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Beautiful the Carole King Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Douglas McGrath Music & Lyrics: Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil & Barry Mann Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Beginning with the now famous Carnegie Hall concert in June 1971 to celebrate her seminal album Tapestry, Beautiful the Carole King Musical, quickly flashes back 14 years to a 16-year-old King (then just plain Carol Joan Klein) about to ...

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Douglas McGrath Music & Lyrics: Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil & Barry Mann Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: May Mellstrom Fresh from a two year run in the West End and with the original production still going strong on Broadway, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical arrives in  Manchester over Christmas in an affectionately told biography of Brooklyn teenager ...

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Douglas McGrath Music and Lyrics: Gerry Goffin & Carole King, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There can’t be many people who won’t be familiar with a song or two by Carole King – with first husband Gerry Goffin she wrote loads of chart hits for other artists that have become standards including Will You Love ...

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Douglas McGrath Music / Lyrics: Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Helen Tope Tapestry is no ordinary record. A chronicle of heartbreak and hope, even forty years after its release in 1971, it continues to speak to men and women about the nature of love. Carole King’s remarkable album is just part of ...

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The Donkey Show – Proud Camden, London

Writers: Randy Weiner and Diane Paulus Director: Diego Pitarch Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Can we put A Midsummer Night’s Dream back in its box for a while now, please? With productions at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, Southwark Playhouse and on BBC1, the appetite for Shakespeare’s mystical comedy must be close to drying up now. Thankfully, the summer’s final adaptation is sufficiently ...

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Shrek the Musical – The Lowry, Salford

Dean Chisnall and Bronte Barbe in Shrek The Musical

Book &Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: John Roberts   Based on the 2001 DreamWorks animated movie – which itself was based on a picture book by William Steig, Shrek the Musical first landed on Broadway in 2008, and a West End run followed in 2011 – 2013. This current UK tour has been on the ...

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Shrek the Musical – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Idriss Kargbo and Dean Chisnall in Shrek UK tour

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Big, bold and irreverent, Shrek the Musical translates the hit 2001 film into a slick, superbly staged musical romp that entertains family and adult audiences alike. The musical largely follows the same narrative as the film, albeit with some tweaks and a bit of backstory for ...

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Shrek The Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Shrek and Donkey from the Musical

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Tour Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Beth Steer Based on DreamWorks’ 2001 block-buster animation, Shrek the Musical is pitted as an ‘all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza’ that makes for the perfect family show for Christmas. Shrek follows the adventures of a famously green, infamously ugly ogre - who makes a most loveable, if unlikely, hero ...

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