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Spring Awakening – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Steven Sater Music: Duncan Sheik Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: John Roberts Over the past few years, the exciting partnership between Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and Joe Houston and Will Whelton of Hope Mill Theatre have single handed changed the face of the Manchester Fringe Scene.  In the atmospheric warehouse space in Ancoats, magic really does take place, mainly ...

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The Importance of Being Earnest  – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell What a wonderful conceit it is that a relationship should be founded upon a name and what a wickedly witty script Oscar Wilde produces to lure audiences into that conceit. But alas the input of the author is the only really wonderful part of the Original Theatre Company’s production of this ...

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Loot – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Joe Orton Director: Michel Fentiman Reviewer: Stephen Bates   When Joe Orton’s life was cut short so cruelly in 1967, he left behind only a small body of works. Loot was his second stage hit, following quickly on the heels of Entertaining Mr Sloane and, 52 years after its first appearance, its ability to shock audiences has, inevitably, diminished. ...

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Murder for Two – The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Murder For Two at The Watermill Newbury

Book, Music and Lyrics: Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair Director: Luke Shepherd Review: David Jobson   This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Watermill Theatre, and to start off this special year the venue is once again delving into a genre that they’ve come to specialise in. The small-scale musical where the cast play both actor and musician. This ...

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Henry VI – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Yvonne Murphy Reviewer: Jacqui Onions   Omidaze Productions, in co-production with Wales Millennium Centre, returns to the unusual space of the Centre’s roof void with its second all-female version of a Shakespeare play. It is likely to be the quirkiness of these productions that attract an audience in the first place, be that because you want ...

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CD REVIEW: Love Birds – Original Edinburgh Cast Recording

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A rare and unusual thing - an original Edinburgh cast recording. Following in his family's illustrious songwriting footsteps (father and uncle The Sherman Brothers, were composers of the music for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and grandfather Al - a Tin Pan Alley alumni,Love Birds is Robert J. Sherman's new musical premiering ...

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Love Birds – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Book, Music &Lyrics: Robert J. Sherman Director: Stewart Nicholls Choreographer: Stewart Nicholls Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys This pin-sharp, production perfectly demonstrates that the apple hasn't fallen far from the songwriting talent tree in the Sherman family. Writer, composer and lyricist Robert J. Sherman, grandson of Tin Pan Alley alumni Al Sherman, son of Robert B. and nephew of Richard M. - ...

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Richard III – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Yvonne Murphy Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Everything about Omidaze’s production of Richard III attempts to be ground-breaking. An all-female cast creates a promenade performance taken out of the traditional setting and thrown into a strange world hidden in the roof void of the Wales Millennium Centre. So many breaks from tradition could have easily been a recipe ...

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