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Singular Sensations: Patricia Routledge – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Reviewer: Alex Ramon Singular Sensations is a series of Sunday afternoon interviews with musical theatre luminaries, held at the Charing Cross Theatre and hosted by Edward Seckerson. The inaugural season of these sessions, which began last September, has proved very popular and has so far seen appearances from Kerry Ellis, Howard Goodall, Janie Dee and John Wilson; Jenna Russell and ...

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Tonight’s the Night – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Ben Elton Music: Rod Stewart Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Paul Jones Tonight was certainly the night for scores of Rod Stewart fans who gathered at The Palace Theatre to watch The Rod Stewart Musical Tonight's The Night. Ben Elton's script tells the story of Stu, a hapless garage mechanic who unlucky in love, makes a deal with the ...

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La Traviata – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi, this English version by Robin Norton-Hale Director: Robin Norton-Hale Reviewer: James Garrington Based on La Dame aux Camelias by Dumas, La Traviata was first performed in 1853 and tells the story of the love between Violetta, a courtesan, and Alfredo, a young man who has become obsessed with her. After initial rejection, Alfredo is accepted by Violetta ...

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Brendan Cole Licence to Thrill – Bristol Hippodrome

Choreographer: Brendan Cole Reviewer: Naomi Stevens Among the favourites on Strictly Come Dancing, Brendan Cole ensures that the heat is on when he brings his Licence to Thrill tour to town. From the dramatic opening beats of ‘Cry Me a River’ and beyond, right the way through the show, there is barely a pause for breath. Cole uses his dancing ...

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Re:Play Festival 2014: One Hand Clapping – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Anthony Burgess Adaptor/Director: Lucia Cox Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This adaptation forms part of the Library Theatre re:play Festival at Salford’s Lowry Theatre. It is adapted from Burgess’ 1961 novel of the same name which he published under the pseudonym of Joseph Kell, and this is not the only hint of Kafka in the production. Burgess’ bitter and sardonic indictment ...

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Re:Play Festival 2014 – The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star : The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Stella Grundy Director: Ian Curley Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Stella Grundy’s one-woman show forms part of the Library Theatre re:play Festival at Salford’s Lowry Theatre. Nearly. As it isn’t actually performed in the theatre. Having mustered in the coffee bar we are shepherded down two floors and along subterranean corridors to arrive at the Lyric Theatre Basement Orchestra Dressing Room. ...

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The Pride – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Alexi Kaye Campbell Director: Jamie Lloyd Reviewer: Matthew Nichols What have we here then? A play? At the Opera House? The enormous touring venue, usually home to musicals, concerts and pantomime, has dropped a cloth across half of its stalls seating, and is home to this intimate chamber piece, from the Royal Court, via Trafalgar Studios. Hats off to ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Stephan Elliot and Allan Scott Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Maggie Constable The Queen is in Milton Keynes next week! Well the Queen of the Desert, Priscilla herself anyway. She is in fact a bus and filled with queens! And direct from the West End with its whole range of hit songs and dazzling costumes the musical has arrived at ...

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