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Dick Whittington – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Musical Director: Chris Wong Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Dick Whittington is given the right royal treatment with Helga Wood’s sumptuous red, blue and gold set and Chris Wong’s expert musical direction – the cast is right to big him up at the end – the precision timing, tight-knit sound and variety of musical numbers is impressive ...

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Tommy – Greenwich Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics by: Pete Townsend Book by: Des McAnuff Director: Michael Strassen Reviewer: Scott Stait Based around The Who’s 1969 concept album, Tommy tells the story of a boy suffering from sensory deprivation in a world that doesn’t understand him. Following a tortured and misguided youth, by some twist of fate he miraculously regains his sight, speech and ...

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Dick Whittington – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Musical director: Andy Booth Reviewer: Janet Jepson     “There is nothing you can name, that is anything like a Dame” – so goes the famous lyric, but in Dick Whittington at The Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield this rings so true! Damian Williams is an excellent dame in the guise of the coarse, raucous Dolly ...

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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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Hairspray – The Curve, Leicester

Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: James Garrington Hairspray must surely be one of the great feel-good musicals, up there with the likes of Mamma Mia! Based on the 1988 film, it is set in 1962 Baltimore, and is a tale of acceptance winning over discrimination. Once ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Oh no! The legendary Marlowe Theatre Ghost-Gag Bench has been stolen! Well, thank goodness it’s panto season again and Jack Trot alongside Billy Trott and Dame Trott can rescue one bench, one break-dancing cow and … oh yes, one princess … from the evil clutches of Dr Hefferflumphenstein, some rather freaky zombies, ...

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John Bucchino and Friends – St.James’ Theatre Studio, London

Composer/Lyricist: John Bucchino Reviewer: Leon Paul [rating:5] Musical theatre composer John Bucchino returned to the London stage to perform songs from his catalogue of impressive &expressive repertoire, ably &at times movingly accompanied by a plethora of fantastic international performers.The informal cabaret evening held in the beautiful surroundings of The St James’ Theatre’s Studio was full to the brim with fellow ...

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A Class Act – Landor Theatre, London

Writer: Linda Kline and Lonny Price Music and Lyrics: Edward Kleban Director: Robert McWhir Reviewer: Carrie Carter [rating: 4.5] Musicals about musicals are part of a theatrical sub-genre which seems to be growing ever popular. The task of successfully capturing the backstage buzz, and making the creative process seem interesting to an audience looking for a spectacle, is often a ...

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