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CD REVIEW: Half a Sixpence – 2016 London Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Cameron Macintosh achieved universal acclaim when he brought Mary Poppins to the stage over a decade ago. And so it comes as no surprise that he has reunited the team behind it - writer Julian Fellowes and song writing team Stiles and Drewe - for a crack at reimagining another classic musical. Unlike Poppins, Half a Sixpence ...

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Mary Poppins – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: P L Travers Book: Julian Fellowes Original Music and Lyrics: Richard M Sherman &Robert B Sherman New Songs and additional music: George Stiles &Andrew Drewe Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Emily Garside It’s 10 years (to the day in fact) since Mary Poppins flew into the West End, and out on tour it’s still a ‘Jolly Holiday’ with Mary. The ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Julian Fellowes Music and Lyrics: George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: David Jobson After more than a century, The Wind in the Willows still enchants children with its charming tale. It has been adapted countless times for stage, movie and TV. Now it’s traipsing the open road with songs to match in this new musical adaptation of ...

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Mary Poppins – The Alhambra, Bradford

Writer: P L Travers Book: Julian Fellowes Original Music and Lyrics: Richard M Sherman &Robert B Sherman New Songs and additional music: George Stiles &Andrew Drewe Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Holly Spanner Cameron Mackintosh negotiated the rights to develop Pamela Travers beloved books for the stage in 1993, but it wasn’t until more than a decade later in 2004 that ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Julian Fellowes Music &Lyrics: George Stiles &Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: John Roberts There is something endearing about Kenneth Grahame’s story of friendship and survival among the animals of the woodland. It’s appeal never seems to weaken as new generations are introduced to the tales of Mole, Ratty, Badger and the eponymous Mr Toad. So it was no ...

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Mary Poppins – Theatre Royal,Plymouth

Writer: P L Travers Book: Julian Fellowes Director: Richard Eyre Original Music and Lyrics: Richard M Sherman, Robert B Sherman New Songs and additional music:, George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Reviewer: Karen Bussell Just a spoonful each of Walt Disney, Matthew Bourne, Cameron Mackintosh and Bob Crowley and there’s a practically perfect family musical in Mary Poppins. Playing to packed houses, ...

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Half A Sixpence – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writers: Julian Fellowes (based on an original story by H. G. Wells) Original Music and Lyrics: Beverley Cross and David Heneker New Music and Lyrics: George Stiles and Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Choreographer: Andrew Wright Musical Supervisor/Conductor: Graham Hurman Reviewer: Bill Avenell This much-revised version of the 1960s musical, written as a vehicle for Tommy Steele and turned into ...

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FEATURE: London Musical Theatre Orchestra launches its public programme

By: SCOTT MATTHEWMAN andMARYAM PHILPOTT With increasing pressure on West End theatre space and a greater reliance on digitised music, it’s rare to hear a full 40-piece orchestra play London’s musicals as they were intended. In their place, a fashion for the concert performance has emerged, celebrating the longevity of a specific show or the work of one composer. For ...

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