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Sunset Boulevard – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Tate James “The address is 10086 Sunset Boulevard” When starving writer, Joe Gillis, pulled his car into the driveway of a forgotten mansion on Sunset Boulevard, he had no idea he would end up tangled in the demise of a former silent movie star. ...

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Grease – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Jessica Paul as Sandy Dumbrowski with the Pink Ladies in Grease

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman The 1978 film of Grease is one of the most-loved movie musicals of all time, but its inspiration, the 1971 Broadway show, is a lesser-known predecessor. Revived by Nikolai Foster for a Christmas season at Curve, the show is taken back to its original Broadway roots, ...

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Into the Woods – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan

Writer: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: James Brining Reviewer: Ruth Jepson   Mother told me never stray from the path… The path has strayed from you. Most people will know Into the Woods from the recent all-star movie, and turn up expecting tall trees, and green woodlands. It’s therefore rather surprising to walk into a set which ...

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Annie – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

latest touring cast annie the musical

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Dominic Corr For just shy of forty years, Annie has often proven to be one of the most popular and sickeningly sweet musicals ever to grace the stage. This new production, however, manages to downplay the sugar and generate some genuine chemistry between its characters. The plot ...

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Annie – Liverpool Empire

The cast of Annie

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: John Roberts   It’s hard not to get won over by the overt optimism that seeps through every element of this saccharine-sweet musical. Generations of theatre goers have filled theatres all over the world to hear Little Orphan Annie sing The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow and it’s ...

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Wendy & Peter Pan – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The RSC production of Wendy and Peter Pan

Writer: J M Barrie Adaptor: Ella Hickson Director: Jonathan Munby Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   It is difficult not to love a play that features swordfights, crocodiles, fairies and pirates. And it is difficult not to love a show that features actors soaring high above the crowd and an enormous pirate ship rolling across the stage, complete with mast and rigging. ...

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Kiss Me, Kate – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern in Kiss Me Kate

Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Kiss Me, Kate revolves around the most controversial of Shakespeare’s plays, The Taming of the Shrew. Created by Cole Porter, it premiered on Broadway in 1948and won the inaugural Tony Award for Best Musical. A successful film version followed in 1953, and the ...

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Welsh National Opera: Sweeney Todd – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: James Brining Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: John Roberts This Welsh National Opera revival of Dundee Rep's production (which was also revived for a run by The Royal Exchange and West Yorkshire Playhouse) somehow manages to lose the intensity and grittiness inherent in Sondheim’s powerful musical. Director James Brining takes the story away from ...

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