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Benefiting from a serious dose of kids’ TV nostalgia, Sleeping Beauty at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre is a warm-hearted pleasure. Director Ian Adams
Wildly uneven in terms of tone, Aladdin at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, is more fantasy adventure than traditional panto, despite sticking close
Capping off the Barn Theatre, Cirencester’s first season with an enthusiastic musical revival, Just So puts a warm, light-hearted spin on Rudyard
There’s a fine line between embracing tradition and going through the motions. Stripped back to the barest plot beats, this glitzy but
Smartly shifting the focus of the familiar fairytale, New International Encounter’s Snow White unfolds as a playful but unusually nuanced storytelling session.
Light, bright, and cheerful, Andrew Pollard’s Robinson Crusoe is a breezy adventure with a few subversive twists. After a boilerplate first half
Bursting with energy and colour, Liam Steel’s Wizard of Oz in an inventive but faithful take on L Frank Baum’s beloved yarn.
Finding the tricky balance between spectacle and sincerity, the Marlowe Theatre’s Cinderella is a finely-tuned fairytale. Written and directed by Paul Hendy,
Pieced together from what author and poet Nick Makoha describes as fragments of “memory and imagination,” The Dark is a richly textured
Daft and rambling though it is, the Watermill Theatre’s madcap crack at the story of Robin Hood has a certain chaotic appeal.
The Big House is gaining a solid reputation for making raw, powerful work with at-risk young people, and Bullet Tongue is no
The need to find meaning in the face of mortality is at the heart of Love-Lies-Bleeding, a swaggeringly bleak story of assisted
Highly successful in its own time, George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer is a wry restoration sex comedy with a subversive streak that
Marking the centenary of the Armistice, Return of the Unknown is a clumsy but undeniably ambitious interrogation of the act of remembrance.
Actor, puppeteer, and author Charlotte Charke was an intriguing but often overlooked historical figure, a woman who, in the early 1700s regularly
Far more than any supernatural scariness, the simple inability to move on from the death of a loved one is at the
Beneath the war-torn fields of France, a desperate soldier becomes trapped in the mythic labyrinth of The Trench in this dark, compelling
Exploring the limitations of language and the vacuity of political discourse, Summit imagines an unlikely, optimistic butterfly effect which begins when international
Sprawling, cerebral, and at times unflinching in its dissection of radicalism at both ends of the political spectrum, Maydays tells an epic,
Stuck on an international flight when she learns that her life has been spectacularly derailed, data analyst Lisa grapples with overwhelming feelings
Chafing against retirement and a lingering alcohol problem, Ian Rankin’s maverick detective John Rebus cracks open a cold case in this latest
With our current crop of world leaders often seemingly beyond parody, Trial by Laughter is a timely reminder that political incompetence, corruption,
Opening with a bone-rattling blast of Black Sabbath, it’s clear from the outset that the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new adaptation of Moliere’s
Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, 1937, a couple surviving tenuously in the Soviet Union are visited by the devil in
Charting the shared journey of a newly married couple from 1950s India to present-day Britain, An Adventure is a sprawling, impressionistic study
The unpleasant feeling of chewing while wearing headphones does little to detract from the immersive, experiential quality of genre-blurring multimedia piece Gastronomic.
Commissioned as a companion piece to Mike Leigh’s acerbic drama Abigail’s Party – a remount of which runs alongside this production at
As a 1977 Play for Today, Mike Leigh’s waspish comedy-drama Abigail’s Party became an impactful and influential examination of the suburban underbelly.
The fourth instalment of Birmingham Stage Company’s long running sketch show based on the delightfully nasty children’s franchise, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain
Based on Dick King-Smith’s beloved children’s book, the story of bright, polite and ambitious piglet Babe, the Sheep-Pig, is given a creaky
Weaving five starkly different stories into the text of Oscar Wilde’s haunting ballad, Reading Gaol is an ambitious but often unfocused exploration