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Tom's Midnight Garden, Grange Players

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The Merchant of Venice, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

Brief Encounter, Swan Theatre Amateur Company

Absurd Person Singular, Highbury Theatre Centre

A Doll's House, Sutton Arts Theatre

The Accrington Pals,  Hall Green Little Theatre

Murder on the Nile, The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kiddermister

Boeing Boeing, Grange Players, Grange Playhouse, Walsall

Private Peaceful, Stage2, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham

Waiting for Godot and Privates on Parade, Bridge House Theatre and The Loft, Leamington

Sleeping Beauty, Hall Green Little Theatre

The Ladykillers, Highbury Theatre Centre

Mother Goose, Sutton Arts Theatre, Sutton Coldfield

Season's Greetings, Dudley Little Theatre, Netherton Arts Centre

Chorus of Disapproval, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

An Evening of Victorian Melodrama, Murder, Mystery & Mayhem, Moorpool Players, Moorpool Hall, Harborne

Oh, What a Lovely War!, The Arcadians, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham

Bazaar and Rummage The Nonentities, Rose Theatre, Kidderminster

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Oliver! WBOS Youtheatre

Fiddle on the Roof, Lichfield Operatic Society, Lichfiled Garrick

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Tom's Midnight Garden, Grange Players, Walsall:  This fascinating play could be a ghost story, an exploration of time travel, or a gentle tale about two children longing for friendship who meet up in a mysterious garden. Read on.

 

Oklahoma! Wolverhampton Grand: There's a bright, golden haze, all right, and it is over the Grand with this splendid revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first musical collaboration.  Read on.

 

Solace of the Road, Derby Playhouse: Derby playhouse is fortunate indeed to be staging the world premiere of Siobhan Dowd’s novel of loss and homecoming. Read on.

 

The Kings Speech, Birmingham Rep: If you missed the film then don’t miss the play, and if you saw the film still don’t miss the play, and if you have no idea which film we are talking about, then you are in for a treat - this is simply glorious, wonderful theatre.  Read on.

 

A Mad World My Masters, Wolverhampton Grand: There are those that believe that the great works should not be tampered with  Read on.

 

Avenue Q, Highbury Theatre Centre: I came to this production cold, knowing nothing about the show, having little regard for puppets, and a disregard for much American humour Read on.

 

Coppélia, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome: If the sky was a little brighter over Thorp Street last night it was all down to BRB's newest star Momoko Hirata. Read on.

 

Ther Merchant of Venice, The Nonentities, The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster: It's a rare thing in amateur theatre to clearly see the work of a director on the stage, Read on.

 

Harvey, Malvern Festival Theatre: This was a wonderful evening of theatre with a near capacity audience treated to three sumptuous sets that were changed with the use of a revolve. Read on.

 

The  History Boys, The New Alexandra Theatre: We all have teachers we remember fondly from those lost days of youth. Read on.

 

Moving Stateside, Birmingham Royal Ballet: Three very different pieces and very different styles in this triple bill of American ballets. Read on.

 

The Honey Man, The Door, Birmingham Rep: The Honey Man from writer and performer Tyrone Huggins, the co-founder of Impact Theatre Co-operative, is a show brimming with education, history and the deep story of an unlikely friendship.  Read on.

 

The curious Incident of the dog in the Night-time, Wolverhampton Grand: Every so often there comes along a play which transcends mere performance to take theatre to another plane, another world of wonder where time flies by.  Read on.

 

And then there were none, Coventry Belgrade: If you want to catch a good thriller, even today you can scarcely do better than ever-reliable Agatha Christie.  Read on.

 

Oh, what a lovely war, Malvern Theatres:  Oh What A Lovely War was the ensemble creation of the Theatre Workshop in 1963, not the product of a single writer, but the fruit of improvisations by a troupe of actors under the guidance of Joan Littlewood.  Read on.

 

A Summer in the South, Birmingham Rep: Richard Edmonds’ love affair with Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette started on a pedalo in the South of France. Read on.

 

Only a Day, B2, Coventry Belgrade: Imagine you only had a day to live; what would you do? Read on.

 

Brief Encounter, Swan Theatre Amateur Company:  There's love’s young bloom, and then there is love’s old bloom, and love’s middle aged and rather illicit bloom and love’s faded bloom. In fact there is a lot of blooming love in Brief Encounter. Read on.

 

Harvey, Birmingham Rep: Being one of the few people who has not seen the 1950 classic film version of Mary Chase's play Harvey, this quirky tale of a man and his imaginary rabbit pal is a new one to me. An unlikely concept perhaps, but a charming one nevertheless. Read on.

 

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