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Back in fashion rather than out of date

Gill Sutherland reviews Educating Rita at the Bear Pit Theatre…

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A classic brought to life

The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Town Hall, Birmingham THEY say the old ones are the best – and they, whoever they are, are usually right. And it certainly is the case with this show.…

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Third war season play is a real cracker

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON actor David Troughton was right when he said that the Royal Shakespeare Company production he is in was ‘brilliant and full of bonhomie’. Opening last week in the Swan Theatre, Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday is exactly that — plus much more. Troughton, who plays Simon Eyre, the Falsfaffian shoemaker, not only excels on stage but laps up every opportunity for a comic moment in this feisty and humourous, yet deeply moving Jacobean comedy.…

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If you need rest and recuperation after the festive season. . .

If the party season leaves you feeling in need of some rest and recuperation, there’s plenty to be had at the award-winning four-star Whittlebury Hall Hotel and Spa in Northamptonshire.…

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Roald Dahl classic brought stunningly to life

Roald Dahl’s enduringly popular children’s book The BFG is brought to stage at Birmingham Repertory Theatre until the end of January. …

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All roads lead to another great performance

STRATFORD Musical Theatre Company takes on a classic with The Wizard of Oz, a version originally presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987. And the show has a particular poignancy as it marks a finalé in the history of The Courtyard Theatre before redevelopment work commences at the end of the month.…

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A great night with Alison

ACTRESS Alison Steadman regaled a packed audience at the Artshouse in Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday evening with stories about land ladies in acting digs, mad aunts and getting Paul McCartney to sign an autograph outside Liverpool’s Cavern Club in the 1960s. The award-winning TV, film and stage actress, who was interviewed on stage by Fiona Lindsay for the final event in the Stratford Literary Festival’s Autumn Plus Series, kept jumping up from her chair as she described what a performer…

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Pupils performed beyond their years

Arthur Miller, The Crucible, Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School FROM time to time, rarely, a school production invites comparison with professional performance. …

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Packed houses were very well entertained

Ali Baba, Quinton Amateur Dramatic Society PANTO-TIME always cheers the end of foggy November for the residents of Quinton — and once again this year they were not disappointed.…

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Like the story itself, Truce play will go down in history

THE Royal Shakespeare Company seems to be conquering all with its current season of war-related productions to commemorate the anniversary of the Great War. First, we had Christopher Luscombe’s tenuously linked double bill of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won opening in the main house — which proved a highly triumphant ‘war plan’ from the director by setting them before and after the First World War (with a strong hint of the popular television drama Downton Abbey, …

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