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Annie – The Grand Opera House, York

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Robert Readman Musical Director: Adam Tomlinson Choreographer: Lesley Hill Reviewer: Rob Atkinson The popularity of Harold Gray's 1930s American comic strip "Little Orphan Annie", based on a 19th century poem of that name, was based partly on its solid "cute" appeal and partly on its frequently hard-hitting messages, encompassing topical ...

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Boeing Boeing – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Marc Camoletti Director: Jonathan Humphreys Reviewer: Audrey Pointer The farce Boeing-Boeing is the most often performed French play, according to the Guinness Book of Records. First produced in 1960 in Paris, it had its West End premiere two years later and went on to have a seven year run in London. Despite this and several other notable successes, playwright ...

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20th Century Boy – Empire Theatre, Sunderland

Writer: Peter Rowe Music &Lyrics: Marc Bolan Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Sensitively written by Peter Rowe, 20th Century Boy chronicles the tragically short life of glam rock star Marc Bolan, the flamboyant front man of T-Rex, from his school days through to his untimely death just before his 30th birthday. The audience are treated to an interesting story ...

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Choose Your Own Documentary- Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Nathan Penlington Filmmakers: Fernando R Gutierrez De Jesus, Nick Watson, Sam Smaïl Reviewer: Rosie Revell It is quite hard to try to review a show that has no less than 1566 different endings, but this is the task in hand when it comes to Choose Your Own Documentary. At first glance the show seems to be an indulgent adult ...

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One Man, Two Guvnor’s – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Richard Bean Music &Lyrics: Grant Olding Director: Nicholas Hytner Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Ina cross between Carry on and Pantomime we have the incredibly hilarious One Man, Two Guvnor’s. Full of physical comedy, slapstick, audience participation and breaking of the fourth wall. Played originally in the West End by James Corden we now have Gavin Spokes filling the woollen suit ...

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A Taste of Honey – CAST, Doncaster

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Mark Babych Produced by: Hull Truck Theatre and Derby Theatre Reviewer: Fiona Hannon A Taste of Honey originally opened more the 50 years ago. This performance in a new theatre, although very firmly of its time, is still fresh and relevant today. That it was Shelagh Delaney’s first attempt at writing for the theatre aged only ...

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Spiers and Boden: Goodbye, The Final Tour – Harrogate Theatre

Music: John Spiers &Jon Boden Reviewer: Sue Collier Having played together for over 14 years, Radio Two Folk Award winning duo Spiers and Boden have announced this to be their last tour together as a duo for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, this is not as a result of them splitting up, but rather that they will be returning to playing ...

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Mark Thomas: 100 Acts of Minor Dissent – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Reviewer: Andrew White It’s hard to imagine Mark Thomas ever stopping being frustrated, angry and defiant about big corporations, injustices in the world and Government hypocrisy. This is something deep in his soul, and as he points out, he’s now aged 51 and doesn’t give a monkeys. But he did have to take a break from activism and the comedy ...

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