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The Mikado – The Lowry, Salford

Three Men Laughing

Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W S Gilbert Director: Sasha Regan   Reviewer: Jo Beggs From the moment the piano strikes up for the brief overture and the curtain opens to reveal three white canvas tents, it’s clear that this is not your traditional Mikado. Creating a whole new setting for this popular, but rather dated Gilbert and Sullivan operetta not ...

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The Mikado – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Three Men Laughing

Writers and composers : Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Marina Spark All male casts are often used to bring a fresh approach to classics and generally find success at least owing in part to the novelty of a drag act. Sasha Regan's all-male The Mikado or The Town Of Titipu exceeds these normal successes and delivers Gilbert and ...

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HMS Pinafore – The Lowry, Salford

Libretto: W.S. Gilbert Music: Arthur Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Choreographer: Lizzi Gee Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan are known for being witty, with gorgeous tunes, social satire and tongue-twisting lyrics. No one would ever say that they were authentic. Really, therefore, the concept of an all-maleproduction of HMS Pinafore should not be controversial and that ...

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HMS Pinafore – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: W S Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director:Sasha Regan Reviewer: Claire Hayes Sasha Regan’s all-male take on Gilbert &Sullivan’s Victorian classic H.M.S. Pinafore was originally staged at Southwark’s Union Theatre over two years ago, but feels just as pin-sharp in this 2016 tour as when it first set sail. Based below decks in a Second World War battleship, sailors lounge ...

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HMS Pinafore – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Libretto: WS Gilbert Music: Arthur Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: James Garrington Think of Gilbert and Sullivan and the first thoughts for many are of draughty village halls and amateur theatre groups, for this is how their work is most often seen these days. As time has moved on, so have theatrical tastes and now, even for amateur theatre audiences, ...

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HMS Pinafore – Union Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: TL Wiswell [rating:5] It's hard to think of Gilbert and Sullivan and not immediately cringe. In today's world, their shows are dusty relics that grate on modern sensibilities as much as the Albert memorial. G&S chokes on its own treacle - always a happy ending, inoffensive, prudish. No wonder ...

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CD REVIEW: Van Winkle – A Folk Musical

Music/Lyrics: Caroline Wigmore Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] Van Winkle – A Folk Musical is a concept recording and musical adaptation of Washington Irving’s short story Rip Van Winkle and is the latest offering from SimG Records. With musical arrangements by Jen Green and music and lyrics by Caroline Wigmore, the recording features a nine piece band including musical saw, which ...

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