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Our House – Festival Theatre, Malvern

A woman stands holding a hand aloft surrounded by others

Book: Tim Firth Music & Lyrics: Madness Director: James Tobias Reviewer:  David Robinson The welcome at the house of fun is a warm and an extremely enthusiastic one, with the toe-tapping sounds of Madness favourites ringing loudly around the auditorium and no doubt being whistled long after the show. The melodious joy is infectious and the predominantly young cast throw themselves ...

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Dick Whittington – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Daniel Buckroyd, Fine Time Fontayne Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Charlie Morgan Reviewer: Michael Gray Beneath the impressive 21st Century gloss, and despite the Trump gags, this is a warmly traditional panto, its appeal effortlessly spanning the generations. Director and co-writer Daniel Buckroyd has wisely re-hired many of last year's Aladdin company; they seem very much ...

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End of the Rainbow – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Gary Wilmot as Anthony, Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland and Sam Attwater as Mickey in End of the Rainbow.

Writer: Peter Quilter Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   It’s December 1968 and Judy Garland has been booked to perform at London’s Talk of the Town for a five-week run. There can be little doubt that she needs this engagement – previous concerts in Australia have been a shambles thanks to her chaotic personal life and her finances have ...

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The Sum Of Us – Above The Stag Theatre, London

Writer: David Stevens Director: Gene David Kirk Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Warm, cosy and old-fashioned, David Stevens’ 1990 comedy plays like a cross between an early episode of Neighbours and an American family sitcom from the same era. The great surprise is that it is only now getting its UK premiere. After a long run off-Broadway, the play was turned ...

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The Clockmaker’s Daughter – Landor Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn Director: Robert McWhir Reviewer: Stephen Bates     It’s time to pop Champagne corks. Here we have a brand new British musical that does not simply recycle old hits and is not adapted from a film, a play or a novel. Michael Webborn and Daniel Finn conceived and developed this show ...

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The Cat in the Hat – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Dr Seuss adapted by Katie Mitchell Director: Lillie Collier Reviewer: Pete Benson The Cat in the Hat is a live version of the book of the same name. Theodor Geisel, better known under the pen name Dr. Seuss, wrote the book in 1957 in response to a perceived ineffectiveness of the then crop of available learning to read books. ...

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The Cat in the Hat – Pleasance One, Edinburgh

Writer: Dr Seuss Adaptor: Katie Mitchell Director: Lille Collier Reviewer: John Roberts The Cat in the Hat is arguably Dr Seuss' best known book, and here in Katie Mitchell's honourable adaptation which received its world premiere at The National Theatre a few years ago has been revived by Paul Taylor-Mills Ltd to enchant and excite children young and old. On ...

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Sister Act – Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

Writer: Joseph Howard Additional Book Material: Douglas Carter Beane Director: Anthony Williams Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Reviewer: Paul Downham   Aberystwyth Arts Centre has been turned into a Nunnery for the summer with the arrival of hit musical comedy Sister Act. From its beginnings in California in 2006, Sister Act has gone on to be performed around the ...

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