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CD REVIEW: Calendar Girls The Musical – 2017 Original London Cast

Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Fresh from its run at The Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s newly christened Calendar Girls The Musical (formerly The Girls) delivers its cast recording ahead of a UK-wide tour. The sickly-sweet tale of Yorkshire women baring all to raise funds for Annie’s leukaemia-stricken husband is familiar to most from the 2003 ...

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Romantics Anonymous – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer and Director: Emma Rice Lyrics: Christopher Dimond Music: Michael Kooman Reviewer: Stephen Bates With a celebration of the joy of romance and the miracle of chocolate, Emma Rice bows out as Artistic Director of the Globe Theatre, leaving only broad smiles behind her. Based upon the 2010 French/Belgian film Les Émotifs Anonymes, her new musical is a sweet confection ...

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The Girls – Phoenix Theatre, London

Writers: Tim Firth &Gary Barlow Director: Tim Firth Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s been a film, a play and now with Gary Barlow adding a little razzle-dazzle, the true story of a group of women in the Yorkshire hills stripping off to pose in a nude charity calendar, has arrived in the West End as a musical. While the film, written ...

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NEWS: The Pajama Game announces full West End cast

Peter Polycarpou, Gary Wilmot and Colin Stinton join the cast of the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre's sparkling production of the Broadway smash hit musical, The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre. Peter Polycarpou and Colin Stinton reprise their rôles as Vernon Hines and Hasler, with Gary Wilmot taking over the rôle of Vernon Hines from 2 June. ...

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NEWS: Gok Wan to host You’ll Never Walk Alone Charity Gala

Award-winning TV personality, fashion guru, author and all round National Treasure Gok Wan will host the special one-night-only concert You’ll Never Walk Alone at the Queen’s Theatre on Sunday 2 March 2014 at 7.30pm in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal, it was announced today. Tickets are now on sale from £32.50, with all proceeds going directly to the Disasters ...

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CD REVIEW: Stephen Ward – Original Cast Recording

Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book &Lyrics: Christopher Hampton and Don Black Reviewer: Holly Spanner The Profumo affair is perhaps one of the most notorious affairs of the 20th Century. A political scandal, it rocked Britain to its core. Stephen Ward, an osteopath by profession, talented artist and man about town, moved in high society circles, and had a taste for ...

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Stephen Ward – Aldwych Theatre, London

Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book and Lyrics: Christopher Hampton and Don Black Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] In 1963, when the Kennedy assassination rocked the world, Britain was still shaking from the seismic effects of the Profumo Scandal. John Profumo, Minister of War, had been sharing a mistress, Christine Keeler, with a naval attache at the Soviet Embassy, ...

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NEWS: West End says “You’ll Never Walk Alone” to the Philippines

West End stars : Julie Atherton (Avenue Q, The Last 5 Years), two time Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding (Stephen Ward, The Pyjama Game), three time Olivier Award nominee Hannah Waddingham (Kiss me Kate, Spamalot), Filipino born singer and quarter finalist on BBC's The Voice Joseph Apostol, soon to play John in Cameron Mackintosh's revival of Miss Saigon Hugh Maynard ...

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