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BOOK REVIEW: How To Produce A West End Show – Julius Green

Author: Julius Green Publisher: Oberon Books Reviewer: John Roberts There has never been a secret formula to producing a hit west end production, if there was we could all become overnight millionaires and live off the fat of the theatrical land for the rest of our lives. However what we do have thanks to theatrical producer Julius Green, is an ...

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CD REVIEW: Top Hat The Musical – Original London Cast Recording

Producer: Chris Walker Publisher: First Night Records Reviewer: Jonathan Grant [Rating:4] The Original London Cast recording of Top Hat Is a delightful recording of a show that has brought a slice of 1930s Hollywood to the West End. Irving Berlin's words and music proved to be the bedrock of one of the most successful films of that era, and the ...

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Vive Le Cabaret – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer:Dave Cunningham [Rating:3.5] Perhaps it is the presence of a large number of ‘Vive Virgins’ but MC Desmond O’ Connor enters to what he describes as ‘a tense silence’. Still, he rises to the challenge and has the audience clapping along in just his first number. The current version of ‘Vive Le Cabaret’ offers both classic and radically new interpretations ...

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Gormenghast – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Mervyn Peake Adaptor: John Constable Director: Amy Wyllie Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4] Rehearsed in just two weeks you would expect some rough around the edges performances and dubious stage direction. However the cast, under the direction of Amy Wyllie, bring this rather surreal second book in Mervyn Peake’s trilogy to life. The story is set in the realm of ...

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CD REVIEW: Singin’ in the Rain – 2012 London Cast

Producers: Robert Scott &Larry Blank for Chichester Festival Theatre and Stage Entertainment Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:4] In the 6oth anniversary year of the ever popular, all singing, all dancing film, Singin’ in the Rain, what better way to celebrate than with a 2012 London Cast recording? A cast recording that is, indeed, a fitting tribute to that iconic film. As ...

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The Prodigious Snob – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Moliere Adapter: Miles Malleson Director: Adrian Stoke Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:3.5] Moliere's comedy-ballet was first staged when Charles II and Sun King Louis XIV were at the top of the social order on either side of the Channel. It's been popular ever since; snobbery and social climbing are as funny now as they were then. But I'm not sure ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Dirty Great Love Story – Pleasance Dome

Writer: Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna Director: Pia Furtado Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:5] Calling something sweet, heartwarming and charming can be sounding the death knell for a production at the Fringe, but that might be this fantastic little piece of theatre's unique selling point. Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna combine drama and poetry in this rom-com in rhyme - Dirty ...

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