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George Carlin Saved My Life – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Writer: Marc Lucero Reviewer: Jon Wainwright A very funny hour-long set, the transatlantic theme signalled by the red, white and blue backdrop of the conjoined Stars and Stripes and Union Jack flags. Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA'' tips the mood stateside. That it's played at low volume tips us back towards the Home Counties, where it's best not to ...

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Bring Up The Bodies – Aldwych Theatre, London

Writers: Hilary Mantel, Mike Poulton Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Sequels are tricky things to get right. Whether we're talking books, films, plays or event the difficult second album. Hilary Mantel clearly struck a winning formula when writing Bring Up The Bodies, winning a Booker prize to add to the one already on the shelf from Wolf Hall. Adapted, ...

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Wolf Hall – Aldwych Theatre, London

Writers: Hilary Mantel, Mike Poulton Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Up the street from the Aldwych theatre, in Covent Garden, there's often a street performer dressed as, and acting like, Charlie Chaplin. He's good too, funny and sweet like the character in The Tramp. He has a bamboo cane and everything. However, given the historical weight of Chaplin and ...

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Park Theatre, London

Writer and Director: Jethro Compton Reviewer: Stephen Bates Theatre versions of well-known films have become increasingly common of late, but who would ever think of adapting a western? The wide open prairies of the American West would not be easy to replicate on a North London stage, but John Ford’s 1962 film, an acknowledged classic of the genre, is an ...

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Giggin4Good: When You Wish Upon a Star – The Actor’s Church, London

Reviewer: John Roberts Emma Howe, Karen Howe, Hayley Guild and Shaun McCourt have taken the now over-populated Sunday night concert format in London and made it for the better, by literally raising thousands of pounds for Great Ormond Street Hospital. When You Wish Upon a Star is the sixth concert from the giggin4good team and arguably one of their best ...

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In the Heights – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: John Roberts In 2008 a show opened on Broadway which took both critics and audiences by surprise, with it's hip-hop/salsa infusion and raw grit and tenacity it held The Great White Way under its spell. Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical In the Heights had landed and brought with it a whole ...

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The Pajama Game – Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Music/Lyrics: Richard Adler and Jerry Ross Book: George Abbott and Richard Bissell Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: John Roberts There is a charming energy that engulfs this revival of The Pajama Game based on Richard Bissell’s novel 7½ Cents. A musical that has all the ingredients of a classic musical of the era – strong leads, stunning choreography, and deliciously flamboyant ...

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Ace of Clubs – Union Theatre, London

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Jack Thorpe-Baker Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Go through the doors of the Union Theatre in Southwark and you are transported back to 40s London and the Ace of Clubs, a seedy Soho nightclub filled with small-time crooks and servicemen on leave. Take your seat at one of the tables and peer across the smoky room as the ...

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