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Monday, December 17, 2018

‘A treat for the eyes & ears’: WHITE CHRISTMAS – Leicester by Not Exactly Billington

With White Christmas, Curve has yet again produced a classy production filled with yuletide magic and enough fluffy escapism to warm hearts on these cold winter nights.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

‘A superlative production’: LES MISÉRABLES – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Now, Laurence Connor and James Powell’s new production of Les Misérables (seen on Broadway a few years ago) gives Les Mis a fresh look which will assure its longevity.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

‘Hall’s text is a creeping force of nature’: THE MOUNTAINTOP – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

The night before Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination on the balcony outside of his Memphis motel room, Katori Hall’s play The Mountaintop takes us inside Room 306 where he was stayi…

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Friday, November 16, 2018

‘Less grime, more glitter’: ROCK OF AGES – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Having come to Rock of Ages with no prior reference other than the 2012 film version (mostly memorable for featuring a surprisingly entertaining performance from Tom Cruise) I was, let’s s…

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

‘Displays none of McDonagh’s trademark pitch-black farce’: A VERY VERY VERY DARK MATTER – Bridge Theatre by Not Exactly Billington

A Very Very Very Dark Matter lacks the coherence and pleasing culmination of the playwright’s other works. Despite the ‘upbeat ending’, this play displays none of Martin McDonagh’s t…

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

‘Mark Gatiss gives a remarkably touching performance’: THE MADNESS OF GEORGE III – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

The Madness of George III offers a great part for an actor, one which Mark Gatiss relishes. His vocal and physical tics are memorable, while never reducing mental illness to a series of quir…

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

‘Crowd-pleasing, rousing & fun evening’: CALENDAR GIRLS THE MUSICAL – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

To say Calendar Girls The Musical is celebratory seems cliché, yet there’s no better description; Calendar Girls is an unashamed celebration of love, life, and community (and cake!).

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Friday, October 12, 2018

‘Watchable & well-produced’: CILLA THE MUSICAL – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Overall, Cilla the Musical is a watchable and well-produced show. On the other hand, I think there’s possibly a more interesting story in there.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

‘Veritable cornucopia of delights’: MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Bourne’s Swan Lake is timeless, this production as fresh as ever, while a company that embodies a tireless amount verve, ingenuity, precision and emotion ensure this is a revival to be uni…

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

‘Celebrates the need for humour in difficult times’: THE WIPERS TIMES – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Despite a lack of connection, The Wipers Times celebrates a great, previously untold story, about war, journalism, tenacity, and the need for humour in difficult times.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

‘One of the best plays I’ve seen this year’: THE LOVELY BONES – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

The Lovely Bones is one of the best plays I’ve seen this year. In fact, Melly Still’s vital production is the best page to stage adaptation I’ve seen since Curious Incident.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

‘Buckhurst has a sure-fire hit on his hands’: SWEET CHARITY – Nottingham by Not Exactly Billington

In Bill Buckhurst’s production of Sweet Charity we benefit from the delicate balance between the seediness of the New York backstreets with the technicolor of Charity’s blithe daydreams.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

‘What most excites me here is McDonagh’s capacity to entertain’: THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE – West End by Not Exactly Billington

Whatever criticisms people may have of McDonagh, his neat plotting and big jokes are enough to entice people not usually interested in theatre. It may be Aidan Turner drawing the crowds in, …

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

’Its musings on death are emotionally affecting’: EXIT THE KING – National Theatre by Not Exactly Billington

Exit the King’s interest in the crumbling of a kingdom is relevant, and I found its musings on death – and Anthony Ward’s visual representation of this – emotionally affecting.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

‘By turns cynical, touching & with a rogue twinkle in its eye’: ALLELUJAH! – Bridge Theatre by Not Exactly Billington

By turns cynical, touching and with a rogue twinkle in its eye, Allelujah! doesn’t set the stage alight, and as both a black comedy and state-of-the-nation play it feels underpowered, but …

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

‘Generously places the focus firmly on plot and character’: OTHELLO – Shakespeare’s Globe by Not Exactly Billington

