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Miss Saigon – Curve, Leicester

Book and Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Richard Maltby Jr and Alain Boublil with additional lyrics by Michael Mahler Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Everything about this touring production of Miss Saigon is big. The cast is big – nearly forty cast members are named in the programme – the orchestra is big – 15 credited musicians -  the sets and ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: Sam Holcroft Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Jay Nuttall  “No-one outfoxes a fox”. It’s an adage that is at the heart of Roald Dahl’s beloved tale – pardon the pun.  But when Mr Fox isn’t quite as fantastic as he once was – besieged by his nemesis and minus his bushy tail – he’s going to need ...

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Trainspotting Live – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin Reviewer: David Robinson The advance promotion promises a punchy and immersive evening. This In Your Face Theatre production certainly doesn’t disappoint on those two scores, far from it. Directors Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Greg Esplin almost insist from the first incredibly loud moment that there are no passengers in ...

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A Clockwork Orange – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Writer: Anthony Burgess Director: Julia Thomas Reviewer: David Robinson The Curve is partnering with the performing arts students from De Montfort University on this immersive and brave adaptation of the Anthony Burgess dystopian classic. The novel sits proudly on the Time magazine’s top hundred books in the English language, a novel Burgess admitted to writing in a matter of a ...

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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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The Importance of Being Earnest – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Edward Franklin, Cathy Tyson, Darren Bennett, Martha Mackintosh and Fela Lufadeju in The Importance of Being Earnest

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Does Wilde’s witty masterpiece have anything new left to say to 21stCentury theatregoers having been regularly performed and revived in the years since its first performances at the tail end of the 19th? In this Birmingham REP and Curve, Leicester co-production, director Nikolai Foster and designer Isla Shaw certainly think so ...

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Wipers – Curve, Leicester

Simon Rivers as Sadiq in Wipers

Writer: Ishy Din Director: Suba Das Reviewer: James Garrington   Among the wealth of material written about the First World War, there is actually very little drama based on the contribution of South Asian soldiers, even though by the end of the war over one-and-a-half million of them had crossed the ocean to fight with the Allied armies. Wipers is ...

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Legally Blonde – Curve, Leicester

Lucie Jones as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde

Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe &Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Based on the 2001 film starring Reese Witherspoon and Amanda Brown’s semi-autobiographical novel, the musical of Legally Blonde opened on Broadway in 2007. It transferred to the West End in 2009, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and launching its leading ...

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