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BalletBoyz: The Talent 2013 – Richmond Theatre, London

Choreographers: Liam Scarlett &Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Formed in 2001 by Royal Ballet breakaways Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, Ballet Boyz has become a successful brand as well as an award winning dance company. Now in a new phase, with Nunn and Trevitt as Artistic Directors and mentors, The Talent 2013 is a dual programme of work performed ...

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The Public Reviews : The Best of 2012

2012 has been our biggest year for reviewing theatre. We have reviewed over 3,000 productions across the UK including West End shows, regional theatre, fringe, stand-up and live music. The end of the year saw us branch out with a team based in Ireland and we hope to continue to grow in other areas that we currently don’t cover on ...

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CD review: The Book of Mormon – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Book/lyrics/music: Trey Parker, Matt Stone &Robert Lopez Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:5] The Book of Mormon, the astonishingly successful Broadway show by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone along with Avenue Q creative Robert Lopez (winning nine Tony Awards in 2011) is now available aurally for those who can't wait for it to convert the West End in February. ...

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CD REVIEW: Release Me – Barbra Streisand

Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:3.5] Ms Streisand's breathy laughter opens track one of Release Me. "This is take eight? I haven't sung it once!" she giggles, before launching into the sublime Being Good Isn't Good Enough (from Sixties musical Hallelujah, Baby!). Now a fame-shunning 70-year-old, Barbra Streisand's big notes certainly haven't gone into hiding on this album of unreleased material. On ...

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RENT – Cockpit Theatre, London

Music/Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Timothy O'Hara/Sarah Henley Musical director: Scott Morgan Choreographer: Kamilah Beckles Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:4] Jonathan Larson's RENT, a 90s take on the opera La bohème, remains a popular and affecting musical with a huge following. Despite being rarely performed in London, it has had two portrayals here in the past two months, with young, fresh casts ...

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Good Grief – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Keith Waterhouse Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:3] Adapted by Keith Waterhouse from his own comic novel, Good Grief follows June Pepper as she adjusts to life after the death of her husband, Sam. Newly widowed, June is irritated by the way others treat her, either with kid gloves or with distain, and is sick to the back ...

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Sandi Toksvig Live! My Valentine – Richmond Theatre, London

Director: Pip Broughton Reviewer: Leon Paul [rating:5] Joy is listening to Sandi Toksvig for an hour and a half. In fact her show opens with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, which Toksvig tells us was commissioned for just fifty pounds “perhaps the best fifty pound every spent in musical history”. Toksvig is overflowing with joie de vivre, it is omnipresent in ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Glory Dazed – Underbelly

Writer: Cat Jones Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:5] Developed with ex-servicemen prisoners in Doncaster, Glory Dazed is a stark, engaging play about the impact returning from war has on entire communities. With incredibly funny and touching moments underscoring volatile situations, the play presents fully rounded characters and is both devastatingly realistic and sharply observant. Returning to his hometown to find life ...

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