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Strictly Ballroom: The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre, London

Book: Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Director: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom– part dance comedy, part Cinderella romance – launched the Australian’s career as a filmmaker of visually arresting, reality-heightening fare such as Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, the three films collectively becoming known as the director’s ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’. In this transfer to ...

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Monty Python’s Spamalot – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book/Lyrics/Music: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Dan English Cans of Spam at the ready as the hapless King Arthur and his clan of Knights hilariously hunt for the Holy Grail in this excellent touring production of Monty Python’s Spamalot. Touted as the ‘lovingly’ put together musical that rips off Monty Python and the Holy Grail, ...

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SEAGULLMACHINE – La Mama, New York

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Writer: Anton Chekhov, Heiner Müller, The Assembly Adaptor: The Assembly Director: Jess Chayes & Nick Benacerraf Reviewer: Jamie Rosler “In a world gone mad, what is the role of theatre?” So asks The Assembly in their production note in the program for the world premiere of SEAGULLMACHINE at La Mama. An innovative mash-up of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, Heiner Müller’s ...

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When We Were Brothers – The Underground, Bradford

Writer: Ben Tagoe Director: Aisha Khan Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Freedom Studios was established in Bradford to reflect the diversity of the city and to produce work that resonates with, and who are often underrepresented in society. Their latest piece When We Were Brothers tackles the issue of male mental health; a subject that has become more prominent, especially in the ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Lyceum, Sheffield

Book and Lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Sunset Boulevard has been around for an astonishing length of time. The original Billy Wilder film was made in the early 1950s, and versions of Lloyd Webber’s musical have been in production since the early 1990s, with mixed success. Nevertheless, like the ...

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Moormaid – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Marion Bott Director: Zois Pigadas Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Funny, intriguing, almost romantic but with a spike that jabs us into a high state of alert. Tackling the awkward subject of a (potentially) reformed terrorist coming back to his hometown seeking absolution and peace, Marion Bott’s super story is a mix of many factors, and is balanced just right to ...

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Cecilia Bengolea & Francois Chaignaud: DFS – Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographic Collaboration: Damion BG Dancerz & Joan Mendy Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you’ve ever dreamed of dancing on the stage at Sadler’s Wells, then your day has come. Cecilia Bengolea and Francois Chignauld’s new show DFS, inspired by Jamaican dancehalls, welcomes the audience onstage for a few minutes to learn a quick routine from the dancers. As half the stalls ...

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The Big Corner – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Bill Naughton Adaptor: Lawrence Till Director: Elizabeth Newman     Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘You don’t get to choose the story you’re told ’ A landmark on the Bolton landscape, and a cultural gem the Octagon Theatre is proudly celebrating 50 years of theatre.  In a world where we are constantly finding arts and cultural endeavours pared down and marginalised, this is ...

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