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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Swan Lake is well known to be one of Tchaikovsky’s great musical pieces; arguably the most famous ballet of all time. In this unusual take on the classic, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake continues to cast a spell on audiences the world over 19 years from its debut ...

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Chancers – The Civic Theatre, Dublin

Director: Terry Byrne Writer: Robert Massey Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Presented by Viking Theatre and written by Robert Massey, Chancers is a lively, highly entertaining and hysterical comedy that shows its audience that “there’s more than one way to win the lotto”. Struggling to maintain his livelihood, a small grocery shop, Aiden, played by Luke Griffin, and his wife Dee, played ...

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Jeffrey Lane Music &Lyrics: David Yazbek Director &Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: John Roberts It may have taken a decade to finally grace the shores of the UK, but the wait has certainly been worth it! Jerry Mitchell’s UK premiere of David Yazbek’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which is based on the film of the same name) is in Manchester as ...

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Happy Days – The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Book: Garry Marshall Music &lyrics: Paul Williams Director &choreographer: Andrew Wright Musical Supervisor: Greg Arrowsmith Reviewer: Fiona Hannon Those of a certain age will fondly remember the TV series Happy Days that this new musical is based on. First broadcast in 1974 and running until 1984, it attracted a huge following and was a firm favourite with families. This new ...

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The Odyssey – Derby Theatre

Writer: Mike Kenny Music: Ivan Stott Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Homer’s Odyssey is one of the great adventures in literature and Sarah Brigham’s theatrical interpretation does not disappoint. In a new version by Mike Kenny, The Odyssey charts the epic voyage of one man’s 20 year journey to return to his home of Ithica and his faithful wife ...

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Some Girl I Used to Know, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Terry Ronald, Denise Van Outen Director: Michael Howcroft Reviewer: Pete Benson One woman, one script and a handful of songs from the later part of the last century. Can this all add up to an evening’s entertainment at the theatre? For the most part it can. The woman in question is Denise Van Outen, a well-known television presenter who ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Designer : Nigel Hook Reviewer: Michael Gray   The Art of Coarse Acting meets Noises Off. Co-written by Mischief Theatre company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields and directed by Mark Bell, The Play That Goes Wrong introduces the "Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society" whose production of a ...

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Arrivals & Departures – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer &Director: Alan Ayckbourn. Reviewer: Jack Trott Think you know Alan Ayckbourn’s plays? Then think again. Arrivals &Departures is no Ayckbourn middle of the road farce, everyday characters on a gentle romp, this is as gritty, contemporary and heartfelt as it gets. This is Britain’s most prolific playwright at his best, a roller coaster ride of discovery, a lesson to ...

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