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NEWS: 5 Guys are back for Moe

By PAUL COUCH Underbelly Productions have today [21 June 20127] announced full casting for a brand new production of Clarke Peters’ Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe. The production will open on 14 September 2017 in a new temporary theatre in Marble Arch, London. Edward Baruwa will play Nomax and the ‘Moes’ will be played by ...

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Hir – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Taylor Mac Director: Nadia Fall Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We are all shaped, to some extent, by our parents and the behaviours we observe growing up. Whatever our concept of home, it is somehow combined with the characteristics of that family life, familiar, embedded and, we hope, unchanging. How disturbing then to return home from several years absence to find ...

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Bat Out Of Hell – London Coliseum

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Steinman Director: Jay Scheib Reviewer: Glen Pearce While jukebox musicals continue to pop up at regular intervals, Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell, though best known for Meat Loaf’s iconic albums, was originally written as a musical. While it may have taken 40 years to reach the stage, and after a preview run at Manchester’s ...

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The Kite Runner – The Playhouse Theatre, London

Adapted by: Matthew Spangler Based on the novel by: Khaled Hosseini Directed by: Giles Croft Reviewer: Deborah Parry The Kite Runner is a title that you may already be familiar with – it was written in 2003, the debut novel of critically acclaimed author Khaled Hosseini and spent over 100 weeks on the New York bestsellers' list. In 2007 it ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London

Choreographers: Richard Alston, Martin Lawrance Pianist: Jason Ridgway Reviewer: Ann Bawtree The evening of dance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre begins with an announcement by Richard Alston, both director and choreographer of his Dance Company. Often his inspiration is music but for the first piece to be performed, it is what he describes as “the energy and talent of these young ...

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Rituals for Change – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Performer: Emma Frankland Writer: Emma Frankland Reviewer: Richard Maguire ‘The radical act is to exist’ Emma Frankland proclaims at the start of Rituals for Change, and although this announcement may sound like a tenet of existentialism, Frankland’s life as a trans woman is, indeed, a radical act. This intentionally messy but life-affirming show demonstrates how we can exist on our ...

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The Misanthrope – Drayton Arms Theatre, London

Writer: Molière Director: David Furlong Reviewer: Stephen Bates With the United Kingdom and France both recovering from election campaigns, satirical words on fake news and spin feel particularly apposite, even if those words come from the 17th Century. Molière's Le Misanthrope, written in rhyming verse, premiered in Paris in 1666, staging the play with alternate performances in French and English, ...

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Taj Express – Peacock Theatre, London

Writer: Toby Gough Director: Shruti Merchant Choreographer: Vaibhavi Merchant Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is not usual, one must admit, for a stage show to start with a voiceover warning that anybody expecting great theatre should leave. There are certainly some shows that could benefit from such a management of expectations. Taj Express, the latest Bollywood-inspired work from the Merchant family, ...

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