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Twelfth Night – Guildford Castle. Guildford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Ann Bawtree William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night or What You Will is so well known that this preposterous plot is now perhaps one of the author’s popular comedies and a goodliterary romp. It is extraordinary to think that in the canon of his work the play falls chronologically between the great tragediesHamlet and Troilus ...

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CD REVIEW: Swan Esther – Original Concept Album

Lyrics: Jack Edward Oliver Music: Nick Munns Reviewer: Mark Clegg There can’t be many people who haven’t experienced the dreaded school assembly either as a participant or as a spectator, squatting on an under-sized chair waiting for your child to deliver their single line while dressed as the Archangel Gabriel or an onion. Luckily, school assemblies got a shot in ...

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CD Review: Ahrens & Flaherty – Nice Fighting You

Reviewer: Ian Foster Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty have enjoyed a prolific writing career stretching over three decades and in celebration of their 30 year working relationship, held a series of concerts at 54 Below which have now been immortalised on their double CD Nice Fighting You: A 30th Anniversary Celebration Live at 54 BELOW. The collection looks back at ...

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CD Review: Hood: The Scribe of Sherwood

Reviewer: Ian Foster Spiteful Puppet’s reimagining of the world of Sherwood Forest continues with Hood: The Scribe of Sherwood which brings together two 30 minute stories, The Outlaw’s Tale and The Sheriff’s Tale. Both written by Iain Meadows, there’s a real pleasure in immersing oneself in so familiar a story to find that not everything is quite as it seems, ...

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CD Review: Where The Sky Ends –The Songs of Michael Mott

Reviewer: Ian Foster Where The Sky Ends is the debut album from US composer and lyricist Michael Mott which makes for one of the better songbook collections that have been released this year. 11 original songs (and a brief interlude) are featured here which have been selected from shows he has written like Faustus and Mob Wife and also from ...

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The Fall of the House of Usher – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: David Pountney Usher House Music &Text: Gordon Getty La Chute de la Maison Usher Music &Text: Claude Debussy Reviewer: Lauren Anders It isn’t often that a company can create a tension so high that the audience is sat on the edges of their seats before the curtain has even gone up, but this is exactly the reaction that Welsh ...

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CD REVIEW: Heathers the Musical – Original Cast Recording

Music/Lyrics: Kevin Murphy andLaurence O'Keefe Producers: Michael Croiter,Kevin Murphy,Laurence O'Keefe Reviewer: Craig Hepworth Watching this year’s Tony awards it was strange to see the lack of imagination when it came to original new scores, with only a handful of successful ones (including the superb score for Bridges of Madison County) it made me wonder where all the excellent new writing ...

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CD REVIEW: Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Book: John Cameron Mitchell Music &Lyrics: Steven Trask Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although Hugh Jackman did a pretty terrific job at hosting the 2014 Tony Awards, the ceremony did lack a certain sparkle that has been evident in recent years. That sparkle is named Neil Patrick Harris and Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the reason he did not provide his ...

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