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Live on Mars – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Sarah Holt Live on Mars is billed as 'a bold new stage production celebrating iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship.'  The show's billing doesn't really do it any favours. Essentially, Live on Mars is a series of Bowie songs, performed by a live band. The 'bold' in the marketing hype probably relates to the ...

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PREVIEW: Hermann Mejia at Sophia Contemporary Gallery, London

By Maryam Philpott America’s changing relationship with the world and with its own history of immigration may have dominated the news for the last six months, but it has long been the purpose of the arts to visually reflect our societies back at us. Lovers of modern American art have been spoiled of late with big shows at the Royal ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Do You Ever… – The Warren

Reviewer: Paul Couch There's obviously a lot of thought gone into Brighton-based Tessellate's 45-minute sketch show, Do You Ever..., and, with a little more polish and some cash investment, it's on course to be a fantastic showcase for some serious comedic talent. Some of the sketches are more successful than others, but that's only to be expected with new work. ...

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Patience – Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Company Members on stage in front of a woodland backdrop

Writers and composers : Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Marina Spark Exeter Northcott Theatre is home to English Touring Opera's first production of a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera this week and Exeter is in for a treat. The ever popular and timeless satire of light opera's most famous duo shrines brightly in this production, which is one of ...

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Funny Girl – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music, Lyrics & Book: Julie Styne, Bob Merrill & Isobel  Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: David Jobson What a history this show has. It was only last year that Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith, transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Savoy. A run that was met with setbacks but received heaps of praise, and gave Smith’s ...

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The Wedding Singer – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

jon robyns wedding singer king's theatre glasgow

Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: John Kennedy Based on the lucrative box office eponymous 1998 movie Rom-Com that, being generous, lent Adam Sandler’s career at least some ephemeral gravitas, the much lauded ‘chemistry’ between him and love interest, Drew Barrymore, became a water-cooler buzz topic. What actual chemicals they shared, ...

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Glory on Earth – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

a man jamie sives a woman rona morison in historical garb

Writer: Linda McLean Director: David Greig Reviewer: Gareth Davies Two iconic Scot figures, Mary, Queen of Scots and John Knox, responsible for influencing the course of Scottish history, and its society, take centre stage in this world premiere production from Linda McLean. It's a pared down exploration of the relationship between the last queen of Scotland and a troublesome priest, ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Decide-A-Quest – Sweet Dukebox

Decide A Quest

Reviewer: Simon Topping Creators Edwin Wright and Tim Dawkins have come up with a brilliant idea for interactive theatre. Based on the Choose Your Own Adventure and Find Your Fate books that most thirty and forty somethings remember from their childhoods, Decide-A-Quest (like Knightmare Live) taps directly into the rich vein of 1980s nostalgia. Here the audience gets to choose ...

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