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Flashdance the Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Tom Hedley and Robert Carey   Music: Robbie Roth  Lyrics: Robert Carey and Robbie Roth  Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Clare White In a simpler time of poodle perms and leg warmers, 80s dance films gave us many life lessons – that no one puts Baby in the corner, that we should hold out for a hero, and that ultimately love conquers all. (Thank ...

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Flashdance the Musical – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Tom Hedley and Robert Carey   Music: Robbie Roth  Lyrics: Robert Carey and Robbie Roth  Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the pantheon of 1980s movies, Flashdance has achieved cult status far exceeding its own gaudy ambitions. The tale of a welding apprentice who supplements her meagre wages from a Pittsburgh steel firm by dancing in a local club, but who has ambitions to ...

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Mother Courage and Her Children – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Bertold Brecht Director: Hannah Chissick Translator: Tony Kushner Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Immersing the audience in a wraparound war-camp setting from the time they enter the theatre door is highly effective - here though, it’s just another detail in a superbly thought through and well-executed play. There’s so much going on in each minute of this 185-minute play (a ...

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Aladdin: The Wok and Roll Panto – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Nicola Martinus-Smith and Josh Tye in Aladdin – The Wok 'n' Roll Panto at Theatr Clwyd, Mold. Photo: Brian Roberts

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Mel Duncan A panto is a Christmas staple – a treat bringing families together, and a brilliant way to get into the festive spirit.  The Rock and Roll panto at Theatr Clwyd has established itself firmly in the North West and North Walian calendar as a family friendly must see – the question ...

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Side Show – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Henry Krieger Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Daniel Perks A carnival of freaks, a Side Show where Sir (Chris Howell) parades the outcasts of yesteryear. Nowadays it is ok to be different, alternative – in many ways it is considered trendy, a bold statement of one’s individuality. The Half Man Half Woman (Kirstie Skivington) or ...

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Down The Dock Road – Royal Court, Liverpool

Les Dennis & Daniel Taylor in Down the Dock Road

Writer: Alan Bleasdale Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Alan Bleasdale wrote Down The Dock Road in 1976, based on his experiences working as what he terms an ‘insecurity guard’ on Birkenhead Docks. Forty years almost to the day after the original staging at the Liverpool Playhouse, the play returns to the stage. The original production spoke to the ...

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NEWS: Jonathan Larson celebrated in new West End gala concert

RENT composer Jonathan Larson will be celebrated in a new gala concert in London's West End on the 20th anniversary of his untimely passing. Seasons of Larson will be produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Guy James and be presented at The Lyric Theatre on Monday, 25 January 2016 and promises to "explore how Larson became a voice ...

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Marry Me A Little – St James Theatre Studio, London

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Concept: Craig Lucas and Norman Rene Director: HannahChissick Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   For many musical theatre composers, the concept of constructing a show from songs rejected from their musicals would hardly create a compelling show. But when that composer is Stephen Sondheim, you know that even the offcuts are going to be worth experiencing. Marry ...

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