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Oliver! – Curve, Leicester

Music &Lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Lionel Bart Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Linford Butler [rating:4] Lionel Bart’s musical version of Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist, is extremely well-known, not least for the Academy-award winning 1968 film adaptation and its long West End and Broadway runs. Curve’s new community production of Oliver! is performed by an amateur cast plucked from the local community ...

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Leave It on the Floor – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Screenplay and lyrics: Glenn Gaylord Music: Kimberly Burse Director: Sheldon Larry Reviewer: Jenni Rymer [rating:4] The gay African-American Oliver Twist has arrived, with Beyoncé’s choreographer. Inspired by Jennie Livingston’s 1990 hit documentary Paris is Burning, award-winning director Sheldon Larry (winner of a National Endowment Award for his work with dance on film) has brought his fabulously hilarious yet moving masterpiece ...

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Our House – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Tim Firth Music and Lyrics by: Madness Director: Nigel Turner Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4] The music of eighties band Madness was popular long before many of the cast of Suffolk Young People’s Theatre were but a glint in their parents eye. Young Joe Casey commits a crime to impress Sarah, a girl who is in truth his soul mate, ...

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Briefs – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones [Rating:3.5] Briefs describes itself as “slamming together a beef-caked and disorderly line-up of Australia's finest performers and mischief-makers in a circus-infused variety show for the not-so-faint-hearted”. In fact, that's not a bad description of the show. The Quays auditorium at the Lowry has been largely transformed into a cabaret venue, with large tables surrounded by chairs in ...

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Paper Cinema’s Odyssey – Latitude Festival, Henham Park

Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   In an age when 3D trickery and technology often overwhelm a cinema release, it’s interesting that Paper Cinema have gone back to the drawing board, literally, to create a black and white silent film that in many ways conveys more depth than any special effects blockbuster. A team of animators and musicians set about creating ...

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Brand New Ancients – Latitude Festival, Henham Park

Writer and Performer: Kate Tempest Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5] The epic musical poem seems to be one of the themes of this year’s Latitude festival. Paul Heaton’s The 8th kicked off proceedings on Thursday and now Kate Tempest brings her work in progress showing of her equally ambitious Brand New Ancients. Although Tempest precedes the piece with a caveat that ...

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Love Story – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Erich Segal Book and Lyrics: Stephen Clark Music and Additional Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Steve Wooldridge Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:5]   It’s always a good sign that, even though you know how a story ends, that ending delivers an unavoidable emotional punch. Blood Brothers has exploited that outpouring of emotion for years and Howard Goodall’s chamber musical adaptation of ...

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The Hurly Burly Show – Duchess Theatre, London

Director: William Baker Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:3] Burlesque has made a staggering comeback in recent years in the UK, with its tongue in cheek humour, its risqué tease and its celebration of the female form finding favour with almost everyone who comes into contact with it, so it is no surprise that The Hurly Burly show has once again found ...

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