REVIEW | Rent | Old Rep Theatre

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of Jonathan Larson’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Rent. Inspired by Puccini’s opera La Boheme, it is the story of a group of young people in New York who are facing a multitude of issues such as drugs, AIDS, love and loss.

What’s special about the Old Rep’s production of Rent is that it is staged completely by people from the area of Birmingham, every member of the cast has a strong connection to the city which emphasises the importance of showcasing home grown talent in the local area. As the Old Rep theatre are beginning to enhance the amount of self produced shows they put on, they have seized the opportunity to revive such a poignant musical.

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INTERVIEW | Donna Banya| RSC’s Making Mischief

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In the RSC’s intimate theatre space The Other Place, for the next month it will be showing festival of four plays that explore language, race, gender and life in Britain today. I spoke to Donna Banya, a young actor who began rehearsals for the two plays she stars in whilst sitting her final a-level exams.

Donna fell in love with acting from a young age, after attending stagecoach as a child and then successfully auditioning for National Youth Theatre, Banya has plenty of experience in acting but working for the RSC has been an incredible experience.

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REVIEW | That’s Entertainment | UK Tour

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That’s Entertainment is a touring production and musical extravaganza that showcases an array of classics from the 30s, 40s and 50s, led by a different special guest at each venue.

The production showcases the best of the stage and screen musicals from the golden era, including songs from the iconic composers Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter.

Birmingham were lucky enough to be graced with the extraordinarily talented Ruthie Henshall, a musical theatre icon both in the West End and Broadway. After a remarkable career as leading lady in productions such as Cats, Chicago and Crazy For You, she took to the stage with her powerhouse vocals and swept the audience off their feet.

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REVIEW | Guys and Dolls | UK Tour

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Echoing the success of the West End revival that opened in 2015, the Guys and Dolls UK Tour provides an outstanding production of Frank Loesser’s classic musical.

Set in New York, Nathan Detroit is a middle aged gambler who has been engaged to his fiance Miss Adelaide for 14 years, a woman who is desperate to get married but Nathan just can’t get the money together. Nathan makes a bet with young gambler Sky Masterson that he won’t get the beautiful church missionary Sarah Brown to go to Havana with him. After Sky wins the bet, himself and Sarah inevitably fall in love but Sky feels guilty that their love blossomed because of his bet and he insists they can’t be together because he isn’t good enough for her.

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