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Pygmalion – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Bernard Shaw Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Bill Avenell It is almost 100 years to the day since Pygmalion, probably the best known of Shaw’s plays first saw the light of the stage. For this fact alone and as an interesting comparison of the times, something that Shaw would no doubt have been keen to see although rather disappointed with ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Ed Curtis Music: Chris Egan Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Katie Lee The Strictly Come Dancing stars return in a follow up to their Midnight Tango tour with a new show capturing the golden age of Hollywood. This 1940's romp through Vincent and Flavia's favourite dances is housed in professional production with the romance of an LA film set. Directed ...

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Let It Be – Liverpool Empire

Director &Musical Supervisor: John Maher Reviewer: Paul Downham 50 years after The Beatles last performed on the Liverpool Empire stage the ‘Fab Four’ return to the city where it all began. Performing to a capacity crowd, it seems like they have never been away. Let it Be isn’t a Juke Box Musical weaving the groups songs into a totally un ...

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Under the Mulberry Tree – The Studio at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Timothy Jones Director: Hannah Eidinow Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Edinburgh is labouring under a glut of plays, written by men, about how infertility turns women into psychopathic harridans.At the Lyceum, Tim Barrow’s Union is busy portraying Queen Anne, on the back of her miscarriages, as an unhinged despot who goes about breast-feeding a swaddled doll, leaving off occasionally to oppress ...

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Sam Halmarack and the Miserablites – The Arches, Glasgow

Reviewer: Mark McCulloch Somewhere between a theatre show and a would-be pop concert, Sam Halmarack and the Miserablites brings songs that will move and inspire, a lightning fast journey that takes the audience from the depths of failure to a collective euphoria in the space of a few songs: as long as you’re willing to join along. An early 90’s ...

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Daniel O’Donnell – The Lowry Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham Daniel O’Donnell took to the Lowry stage along with his band that in all case bar one have been behind him for the last 27 years. Along with equally long serving backing singers they provide a polished and slick canvass for Daniel to perform in front of. Daniel O’Donnell is the ultimate showman and laps up the ...

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Bomber’s Moon – Park Theatre, London

Writer: William Ivory Director: Matt Aston Reviewer: Jon Wainwright "This is unkind," says Jimmy. "No one deserves this." As old as Lear and as close to death, the king's repeated cry of "Never!" becomes "Not old!" as Jimmy rails against the indignities of an ageing body and his confinement in a care home. He knows what it's like to wake ...

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Finian’s Rainbow – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: E. Y. Harburg &Fred Saidy Lyricist: E. Y. Harburg Composer: Burton Lane Director: Phil Wilmot Reviewer: Tom Finch Finian’s Rainbow, a musical from the golden age of Broadway has not been revived in London since it first opened here in 1947. In some ways it’s easy to see why; the bizarre plot makes about as much sense as a ...

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