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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Kindertransport review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘sensitively directed’ by Pat Ashworth

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport, the operation to get Jewish children out of Nazi Germany. But Diane Samuels’

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

FUP review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘Kneehigh’s delightful touring show’ by Pat Ashworth

Jim Dodge’s comic novel Fup is beautifully transposed to Kneehigh’s home territory of Cornwall in this touring production. Grandaddy Jake has achieved

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Monday, September 24, 2018

A Thing Mislaid review at Deda, Derby – ‘thought-provoking and haunting’ by Pat Ashworth

Words are a minor component of A Thing Mislaid. It’s an enigmatic and often impish two-hander from Maison Foo, a company now

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat review at Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire – ‘mighty and explosive’ by Pat Ashworth

In the 50th year of what is now the most-performed musical in history, director Andrew Wright celebrates Joseph’s origins as a school

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Shebeen review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘fine production of an authentic but flawed play’ by Pat Ashworth

Mufaro Makubika’s first main-stage play, Shebeen won the 2017 Alfred Fagon Award for best new work by a black British playwright, in

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Handlooms review at Anokhi – House of Sarees, Leicester – ‘vibrant, original and important’ by Pat Ashworth

Contact Theatre has vacated its Manchester base during building work, and is making a virtue of necessity by creating site-specific work. Handlooms

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Holes review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘fast-paced and inventive’ by Pat Ashworth

What a delicious adventure story this is and how well it adapts to the stage. Adam Penford’s fluid and inventive production of

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wonderland review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘powerful and pertinent’ by Pat Ashworth

A native of the city, Adam Penford, the new, youthful artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse, has created a real buzz with his

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Palace Theatre, Mansfield – ‘warm and cheerful’ by Pat Ashworth

Pantomime at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre is keenly awaited and much loved seasonal treat. This year there’s a big welcome for returning favourite,

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Black Beauty review at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham – ‘spellbinding storytelling’ by Pat Ashworth

Director Andy Manley has re-imagined the story of Black Beauty using just two actors and a ramshackle horsebox. This is home to

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Monday, December 18, 2017

George’s Marvellous Medicine review at Curve, Leicester – ‘an outstanding adaptation’ by Pat Ashworth

This is the latest and finest collaboration between Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston. Children’s theatre doesn’t come much better than Roald Dahl

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Town Mouse and Country Mouse review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘lovingly created’ by Pat Ashworth

Nottingham Playhouse has built up a strong tradition of lovingly created theatre for small children. There’s lots to excite and nothing to

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Beauty and the Beast review at Theatre Royal, Nottingham – ‘doesn’t hang together’ by Pat Ashworth

All the special effects in the world don’t compensate for a thin story, and there’s little more than a nod here to

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Beauty and the Beast review at Derby Arena – ‘a fine and strong-voiced cast’ by Pat Ashworth

Panto has finally found its feet in the vast and challenging space of Derby Arena. Derby LIVE has brought in the thoroughly

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Robin Hood review at Loughborough Town Hall – ‘immaculate comic timing’ by Pat Ashworth

Little Wolf Entertainment has been producing the Loughborough Town Hall pantomim for five years under the multi-talented Morgan Brind – writer, director

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Cinderella review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘warm-hearted and loveable’ by Pat Ashworth

Kenneth Alan Taylor has been writing and directing panto at the Nottingham Playhouse for over three decades and still has them eating

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Scrooge the Musical review at Curve, Leicester – ‘a lavish revival’ by Pat Ashworth

In his revival of Leslie Bricusse’s 1992 musical, Nikolai Foster exploits all the scale and technical wizardry of Curve’s vast stage, filling

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

All My Sons review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘an outstanding performance’ by Pat Ashworth

The election of President Trump prompted Fiona Buffini to stage Arthur Miller’s ruthless dismantling of the American Dream. It’s an intense and

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Harvest review at Kegworth Village Hall – ‘gripping and timely’ by Pat Ashworth

East Midlands-based touring company New Perspectives never makes the mistake of assuming that all rural audiences want from theatre is a jolly

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Pink Sari Revolution review at Curve, Leicester – ‘powerfully authentic drama’ by Pat Ashworth

Purva Naresh’s powerful new drama is enabled by Arts Council England’s Reimagine India and has been two years in development, including time

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Great Expectations review at Derby Theatre – ‘dark and chillingly atmospheric’ by Pat Ashworth

  You can positively feel the chill of the marshes seeping into your bones in Neil Bartlett’s adaptation of this dark classic,

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Wreck review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘a harrowing debut play’ by Pat Ashworth

Fresh from drama school and holding the stage entirely on his own, Luke Grant makes a very impressive professional debut in this

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Reasons to be Cheerful review at Derby Theatre – ‘fresher than ever’ by Pat Ashworth

Jenny Sealey, Graeae’s artistic director, believes there’s an inner punk in everyone. You can well believe it watching an audience launch full

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Kiss Me Kate review at Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire – ‘brimming with energy’ by Pat Ashworth

Matthew White’s production of Kiss Me Kate is played out with energy, vitality and mischief in the idyllic setting of Kilworth House

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Lost Boy review at St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester – ‘beautifully crafted’ by Pat Ashworth

A frightened Syrian boy fetches up in a seaside town that has seen better days, and encounters a hostility born as much

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Betrayal review at Derby Theatre – ‘an assured and impressive debut’ by Pat Ashworth

What an assured and impressive debut this is for Lekan Lawal in his first main house production, the culmination of a placement

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

What the Butler Saw review at Curve, Leicester – ‘perfect comic timing’ by Pat Ashworth

It’s 50 years since Joe Orton died and Curve has pulled out all the stops to celebrate the work of one of

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Touched review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘bittersweet and resonant’ by Pat Ashworth

A stellar cast of authentic Nottingham voices have been assembled for this new revival of Touched, a 1977 play by the city’s

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Giant Jam Sandwich review at Guildhall, Derby – ‘engaging and interactive’ by Pat Ashworth

This is the first time that The Giant Jam Sandwich, a children’s favourite first published in 1972, has been fully staged. John

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

All the Little Lights review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘brave and timely’ by Pat Ashworth

Jane Upton’s searing three-hander had its premiere at Nottingham Playhouse in 2015 and was the joint winner of the George Devine Award

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Princess and the Frog review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘charming and thoroughly engaging’ by Pat Ashworth

This absolute charmer of a show for children between four and eight has been imaginatively conceived and delivered with truth and tenderness.

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