Claire van Kampen’s decision to eschew gimmick/concept is a bold statement in a production of Othello that generously places the focus firmly on plot and character, and pays dividends for …

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

‘Lacking its own definite sense of identity’: THE LEHMAN TRILOGY – National Theatre by Not Exactly Billington

Like America promises so much to Henry Lehman when he stands on the dock side, The Lehman Trilogy at the National Theatre promised so much as well.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

‘Has a relentless giddy charm’: SOME MOTHERS DO ’AVE ’EM – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Curve, Leicester 17thJuly, 2018 “Wherever there’s trouble, I can guarantee you I’ll be there” Apparently this stage adaptation of Raymond Allen’s 1970s’ c…

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

‘Exceeds all expectations’: FUN HOME – Young Vic by Not Exactly Billington

Fun Home exceeds all expectations. It’s one of those productions where everything – book, music, performance, design – comes together in perfect harmony and by the final notes you know…

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

‘The actors deserve something meatier to sink their teeth into’: SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE FINAL CURTAIN – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

If I have been overly harsh, I apologise, and I’m sure many audience members found aspects to enjoy in The Final Curtain, however, if ‘cosy crime’ is your thing, I think you’d be bet…

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

‘Multi-layered, provocative exploration of racial representation’: AN OCTOROON – National Theatre by Not Exactly Billington

In all of the hot air, there’s been lately about the 25 greatest plays since Angels in America, I cannot argue against the decision to include An Octoroon high on the list.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

‘The sense of kinship is refreshing & invigorating’: MISCHIEF MOVIE NIGHT– Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Mischief Movie Night is enormous fun and the cast clearly loves what they do. The sense of kinship is refreshing and invigorating as we giggle alongside the actors on stage at the absurdity …

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

‘Surprisingly relatable’: JULIE – National Theatre by Not Exactly Billington

Polly Stenham has updated August Strindberg’s 1888 play Miss Julie to contemporary London. Why? Well, it would be foolish to think that this new version is modern only because of its langu…

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Monday, June 11, 2018

‘Packed with ingenious & witty choreography’: CRAZY FOR YOU – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

In their latest touring production, Ken Ludwig’s musical comedy, Crazy For You, Paul Hart and the Watermill Theatre have enhanced a much-loved classic with flights of fanciful footwork and…

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

‘An under-appreciated 20th-century classic?’: ABSOLUTE HELL – National Theatre by Not Exactly Billington

I was thrilled that a new generation (myself included) could get an opportunity to see the play and experience a plethora of luscious characters that are frightened of their selves as much a…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

‘For its sexy design, its novelty & its ambition, it is oddly enjoyable’: TARTUFFE – West End by Not Exactly Billington

Gérald Garutti’s production of Molière’s Tartuffe hasn’t convinced me that it’s the finest play in the French canon. Yet, for its sexy design, its novelty, and its ambition, it is …

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

‘They take the humour to another level’: FLEABAG – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Now, Soho Theatre and DryWrite (the latter of which is run by Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones) are taking Fleabag on the road again, handing down the performing reins to Maddie Rice.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

‘Where the play flounders, the production remains enjoyable & stylish’: LOVE FROM A STRANGER – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Here, Agatha Christie’s and Frank Vosper’s 1936 play is in the assured hands of Lucy Bailey in a production for the Royal & Derngate. Where the play flounders, the production remain…

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘How difficult it is to re-create the nostalgia of childhood favourites’: STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – West End by Not Exactly Billington

In summary, stage adaptations of films should be justified by bringing something new to a well-known story, and Strictly Ballroom misses the mark on this point.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

‘Several moments of musical ecstasy’: AN OFFICER & A GENTLEMAN – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

This new musical adaptation of An Officer and a Gentleman, receiving its world premiere at Curve, makes no apologies for embracing the melodrama of the movie. In doing so, it delivers a poli…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

‘Embraces silence & precision’: THE YORK REALIST – Sheffield by Not Exactly Billington

Robert Hastie once said that the director’s role is “to provide the clearest conduit between a writer and an actor”. Such an approach, effectively of getting in the way as little as po…

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