Belgrade: We didn’t know what to expect  - how could anyone make a musical about a teenage girls’ magazine of the 60s and 70s?  Read on.

Goodnight Mister Tom, The New Alexandra Theatre: It takes a special skill to create a play that appeals as much to children as it does to adults. Read on.

Mary Poppins, Birmingham Hippodrome: Practically perfect. This is a show that lives up to its billing and more from fabulous sets to wonderful choreography to an orchestra large enough to make a difference – and what a cast. Read on.

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Let it Be: The story of The Beatles arrives at the Birmingham Hippodrome next week and producer Jeff Parry has been talking about the show. More
End of the Rainbow: Lisa Maxwell talks about appearing as Judy Garland in Peter Quilter's hit musical drama which is in Malvern and heading for Wolverhampton. More.
Mary Poppins: Zizi Strallen talks about acting and her role as Mary Poppins which opens at Birmingham Hippodrome on 9 March. More
The BTA Awards, 2015: For the first time BTA reviewers Roger Clarke, Gary Longden and Alison Brinkworth.are giving their own awards for the productions they have seen during the year
Birmingham Hippodrome: The dates for the eagerly awaited first UK tour of Billy Elliot have been announced and the smash hit show will arrive in March 2016. More
Birmingham Hippodrome has announced a new shows for 2016, Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang More
Birmingham Royal Ballet: Doug Nicholson is a man with a mission - to sell BRB around the world. Read on

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