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 Directory of leading amateur companies.

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Somewhere in the middle of the class . . .

Life still goes on

Putting your best cat forward

Rise and fall of the motoring man Dead reckoning 




A-Z Index of affiliate reviews

Reviews listed by affiliates 

Why is John Lennon wearing a skirt? Stage2, Crescent Theatre

Ghosts, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kiderminster

Love on the Dole, Hall Green Little Theatre

The Armed Man Phoenix Singers, Bournville

Steel Magnolias, Highbury Theatre Centre, Sutton Coldfield

Steaming, Sutton Arts Theatre, Sutton Coldfield

Other reviews  

The Phantom of the Opera, Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre

Sweeney Todd, Walsall Operatic Society

Of Mice and Men, Circle Players, Aldridge



Paul Marston

Reviewing amateur and professional stage and the CBSO 




Things that go bump at The Grange
TFO tinkering with fate at the Crescent
These socks made for walking at Manor

 Bromsgrove  is just crazy for you Polly.
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Past reviews



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Private Peaceful Malvern Theatres

Toms Midnight Garden Coventry Belgrade

Dial M for Murder, Malvern Theatres

The Mousetrap,  Lichfield Garrick

A Passion for Birmingham, The Old Joint STock, Birmingham

Brassed Off, Wolverhampton Grand

Refugee Boy Birmingham Rep

Black Coffee, Malvern Theatres

Spanish Golden Age, Coventry Belgrade

West Side Story, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

    West Side Story - Paul Marston's view

Dreamboats and Petticoats, Malvern Theatres

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Wolverhampton Grand

The Two Worlds of Charlie F, Malvern Theatres

The Threepenny Opera Birmingham Rep

The Two Worlds of Charlie F, Wolverhampton Grand

Anon, Welsh National Opera, Midland Arts Centre

Eternal Love Malvern Theatres

Dreamcoats and Petticoats, The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Giselle,  Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Zeppelin Dreams,Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Singin' In The Rain, Birmingham Hippodrome

Egusi Soup, Birmingham Rep

Birdsong, Birmingham Rep

Paul Bunyan, English Touring Opera, Wolverhampton Grand

Christian Clarke

Reviewing theatre and comedy







Coventry Schools Young Entertainer of the Year, Coventry Belgrade

Last Night of the Spring Proms, Birmingham Symphony Hall

Birmingham to Broadway, Symphony Hall

Shostakovich Symphony No 5, CBSO, Symphony Hall

Vienna Tonkunstler Orchestra and John Lill play Beethoven, Symphony Hall

Songs for Swinin' Orchestras, CBSO, Symphony Hall

Performing Arts

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The Globe's acclaimed tragic tale of Abelard and Heloise heads to Wolverhampton Grand

Show Boat set to dock at the Hippodrome

Jack Shepherd talks of ghostly goings on heading to

the Midlands

International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 launched



Cast talk about Brassed Off and Roger Clarke looks at the background to the play More

Is West Side Story the best Musical ever?

Diane Parkes talks to the creators of new opera Anon

Iain Mackay talks about the long hard road back to fitness after crippling injury in The Nutcracker.

Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer Ruth Brill talks about choreographing George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Nick Arnold, creator of Horrible Science tells Diane Parkes how he was always fascinated by gore



with Gary Longden


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Actor Samuel West make a heartfelt plea to save funding for theatres - More
Staying Cool - The Jets are on the street looking for Sharks in the superb West Side Story at the New Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham More
Singin' In The Rain is a glorious throwback to the golden age of musicals from MGM, elegant, classy, great music and dancing and most of all fun More
One of the great love stories of history, Abelard and Heloise, is the subject of the Globe's excellent Eternal Love at Wolverhampton Grand More
News and features
Brassed Off visited Wolverhampton Grand this month, 30 years on from Miners' Strike which marked the beginning of the end of the British coal industry. More
West Side Story opened at The New Alexandra Theatre this week and Roger Clarke explains why he thinks it the best musical ever More
Birmingham Royal Ballet star Iain Mackay talks about the daily slog on the long hard road back to fitness after crippling injury in The Nutcracker More
International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014, one of the largest festivals of its kind in Europe has been launched with a month of exciting events More
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Ruth Brill talks about choreographing George Gershwin's iconic Rhapsody in Blue for BRB's Evening of Music and Dance at Symphony Hall  More
Sir Derek Jacobi has been talking to Roger Clarke about the amateur stage, Birmingham Rep, retirement and becoming an ugly sister . . . More

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