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Peter Pan – National Theatre, London

Writer: J M Barrie Director: Sally Cookson  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman While it is rightly regarded as a children's classic, Peter Pan is, let's face it, prone to being unbearably twee. Often presented on stage as a "straight" tale of children enjoying a fantasy adventure, to ignore its multilayered metaphors is to gut it of all excitement, reducing it to little ...

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STAGE SHOT: Peter Pan – National Theatre

Today the National Theatre released the production images for their annual family Christmas show. This year's treat is an adaptation of J.M Barrie's Peter Pan in a co-production between with Bristol Old Vic. When Peter Pan, the leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow during a visit to London, headstrong Wendy helps him re-attach it. In return she is invited to Neverland ...

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Hey, Old Friends! – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

Composer and Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim Director and Choreographer: Bill Deamer Musical Director: Gareth Valentine Reviewer: Scott Stait   In his 85th year Stephen Sondheim’s legacy is still burning bright in London’s West End. In aid of The Silver Line and the Stephen Sondheim Society, this glittering birthday Charity Gala Concert gave an airing to stars of stage and screen, past ...

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Manchester International Festival: wonder.land – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Damon Albarn Book &Lyrics: Moira Buffini Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: Iain Sykes wonder.land, a new musical take on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale with music by Damon Albarn, launches the 2015 Manchester International Festival at the Palace Theatre. As he did with 2011’s MIF offering, Dr Dee, Albarn teams up with director Rufus Norris with this time Moira Buffini providing ...

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CD REVIEW: Paradise Lost Studio Cast Recording

Book &Lyrics: Jonathan Wakeham Music &Story: Lee Ormsby Reviewer: Donna Kelly The cast of Paradise Lost have taken the bold and ambitious move to launch their new musical as an album. Inspired by classic shows likeEvita, Chess and Les Miserables, all of which were first launched as albums, writers Lee Ormsby and Jonathan Wakeham are hoping to find an audience ...

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That Day We Sang – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Victoria Wood Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Matthew Nichols [Rating:5] Having first encountered Victoria Wood’s nostalgic comedy drama two years ago at the Manchester International Festival. On a baking hot afternoon, and with an acid hangover (me, not the afternoon), it was the equivalent of collapsing in front of high quality Sunday night TV. Two years on, with some tweaking, ...

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Mare Rider – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Leyla Nazli Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:4] Confined to a hospital bed after a near death experience Selma is visited by a mysterious and terrifying nightmare. With the audience seated on two sides of the stage Arcola Theatre’s production of Mare Rider is a surreal, magical and disturbing tale of myth, change, fear and ultimately acceptance. With ...

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Victor/Victoria – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book: Blake Edwards Music: Henry Mancini Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] It is sad that the Southwark Playhouse will have to quit its current London Bridge premises as it has hit a vein of real good form allied to a growing understanding of how best to use the converted railway arches and particularly so with ...

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