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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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On Tidy Endings / Safe Sex -Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Writer: Harvey Fierstein Director: Dan Phillips Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When talking of his 1987 trio of one-act plays looking at life in thetime of Aids, author Harvey Fierstein told the New York Times, "Look,if I'm gonna bum ya out, I'm gonna make sure ya have a couple a laughstoo." As the Tristan Bates Theatre hosts two plays of the trilogy,Safe ...

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Calendar Girls – Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4.5]   In just nine years Calendar Girls has become something of an institution. The real life events of a Yorkshire WI group inspiring a film and then a stage play that became the fastest selling tour in UK theatre history. All good things must come to an end, though, and ...

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Calendar Girls – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] Few people can be unaware of the story of the Calendar Girls: the death in 1998 of John Baker from non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, the husband of one of the ladies of the Rylstone &District Women's Institute, inspires her and her friends to produce the Alternative WI Calendar of 2000. They became ...

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