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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Bristol Hippodrome

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Claire Hayes If it’s light-hearted escapist entertainment you’re after then the jazz age Thoroughly Modern Millie, with Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton asserting her musical theatre credentials in the title role, could just fit the bill. Be warned though, around the edges, ...

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The Railway Children – The Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Adaptation: Dave Simpson Director: Paul Jepson Reviewer: Charlie Hackett Edith Nesbit’s classic children's tale is brought to life in this new and mostly successful, adaptation. Following the disappearance of their father in mysterious circumstances and with their mother not able to provide for the family, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are forced to leave their comfortable lives in London, heading north ...

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Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – The Hippodrome, Bristol

Writer: Mark Haddon Adaptor: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Ivana Galapcheva To adapt Mark Haddon’s best-selling and award-winning book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is no small feat, but Simon Stephens is more than up to the task. It’s a story about a teenage boy with behavioural problems named Christopher Boone, who after finding the ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roald Dahl (adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft) Music: Arthur Darvill Lyrics: Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft, Al Muriel Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Helen Tope Dead birds and boozy farmers; Fantastic Mr Fox starts off with a bang. Stuffed full of cruelty and avarice, this production bears all the hallmarks of Roald Dahl’s novel. Adapted by Sam ...

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Wonderland – Liverpool Empire

Steven Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Jack Murphy Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Matt Forrest  Wonderland sees the characters from the Lewis Carroll tales of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass given a modern day make over with a political message to boot. Alice (Kerry Ellis) is now a 40-year-old single mum with all manner ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: The Wind in the Willows – The Warren Main House

Box Tale Soup's The Wind In The Willows

Writer: Kenneth Graham Director: Mark Collier Reviewer: Simon Topping Mole comes out of the safety of his beloved home. Tired of spring cleaning he decides to explore. Ending up by the river bank, he meets Ratty (a cultured water vole) and they become firm friends. Ratty shows Mole the joys of the river and their adventures begin. This is the ...

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Mamma Mia! – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson Writer: Catherine Johnson Director:  Phyllida Llloyd Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mamma Mia! has been going strong in the West End since 1999 and has toured extensively worldwide. There has also been a film production (2008) starring Meryl Steep, Pierce Brosman, Colin Firth and Julie Walters.  The story has been shared to many fans ...

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Dinosaur World – The Lowry, Salford

Writer/Director: Derek Bond Do you know your Giraffatitan from your Segnosaurus? Or the difference between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops? No, me neither. As a child many moons ago, I knew my dinosaurs better than I did my own family but alas getting old meant my dinosaur knowledge took a back seat: well luckily for me and several little ...

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