For tick­ets visit dukestreetthe­atre.co.uk or call 01494 524 233. For more de­tails about Luck of the Draw visit rene­gadethe­atre­com­pany. com or fol­low @Rene­gade_TC on Twit­ter.

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and how it could af­fect your life. For th­ese char­ac­ters it’s some­what deadly.”

Pro­duc­ers Anna Saun­ders and Joe O Oliver Ea­son are e ex­cited to bring the f first in-house play to D Duke Street Theatre.

“Luck of the Draw is very dif­fer­ent to o our pre­vi­ous mu­si­cal pr pro­duc­tions, but still w with the qual­ity that ou our au­di­ences have co come to ex­pect.”

Anna, of Rene­gade Th Theatre Com­pany ex ex­plained.

“Af­ter the huge suc suc­cess of Spring Aw Awak­en­ing we are thri thrilled to be of­fer­ing aud au­di­ences an­other prod pro­duc­tion so soon.”

Jo Joe of VF Theatre Com Com­pany added: “It’s been a dream come true to be able to bring Luck of the Draw back to th the stage and to work on th the script with Mich Michael and Matthew.

“W “Work­ing with Rene Rene­gade and Duke Street Theatre has given us a w won­der­ful sense of con­fid con­fi­dence and free­dom. We’re hav­ing far too much fun.”

Tic Tick­ets are on sale now for the play, which is be­ing per­formed on Thursd Thurs­day, May 28, Fri­day, May 29 and Satur­day, May 30.

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Cer­tifi­cate 12A Stars Anna Ken­drick, Rebel Wil­son, Brit­tany Snow, Hailee Ste­in­feld, Hana Mae Lee, Ester Dean, Alexis Knapp, Kel­ley Jakle, Bir­gitte Hjort Sorensen, Flula Borg, Sky­lar Astin, Adam DeVine, Ben Platt, John Michael Hig­gins, El­iz­a­beth Banks, Anna Camp, Katey Sa­gal

LIGHT­NING al­most strikes twice in the ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated se­quel to the feel-great com­edy Pitch Per­fect. Actress El­iz­a­beth Banks nes­tles in the direc­tor’s chair for this up­roar­i­ous sec­ond out­ing and she con­fi­dently con­ducts a choir of familiar faces through soar­ing mu­si­cal mash-ups and pitch­slap­ping put­downs.

Screen­writer Kay Can­non, who penned the orig­i­nal, en­forces the mes­sage of femme power by con­triv­ing a spec­tac­u­lar fall from grace for the Bar­den Bel­las in or­der that her plucky heroines re­dis­cover their sis­terly sol­i­dar­ity.

Bey­once’s an­themic ‘Run The World (Girls)’ is a fit­ting opener for one med­ley of re­demp­tion, em­pha­sis­ing that while th­ese girls wanna have fun, they won’t do so at the ex­pense of friend­ships or their ca­reers.

Can­non pads out her ad­mit­tedly flimsy premise with par­al­lel ro­man­tic sub­plots and in­tro­duces a Latin Amer­i­can ex­change stu­dent, whose life-or-death her­itage be­comes a run­ning joke that limps be­fore the two hours are up.

Thank­fully, Rebel Wil­son turbo-charges her scenes and is re­warded with the film’s only solo – Pat Be­natar’s power bal­lad ‘We Be­long’ – that builds to a rous­ing call to arms for the bro­ken­hearted.

Three years af­ter all-fe­male group the Bar­den Bel­las tri­umphed in the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship of Col­le­giate A Cap­pella, the girls per­form for Pres­i­dent Obama and his wife.

Fat Amy (Wil­son) suf­fers a wardrobe mal­func­tion dur­ing a Mi­ley Cyrus-themed aerial rou­tine and drags the good name of Bar­den Uni­ver­sity into the gut­ter.

In the wake of Muf­f­gate, com­men­ta­tors John Smith (John Michael Hig­gins) and Gail Aber­nathy-McKad­den (El­iz­a­beth Banks) cast the Bel­las into the wilder­ness and mock Beca (Anna Ken­drick) when she claims they can be­come the first Amer­i­can group to win the World A Cap­pella Cham­pi­onships.

Beca, Fat Amy, Chloe (Brit­tany Snow), Sta­cie (Alexis Knapp), Jes­sica (Kel­ley Jakle), Cyn­thia-Rose (Ester Dean), softly spo­ken beat­boxer Lilly (Hana Mae Lee) and new re­cruits Emily (Hailee Ste­in­feld) and Flo (Chrissie Fit) pre­pare for mu­si­cal battle.

How­ever, the path to glory in Copen­hagen is blocked by well-drilled reign­ing cham­pi­ons, Das Sound Ma­chine, led by the stat­uesque Kom­mis­sar (Bir­gitte Hjort Sorensen) and her right-hand Herr Pi­eter (Flula Borg).

The Bel­las’ make-or-break per­for­mance beck­ons and Beca frets about her song choices.

“You’re the most tal­ented per­son I know,” gushes Fat Amy sooth­ingly, “and I’ve met three of The Wig­gles... in­ti­mately.”

Pitch Per­fect 2 hits many of the high notes of the orig­i­nal film.

Beca’s ro­mance with boyfriend Jesse (Sky­lar Astin) is in­ert in the se­quel so the spot­light shifts to Fat Amy’s on-off-on-off flir­ta­tion with Bumper (Adam DeVine).

Banks and Hig­gins lasso some of the hearti­est guf­faws, the lat­ter spew­ing chau­vin­ism with aplomb as he ca­su­ally de­scribes the Bel­las as ‘an in­spi­ra­tion to girls all over the coun­try who are too ugly to be cheer­lead­ers’.

Mu­si­cal se­quences are choreographed with verve, in­clud­ing a rous­ing fi­nale that as­tutely goes back to acca-ba­sics to tug the heart­strings.

Hailee Ste­in­feld, Anna Ken­drick, Brit­tany Snow, Alexis Knapp and Rebel Wil­son in Pitch Per­fect 2

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