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Lock & Key – The Vaults Festival, Waterloo

Book & Lyrics: A.C. Smith Music: Bella Barlow Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Sophia Moss How much would you sacrifice for success? Would you put up with a nightmare boss who constantly puts you down? Would you stay in the office until 10pm and miss your own birthday party?  How about cutting off your fingers or shredding your hand to show ...

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Peter and the Starcatcher – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher

Writer: Rick Elice Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up – the lost boys, battles with pirates, and the children who fly with him to Neverland. What happened before the book, though? How did the boys get there, why don’t they grow up? Peter and the Starcatcher promises to ...

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Hero’s Welcome – Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Play poster of two people dancing at a party

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: David Jobson Alan Ayckbourn continues to be one of our most loved comic writers. Not just for the comedy but for the pain that at times seeps out of his works. In Hero’s Welcome, the humour gradually settles in and by the end the pain is dissipated by the hope of reconciliation. Murray ...

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Carrie – Southwark Playhouse, London

Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Composer: Michael Gore Lyricist: Dean Pitchford Musical Director: Mark Crossland Reviewer: Scott Stait Premièring in 1988 for a four week run in Stratford upon Avon before transferring to Broadway,Carrieis well known in the theatrical world as one of the most expensive quick flops in Broadway history (costing more than $7 million to transfer.) Paul Taylor-Mills ...

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This Is My Family – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Daniel Evans Musical Director: Caroline Humphris Reviewer: Glen Pearce   You can’t choose your family the saying goes but, for Tim Firth, the family makes the perfect subject for a musical. In doing so he turns the everyday into what may just be one of the finest new British musicals for many a year. The plot ...

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This Is My Family – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Tim Firth Music and Lyrics: Tim Firth Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   Tim Firth offers us an entertaining family – which is quite different from family entertainment. Not particularly in adult themes (although auntie Sian's love-life is quite spicy) but in the depth of emotions shown by its members. You cannot dismiss this asOutnumberedwith music. The sadness ...

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This Is My Family – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer, Music &Lyrics: Tim Firth Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Fiona Hannon This was a special evening for Sheffield Theatres as they proudly unveiled the results of The Lyceum Theatre’s nine week refurbishment programme. This grand Grade II* listed theatre now twinkling with new lights, new cables, new carpets, new upholstery and 1000 litres of fresh new paint, glowed as a ...

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The Boy Who Fell Into a Book – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Cathy Shostak and Eric Angus Musical adaptation and lyrics: Paul James Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre premieres a new musical adaptation of Ayckbourn’s 1998 play (his fifty-third) directed by the writer. Ayckbourn originally wrote the play to celebrate the National Year of Reading. It’s a play suitable for all the family ...

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