Constance Cox, based on Oscar Wilde | Lichfield Garrick Theatre | Directed by Lucy Dufaye
The wit and joy of Wilde’s language shines through in Lichfield Players’ latest production.
A short story first published in 1887, ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’ contains so many of the ingredients audiences would come to love in the plays of Oscar Wilde. It may seem like beautifully phrased nonsense but simmering under the surface of this murderous tale are characteristic criticisms of the upper classes.
Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg | Sutton Coldfield Town Hall | Directed by Georgia Young
Revolution is in the air at Sutton Coldfield’s Town Hall. Do you hear the people sing?
Musicals don’t come more famous than Boublil and Schonberg’s redemption story of Jean Valjean, the convict turned mayor at the centre of this epic story set in early 19th century revolutionary France. It’s a challenge for any company, requiring a huge cast, extravagant sets and containing some of the most famous songs in musical theatre. Sutton Coldfield Musical Youth Theatre Company absolutely smash it in this ambitiously staged production which had the opening-night audience on their feet for a richly deserved standing ovation.
Ben Mills-Wood | Blue Orange Theatre | Directed by Simon Ravenhill
With murder in the mix, Ben Mills-Wood’s latest play delivers frantic farce with a difference in this latest ambitious offering from the Jewellery Quarter’s Blue Orange Theatre, directed by Simon Ravenhill.
Kevin Elyot | Crescent Theatre | Directed by Rod Natkiel
The Crescent Theatre’s production of ‘My Night with Reg’, Kevin Elyot’s modern tragi-comedy masterpiece, is a powerful and emotionally charged hit. The play, first performed at the Royal Court in 1995, delves into the complex world of ‘gay manners and morals’ in the midst of the AIDS crisis. Set in the 1980s London ‘gay community’ (if such a thing can really be said to exist) the play explores the lives of a group of friends whose relationships are intertwined and tested by a series of deceptions, betrayals, and regrets over several tumultuous years.
Lawrence Kasha & David Landay | Lichfield Garrick | Directed by Patrick Jervis
Lichfield Operatic Society’s production of ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ is a brilliantly performed hit of pure nostalgia that captures the spirit of the Golden Age of movie musicals. Set in 1850s Oregon, this classic musical follows the story of Millie, who transforms seven wild and unkempt brothers into ‘romantic gentlemen’.
Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Simon Reade | Brewhouse Theatre | Directed by Tim Robinson
Michael Morpurgo’s modern WWI masterpiece ‘Private Peaceful’ is brought to life by Little Theatre Company in a beautifully performed and moving production at Burton’s Brewhouse Theatre, directed by Tim Robinson.
Bob Merrill, Jule Styne & Isobel Lennart | Sutton Arts Theatre | Directed by Emily Armstrong & Dexter Whitehead
The latest musical offering from Sutton Arts Theatre captivates from the moment Phebe Bland’s Fanny Brice locks eyes with the audience through a dressing room mirror surrounded by light bulbs. Bland’s winning performance exudes confidence and feistiness, instantly establishing a connection with the audience that lasts throughout the show.