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This Flesh Is Mine – Testbed 1, London

Writer: Brian Woolland Director: Michael Walling Reviewer: Christopher Hong With four long tables and benches and a stage at the far end, the audience engages in a game of musical chairs as it files into the performance space. The prospect of being without a seat for a nearly two-hour performance is too daunting for some. After much shuffling, enters Agamenmnon ...

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The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: Alan Plater Director: John Plews Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A schoolgirl, an army driver and a nun walk into an audition… no, this isn’t the start of an elaborate joke but the plot of The Blonde Bombshells of 1943 performed Upstairs at the Gatehouse in Highgate. Europe is at war and several members of an all-female band have been lured ...

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All My Sons – Open Air Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz Arthur Miller stands in the laudable but challenging position of being a genuinely popular playwright who, regardless, never gave up on presenting his audiences with uncomfortable questions. Most famous, at least in Britain, for The Crucible (1953), in which he found a medium for satirising McCarthyism in the literal witch-hunts of ...

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Miss Saigon – Prince Edward Theatre, London

Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jnr. &Alain Boublil Book: Alain Boublil &Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: John Roberts Making a welcome return to London, 15 years after it finished its original record breaking run at Drury Lane, Miss Saigon has once again landed in the West End and has HIT written all over. Director Laurence Connor, the mastermind ...

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West Side Story – The Grand, Leeds

Creator: Jerome Robbins Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Holly Spanner Inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet and billed as the ‘Number 1 Greatest Musical of All Time’ by The Times in 2013, West Side Story is currently touring the UK. The show marked lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway debut when it ...

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The Trials of Oscar Wilde – Queens Hall, Hexham

Writer: Merlin Holland &John O’ Connor Director: Peter Craze Reviewer: Gemma Louise Hirst Think of a piece of art, whether that being a piece of literature, a painting, a piece of theatre or a poem. How you interpret it is different to the next audience member, is it not? It is up to you how far you emotionally invest in ...

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The Gondoliers – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Gilbert &Sullivan Director: Jeff Clarke Reviewer: Helen Jones Opera della Luna are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and so have put together their most ambitious production to date with this version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers. They have set up something called The Venetian Initiative, where they are performing the production with a different chorus at each ...

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Swan Lake – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Adaptation &Choreography: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Barbara Michaels It is not often that an entire audience rises to its feet in rapturous and unrestrained applause almost before the curtain is down. That is what happened on the opening night at Bristol Hippodrome of this production of Swan Lake. This most well-known and well-loved of all classical ballets ...

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