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Raising Icarus review – high-flying chamber opera that packs a punch
This mythical story of parental wrongs is well served by strong performances and Michael Zev Gordon’s impressive music

Andrew Clements

29, Apr, 2022 @3:08 PM

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Grimeboy review – a pair of battling MCs become allies
Casey Bailey’s moving, emotionally honest grime musical grows in power and has its own poetic, street-smart presence

Arifa Akbar

21, Apr, 2022 @1:42 PM

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Coming to England review – Floella Benjamin story overlooks her ascent to Play School
We see the shock of Windrush-era racism from a child’s perspective, but miss the details of how she rose nontheless to become the face of children’s TV

Arifa Akbar

05, Apr, 2022 @12:31 PM

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The Play What I Wrote review – Tom Hiddleston has a laugh in farce masterclass
The A-lister provided joyous shock on opening night, as Morecambe and Wise’s screen routines return to the boards

Mark Lawson

07, Dec, 2021 @2:13 PM

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What’s New Pussycat? review – high-voltage collision of two Tom Joneses
The 18th-century novel and Welsh crooner meet on 1960s Carnaby Street in a spirited jukebox musical

Arifa Akbar

20, Oct, 2021 @12:10 PM

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The week in theatre: Indecent; NW Trilogy; East Is East – review
Cultural identity unites a Jewish writer’s shockingly radical play, diverse tales from Kilburn and Ayub Khan Din’s 1996 classic

Kate Kellaway

19, Sep, 2021 @9:30 AM

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East Is East review – magnificent revival of culture-clash classic
Ayub Khan Din’s comedy still resonates in its depiction of a hostile environment – Salford in the 70s – while its sharp wit and warm characterisations are exhilarating

Arifa Akbar

13, Sep, 2021 @8:19 AM

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Hamlet, Cabaret and a fistful of Romeos: the best theatre, comedy and dance of autumn 2021
Cush Jumbo tackles the troubled prince, Jessie Buckley and Eddie Redmayne head for 30s Berlin, while standup favourites and dance spectaculars burst back on the stage

Arifa Akbar, Brian Logan and Lyndsey Winship

26, Aug, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Curated by Carlos review – a kick and a promise from Acosta
The artistic director’s first commissions include an ode to the city’s industrial heritage and a swelling take on the climate crisis

Lyndsey Winship

11, Jun, 2021 @11:11 AM

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‘We needed a sanctuary’: new art-house seeks justice for Birmingham’s creatives
After the city’s Rep theatre leased itself to a Nightingale court, marginalised locals decided to set up their own creative space

Jessica Murray

03, Jun, 2021 @2:29 PM

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Rosie Kay: Absolute Solo II review – strain, strength and beauty
The choreographer returns to the stage with a superb new work, Adult Female Dancer, part of a compelling evening of three solos

Sanjoy Roy

22, May, 2021 @11:27 AM

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Floella Benjamin’s childhood memoir to become stage play
Birmingham Rep says premiere of Coming to England will be highlight of forthcoming season

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

20, Apr, 2021 @6:00 AM

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