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INTERVIEW: Kully Thiarai, her Curtain Call and CAST

By Ron Simpson On 25 April 2016, CAST in Doncaster is to hold a special event, a “Give What You Can” fundraising evening for the theatre with Artistic Director Kully Thiarai, joined by friends and guests for an evening of memories, music and performance. The special significance of what is certain to be a warm-hearted and entertaining evening is that ...

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The Element in The Room – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: John Hinton Director: Daniel Goldman Reviewer: Ray Taylor This show is subtitled A Radioactive Musical Comedy about the Death and Life of Marie Curie and is one of what the Tangram Theatre Company call their "scientrilogy", the other two shows being about Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. Premiering at the Edinburgh Fringe, writer John Hinton has an obvious passion ...

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Kiss Me Quickstep – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Production photo of Kiss Me Quick Step

Writer: Amanda Whittington Director: Theresa Heskins Set Designer: Dawn Allsop Choreographer: Beverley Edmunds Reviewer: Ron Simpson Amanda Whittington’s gift for situational comedy/drama is seen at its best in Kiss Me Quickstep, now touring in an entertaining and well-judged production from the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme. The original idea is promising: follow three couples at the Amateur Ballroom Championships in Blackpool ...

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Jackie the Musical – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Musical Director: Dan de Cruz Choreographer: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Janet Jepson If you are female, grew up in the sixties, seventies or eighties and lived for boys and pop music, then chances are, you were a Jackie fan. Jackie was the magazine to read, and two complete generations of teenage girls thrived on its ...

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Thriller Live – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

The cast of Thriller Live

Music: The Jackson Five and Michael Jackson Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Queen have a musical about the state of music in the future, Abba have a musical about mother and daughter love, so what does Michael Jackson have a musical about? Himself of course. What story could ever hold a candle to the songs of Michael ...

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Beauty and the Beast – Whitley Bay Playhouse

Writer: Anton Benson Director: Lizzie Frances Choreographer: Sarah Langley Musical Director: Sam Coates Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although traditionally belonging to Christmas, pantomimes have lately become a fixture of theatres throughout the entire year. The opportunity for the whole family to visit the theatre is one that should be applauded and Anton Benson Productions arrives in Whitley Bay this Easter weekend ...

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Into The Hoods Remixed – The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Jade Hackett as Rap-on-Zel in Into The Hoods: Remixed

Director, Writer and Choreographer: Kate Prince Musical Director: DJ Walde Reviewer: Fiona Hannon   This week, ZooNation and Sadler’s Wells bring Into the Hoods Remixed, billed as the UK’s freshest fairytale, to the Sheffield stage. Once upon a time in a land far, far away, two children find themselves lost in the hood, on Ruff Endz Estate where they meet ...

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Stones in his Pockets – Hull Truck Theatre

Conan Sweeny(Charlie) and Charlie de Bromhead(Jake)

Writer: Marie Jones Director: John Terry Designer: Samantha Dowson Lighting: Alexandra Stafford Reviewer: Ron Simpson Though this touring production, co-produced by the Dukes Lancaster and The Theatre, Chipping Norton, diverts and entertains and provokes the occasional thought, it is difficult to understand why Marie Jones’ amusing and ingenious play became what the programme rightly calls “a phenomenal global success” 20 ...

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