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.
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
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
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,
Mad World My Masters, Wolverhampton Grand:There are those that believe that the great works should
not be tampered with Read
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
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.
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
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.
History Boys, The New Alexandra Theatre:We all
have teachers we remember fondly from those lost days of youth.
Stateside, Birmingham Royal Ballet:Three
very different pieces and very different styles in this triple bill
of American ballets.
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
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.
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
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.
A Summer in
the South, Birmingham Rep: Richard Edmonds’ love
affair with Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette started on a pedalo in the
South of France.
Only a Day,
B2, Coventry Belgrade:Imagine
you only had a day to live; what would you do?
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.
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.
A CHANCE to help the Arras without it costing a penny
Actor Samuel West make a heartfelt plea to save funding for
Birmingham Royal Ballet's first full length
ballet of the year was Coppélia which ran last month at
News and features
Birmingham Royal Ballet arrived in Birmingham
their new facilities were state of the art – among the best in
the ballet business with rehearsal studios, offices, space and a
huge theatre, the Hippodrome, next door.
Twenty five years on and the world had
not only caught up but forged ahead, state of the art had become
merely an echo of the 90s.
Coventry Belgrade enjoyed last year's tour of
Peter James' The Perfect Murder which gave us a
psychological thriller and murder mystery complete with laughs.
Now the same team bring another James' novel to the stage with
he chilling Dead Simple which opens at this month
Birmingham Royal Ballet:
Who is in, who is out and who is moving up in
the world at BRB More
Birmingham Royal Ballet's
Ruth Brilltalks about choreographing George
Gershwin's iconic Rhapsody in Blue for
BRB's Evening of Music and Dance at Symphony Hall