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Avenue Q – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Book: Jeff Whitty Music &Lyrics: Robert Lopez &Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer: May Mellstrom Often described as Sesame Street for adults, the fantastically funny Avenue Q arrives in Blackpool this week as part of a national tour, eleven years after premiering on Broadway and winning three Tony Awards. In 2003, theatre had seen nothing like it and this new ...

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Annie Get Your Gun – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Book: Herbert Fields, Dorothy Fields and Peter Stone Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Annie Get Your Gun is a fast-moving love story, full of romance, youthful joy, hurt pride, compromise and reconciliation. Along the way, it includes loads of well-loved songs most notably, ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, ‘Doin’ What Comes Natur’lly’, and ‘I’ve ...

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Thriller Live – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Marina Spark A buzzing audience, talented cast and expensive set makes for a winning combination. The show, which is essentially a tribute to the music and dance of Michael Jackson, does not disappoint the many avid fans in the audience. The format of the show takes the audience on a journey through the successes that ...

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One Man Two Guv’nors – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Richard Bean from The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni Director: Nicholas Hytner Music: Grant Olding Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It is testament to the writing skills of Richard Bean and the supreme talent of the energetic and committed cast that an obscure 18th Century Commedia dell’Arte farce has a packed audience of 21st Century Glaswegians rolling in the ...

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The Glass Supper – Hampstead Theatre,London

Writer: Martyn Hesford Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer:Andy Moseley When the publicity for a play seems to focus almost entirely on the fact that it stars a former EastEnders actor an audience could easily imagine they were about to watch a vanity project for an ex-soap star trying to prove herself as a serious actor. Abandon any preconceptions that this is ...

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Ladies GoDiva! -Crazy Coqs, London

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman What's that, you say? A trio of women, performing original comedy cabaret numbers that frequently veer into the risqué? I'm there, faster than you can say "Fascinating Aïda"… A direct comparison is probably unfair to both FA and this new trio, for there's surely space in the industry for both. And to give them their due, within ...

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Richard III – St Paul’s Church,London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There will be quite a few versions of Richard III in the coming months; since finding the body in the car-park last year, and now that the courts have decreed the he’ll be interred in Leicester, interest in Shakespeare’s play has increased. Sherlock colleagues Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch will both ...

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Union – Belinda Scandal’s Showbar, Manchester

Writer: Joshua Val Martin Director: Joshua Val Martin Reviewer: Jo Beggs Gloria Strokem is a washed up drag act, fabulous when she’s decked in feather boas and false eyelashes, not quite so fabulous during the post-weekend come down. In her frazzled state she’s hearing voices. Well…one voice. Cilla Black. And Cilla’s doing what she’s famous for – making the best ...

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