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REVIEW ROUND-UP: Rags the Musical at Park Theatre We round up the reviews for Bronagh Lagan's production which transfers to the Park Theatre following a run at the Hope Mill theatre last year.

Spring into summer at Dance City Newcastle's Dance City has announced its 2020 spring / summer programme which includes works from Wales, Switzerland, Sweden, elsewhere in the UK and, of course, from the North East.

Mysterious virus 'expected' to spread to UK amid China cover-up panic - airports on alert A MYSTERIOUS virus that has swept through China has sparked global panic, after the US issued terrifying airport alerts and a new study suggests that number of infected has been "grossly underestimated".

'A comic gem': JEW…ish - King's Head Theatre The shifts in storytelling dynamics are fluidly brought to life, so they never jar, but continue to entertain. This play is a comic gem, packed full of humour that will resonate with audiences, regardless of religious background.

'There is little point in denying its political punch': LES MISÉRABLES - Sondheim Theatre It barely needs to be said that the picture that this musical paints of the poor echoes sights you can see in the streets every day, and so there is little point in denying its political punch. It's one of those shows where you can feel just how much people want to pay tribute to its sense of social justice.

Alone in Berlin to have Northampton première Charlotte Emmerson, Denis Conway and Joseph Marcell will lead an ensemble cast in the world première of Alone in Berlin, which will open in Northampton. Emmerson plays Anna Quangel.

The week in theatre: Cuttin' It; The Girl With Glitter in Her Eye; Rooman - review Star ratings Cuttin' It The Girl With Glitter in Her Eye Rooman. - Cuttin' It is at the Studio, Royal Exchange, Manchester, until 1 February. - The Girl With Glitter in Her Eye is at the Bunker, London SE1, until 27 January.

UK weather: Brace yourself for plunging temperatures this weekend Freezing weather is expected across the UK this weekend, with temperatures predicted to fall as low as - 6C. Public Health England have warned people to prepare for the sub-zero temperatures and look out for those most at risk. Emergency shelters will be opened across London, in a bid to help homeless people escape the freezing overnight weather.

Romantics Anonymous Begins January 18 in the U.K. Ahead of U.S. Bows The musical starring Carly Bawden and Marc Antolin plays the Bristol Old Vic Theatre.

Leading Poet Luke Wright Has Announced First Dates For UK Tour Of New Play I believed that Fukayama line: the end of history. But history didn't end, did it? The Remains of Logan Dankworth is the third and final instalment of Luke Wright's trilogy of political verse. It looks at trust and privilege in the age of Brexit. The play embarks on a UK tour in January, running through to July.

New Matilda movie in works from director of West End musical Casting call goes out for film version of the Roald Dahl classic, led by Matthew Warchus, who staged RSC’s smash hit.

Salfordly Comes Dancing! Through to March, The Lowry in Salford hosts a plethora of dance, from ballet to hip hop, featuring artists such as Botis Seva with BLKDOG, Alexander Whitley's Overflow, hip hop artist Joseph Toonga's Born To Manifest and Acosta Danza returns to perform new and existing works with Evolution.

Rooman review at Barbican Centre, London Whimsical puppet show about a woman’s love for a kangaroo-man gestures towards existential issues, part of the London International Mime Festival.

'It is a star making performance from Daisy Wood-Davis': BEAUTIFUL THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL - Touring In this touring production, following on from lengthy London and Broadway runs, Daisy Wood-Davis plays King from innocent 16 year old with enviable talent to an older and wiser woman, recovering from a broken heart and new found confidence to write and perform her most acclaimed work Tapestry, which was released in 1971 when she was 29.

NEWS: Six extends booking as first West End birthday celebrations begin A new booking period for the hit London production of Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss' musical Six will run until 31 January 2021, with over 90,000 extra seats going on sale on 17 January 2020 to mark the show's first West End birthday at the Arts Theatre.

Hamlet: Rotten States review at Hope Theatre, London Presenting a patchwork of key moments from Shakespeare's tragedy, 6FootStories' Hamlet: Rotten States displays exactly this sort of playful ambition and genial humour.

Review: The Story / Hela, Theatre503 "Do's dim hawl 'da ti adael, You don't get to leave, Do's dim hawl 'da ti anghofio pwy wyt tiYou don't get to forget who you really are" A brilliant idea this - Cardiff's OG pub theatre The Other Room has gathered up the three plays that made up their recent The Violence Series and sent them out on tour.

Unique 300 year old scientific drawings at risk of leaving the UK Arts Minister Helen Whately has placed an export bar on a set of 18th century scientific drawings valued at £2.5 million.

Falling in Love Again review at Kings Head Theatre, London - Awkward and unengaging fictional diversion that adds nothing new to the abdication story.

'An effortless performance by the cast': GOD OF CARNAGE - Touring God of Carnage is a dissection of the middle classes familiar in Yasmina Reza's work, presenting the characters in a farcical light that is so tragically funny. Christopher Hampton's translation somehow gives the script a quintessentially English feel, mirroring the timeless reality of the middle classes.

Dial M for Murder at Richmond Theatre, London - 'exposition-heavy thriller' Touring revival of Frederick Knott's exposition-heavy 1950s thriller that takes a while to find its feet.

Jason Manford makes it a triple as he returns to host the Olivier Awards 2020 Further details of plans for this year's Olivier Awards will be revealed soon. Manford is an award-winning comedian, broadcaster and actor.

KIDZ BOP Search for Mini Pop Stars to support UK Headline Tour KIDZ BOP - the #1 music brand for kids - is searching for new dance talent to join them as part of the UK leg of the KIDZ BOP World Tour in April 2020.

'Gut-wrenchingly funny': PETER PAN GOES WRONG - Touring The masters of laughter, Mischief Theatre are back at it again with a gut wrenchingly funny touring version of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which takes everything theatrical and jumbles it into a mess of impassioned, choreographed mayhem. The Goes Wrong franchise has achieved an astounding amount of success.

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