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The Lost Boy – St Mary’s Creative Space, Chester

Writer: Stephanie Dale Director: Kate McGregor Reviewer: Clare Boswell Two years in the making, The Lost Boy is the latest offering by Chester-based company Theatre in the Quarter and is a timely and compelling piece based around the current refugee crisis. Writer Stephanie Dale has impressively covered a lot of ground in this 90-minute play, balancing a heart-felt and personal ...

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Studio Theatre, Harrogate

Writer: Stephen Lowe, from Robert Tressell Adapter: Neil Gore Director: Louise Townsend Reviewer: Ron Simpson Could this be time for a left-wing revival? Just as Jeremy Corbyn is addressing conference as the Labour leader, Townsend Productions is preparing to take two of its uncompromising agitprop productions – hard-hitting and very entertaining – into London (well, Peckham) for a six-week season. ...

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Return to the Forbidden Planet – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace   Celebrating its 25th anniversary,Return to the Forbidden Planethas landed in Manchester with aplomb on the final leg of its current UK tour.Loosely based on the 1956 science fiction filmForbidden Planet, which itself was loosely based on Shakespeare’sThe Tempest,original creator and director of this production, Bob Carlton created the show back ...

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Return to the Forbidden Planet – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Bob Carlton Music: Greg Last, Julian Littman Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Beth Steer “Two beeps or not two beeps, that is the question”, apparently. At least, that’s what the Olivier Award winning production, Return to the Forbidden Planet – currently in the midst of its 25th anniversary tour - would have you believe. Written by playwright Bob Carlton and ...

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Return to the Forbidden Planet – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Phil Lowe For the 25th Anniversary tour the, Olivier awarding winning Best Musical, Return to the Forbidden Planet lands solidly on Leicester's Curve theatre main stage this week and takes off to huge applause. This fun sci fi show is packed with musical numbers from the 1950s and 1960s with the instruments all ...

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Return to the Forbidden Planet – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What a talented bunch the cast of Return to the Forbidden Planet are! With boundless energy, they dance, sing and play the instruments for this joyous, fast-moving production. Based loosely on the 1956 film, The Forbidden Planet, itself carrying echoes of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the show is an intoxicating mix of ...

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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Musical Supervisor and Arranger: Julian Littman Musical Director: Greg Last Reviewer: Michael Gray   Artistic Director Bob Carlton is bowing out after 17 years at the Queen's Hornchurch. And what better swan song than his Olivier award-winning musical, making its umpteenth appearance here before launching a national tour and finally splashing down in Manchester ...

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Noises Off – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Michael Frayn Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Matt Yeoman   It’s a risky business producing a comedy so well known as Michael Frayn’s Noises Off. Bob Eaton and his team at the Royal Court Liverpool have risen to the challenge and with a strong cast and creative team the production does not disappoint. The production did lack a certain sense ...

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