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Valley of Song – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Phil Park Music: Ivor Novello, Ronald Hanmer Lyrics: Christopher Hassall Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh [rating:2.5] One might be tempted to call Valley of Song Ivor Novello’s swan song as he died half way through composing it. It was eventually completed by his collaborators and so the Finborough are now able to present it as a world premiere ...

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NEWS: Sheaffer writing its name into musical Sunday matinées

After a whirlwind year of celebrations to mark its centenary, Sheaffer is set to continue the festivities by partnering with one of Britain’s finest concert pianists to present the Sheaffer® Sunday matinées 2014. Pianist Lucy Parham is working with the US-founded company to continue the hearts and literacy projects it has hosted over the past 12 months, which have been ...

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A Spoonful of Sherman – St James Theatre Studio, London

Reviewer: Tom Finch [rating:4] An evening of Sherman brothers songs performed by four lauded West End singers and hosted by a Sherman; it sounds like a delightful way to spend a couple of hours and that’s exactly what it is.Beginning with his grandfather’s work in the 1920s, Robert J Sherman tells the audience some of the stories behind the songs ...

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An Evening With Sylvester Stallone – Palladium, London

Hosted by Jonathan Ross Reviewer: Chris Rogers [rating:4] Like punters to a prize fight, the London Palladium was sold out from stalls to roof with buzzing spectators. The occasional “Yo Rocky – Hey Adrian” was giggled nervously while the hungry crowd awaited the undefeated champion of mumbled one-liners: Sylvester Stallone. Playing the referee of the night, trusty Jonathan Ross took ...

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The Day Shall Declare It – Marylebone Gardens, London

Based on “Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry” by Tennessee Williams and “Working” by Studs Terkel Director: Annie Saunders Reviewer: Chris Rogers [rating:4] Standing at the ramshackle bar of Marylebone Gardens in what used to be a BBC building, one immediately gets the underground flavour, the grit that the aptly named Wilderness are bringing toward their theatrical experience. It is well staffed ...

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Only Our Own – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Ann Henning Jocelyn Director: Lars Harald Gathe Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:2] The Irish War of Independence, fought between 1919 and 1921, led to the formation of an independent Ireland and fundamental change for the Irish people, but the stories of English residents in the country at that time have been little told. Ann Henning Jocelyn’s new drama centres on ...

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Thebes – New Diorama Theatre, London

Writer: Gareth Jandrell (after Sophocles and Aeschylus) Director: Rachel Valentine Smith Reviewer: Alice McGuigan [rating:4] “I vow to save you once more, my Thebes. My city” promises King Oedipus, unaware that his own fate has already set its suffering in motion. Presented by The Faction and written by Gareth Jandrell, this modern adaptation condenses Sophocles’ and Aeschylus’ classical Theban plays. ...

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Cleopatra – Hope Theatre, London

Writer: Gareth Cadwallader Director: Mary Franklin Reviewer: Harry Stern [rating:1.5] New plays are notoriously, gloriously unpredictable. There is always a sense of trepidation in the hearts and minds of the creative teams that bring them to life and of audiences that witness their birth. Some plays are triumphant on their first appearance, others are slow burners and some would have ...

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