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The Seagull

The Seagull

Anton Chekhov | The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham | Directed by Andrew Brooks.

A complex tale of unrequited love, jealousy, regret and missed opportunities: themes as relevant in 2019 as they were when the play was first performed in 1896. More info

Caroline, Or Change

Caroline, Or Change

Tony Kushner | Playhouse Theatre, London | Directed by Michael Longhurst.

This powerful, surprising and unusual piece of musical theatre has all the political and personal complexity fans of his epic play ‘Angels in America’ will recognise. More info

Cinderella

Cinderella

Park Hall Academy, Castle Bromwich | Directed & written by Emilie Cullum-Kenyon.

Just when panto season seemed over for another year, Park Hall Academy performed Cinderella with a modern twist, brightening the dull final days of January with a musical fairy tale panto fusion. More info

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams | The Lace Market Theatre, Nottingham | Directed by Wayne Parkin.

This heavyweight play, regarded by many as one of the most influential of the twentieth century, rattles along powerfully and rises to the challenge with convincing central performances. More info

"I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being."

Oscar Wilde
Abigail's Party

Abigail’s Party

Mike Leigh | The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham | Directed by Sarah Esdaile.

As the gin and tonics disappear, everything starts to happen: barely suppressed marital tensions rise, tempers flare and the veneer of respectability is peeled back to reveal the contradictions and pains of the aspiring middle classes. More info

The Inheritance

The Inheritance

Matthew Lopez | Noel Coward Theatre, London | Directed by Stephen Daldry.

Following proudly in the footsteps of Tony Kushner’s ‘Angels in America’, this epic two-part play explores the lives, loves, hopes, struggles and dreams of a gay couple and their friends living in New York in the lead up to the 2016 election. More info

"Great drama is great questions or it is nothing but technique. I could not imagine a theatre worth my time that did not want to change the world."

Arthur Miller
The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

L Frank Baum | The Rep, Birmingham | Directed by Liam Steel.

The Rep’s annual family production soars magically over the rainbow in a joyfully modernised production of this much-loved classic. It’s a gem. A sparkling emerald. More info

Summer and Smoke

Summer and Smoke

Tennessee Williams | The Duke of York’s Theatre, London | Directed by Rebecca Frecknall.

What do the words ‘summer’ and ‘smoke’ evoke? Oppressive heat? Fire? Smouldering passions? Exploring some of these connotations go some way to opening up this lesser-known Tennessee Williams play. More info