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Cinderella – The Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Music: G. A. Rossini Choreographer: Sheila Styles Reviewer: Janet Jepson There’s always a thrill in watching a ballet live in the theatre, and Cinderella performed by the Vienna Festival Ballet at The Civic Theatre in Rotherham did not disappoint. Sadly there was no live orchestra included, but this did not detract from the energetic performance by the charming young dancers. ...

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The Witches of Eastwick – Whitley Bay Playhouse, Newcastle upon Tyne

Music: Dana Rowe Book and Lyrics: John Dempsey Director: Ken Allan Reviewer: Mark Clegg It has been said that good musicals are not written: they are rewritten. That can certainly be said of The Witches of Eastwick which had a tempestuous time on the West End when it opened in 2000. A change of theatre and numerous rewrites to both ...

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Hot Flush – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Julie Benson Music: Olly Ashmore Director: Alan Cohen Reviewer: Katie Lee Women of the Menopause is the opening, descriptively named, song of this garish and flush-filled musical production documenting four women's experience of life after 50. Lesley Joseph, of Birds of a Feather acclaim, leads the cast in their journey through HRT, short-term memory loss and family dramas. To ...

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The Addams Family – People’s Theatre, Newcastle

Music &Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Directer: Lee Rosher &Kate Ross Reviewer: Mark Clegg Starting as single-panel comic gags in the New Yorker, Charles Addams’ creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky characters came to prominence in the memorable ‘60s TV series and later in a couple of hit movies in the ‘90s. It is surprising that it ...

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An August Bank Holiday Lark – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Deborah McAndrew Music: Conrad Nelson Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Sue Collier It is 1914. Everyone has stopped working at the mill and they are excitedly preparing for ‘Wakes Week’, the celebration of the Rushbearing Festival. The local Morris Dancing team are rehearsing for their parade through the village and the Rush Wagon is piled high with cut reeds, on ...

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Taking Charlie – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Neil Warhurst Reviewer: Rosie Revell They say truth is stranger than fiction. One of the strangest stories out there is the true story of the abduction of Charlie Chaplin’s dead body from his Swiss grave in 1978. Goofus, an exciting new theatre company, present this story as their first ever tour and it is an interesting mix of fantasy, ...

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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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Ensemble 360: Music In The Round – Cast, Doncaster

Violins: Claudia Ajmore-Marsan, Sarah-Jane Bradley, Benjamin Nabarro Cello: Gemma Rosefield Double Bass: Laurѐne Durantel Horn: Naomi Atherton Oboe: Adrian Wilson Clarinet: Matthew Hunt Flute: Juliette Bausor Bassoon: Amy Harman Reviewer: Andrew White There’s something magical about Music in the Round. It’s about being closer to the music and feeling a part of it; and that’s what the capacity crowd in ...

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