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Babe the Sheep-Pig – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Stage Adaptation: David Wood Based on the book by Dick King-Smith Director: Michael Fentiman Designer: Madeleine Girling Puppet Director: Matthew Forbes Composer: Barnaby Race Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Stage adaptations of popular books that have already been big screen hits can be a tricky business, particularly when, as in the case of Babe the Sheep-Pig, most of the principal characters are ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Originally conceived as a star vehicle for Julie Andrews, the film Thoroughly Modern Millie was released in 1967 to a generally positive reception, nominated for seven Academy Awards (winning one) and for five Golden Globes (winning one). So it was ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – Liverpool Empire

Image by Darren Bell

Book: Colin Escott & Flloyd Mutrix Conceived by Flloyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: John Roberts On one cold Memphis evening on December 4, 1956 - at the famous Sun Studios, legendary record producer Sam Phillips was in a recording studio laying down tracks for recent number one artist Carl Philips... playing for him that session was an unknown live-wire pianist ...

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Glasgow Girls – Liverpool Playhouse

2017 UK Tour of The Glasgow Girls

Director/Composer: Cora Bissett Reviewer: John Roberts “Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi' bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee, Wi' murd'ring pattle! In a post-Brexit state, the plight of the Glasgow Girls seems just as timely now as it was over a ...

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La Strada – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Bart Soroczynski as Il Matto (The Fool) and ensemble

Music: Benji Bower Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight La Strada is a beautiful, mesmerising, poetic piece of theatre. Based on the Oscar-winning 1954 film of the same name by Federico Fellini, it tells the story of the naïve and credulous Gelsomina, whose mother is so poor she accepts cash for her daughter from the travelling strongman Zampanò. Gelsomina accompanies ...

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer & lyrics: Tom MacRae Music:  Dan Gillespie Sells Director: Jonathan Butterell Choreographer: Kate Prince Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a new British musical that delivers both pathos and humour in equal measure. The story is based on a 2011 BBC documentary about 16-year-old Jamie Campbell who wants to be a drag queen. Jamie and his mother ...

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Anyone Can Whistle – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director:  Phil Willmott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s a rare thing to be told before you see a show that it’s widely considered to be terrible, but in the programme for Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Anyone Can Whistle, which has been revived at The Union Theatre, Director Phil Willmott, Sondheim himself and ...

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10 Minutes with… Prom Kween writer Rebecca Humphries

In 2016, for the first time in American history, a boy won the coveted crown of Prom Queen at his high school in New York City. Now, Matthew Crisson, who identifies as “non-binary” (meaning neither male nor female), has become the subject of a new play written by musical comedy duo Rebecca Humphries and Joanna Cichonska. PAUL COUCH caught up ...

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