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Educating Rita – The Dukes, Lancaster

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Sarah Punshon Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin This well-loved, well-known dramatic comedy takes place entirely within the offices of an English Literature professor, Frank, at an unnamed university as he meets with his first Open University student, Rita,  a Scouse working-class hairdresser seeking to know ‘everything’. Willy Russell’s play is known by many from the 1983 film starring ...

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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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Mamma Mia! – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson Writer: Catherine Johnson Director:  Phyllida Llloyd Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Mamma Mia! has been going strong in the West End since 1999 and has toured extensively worldwide. There has also been a film production (2008) starring Meryl Steep, Pierce Brosman, Colin Firth and Julie Walters.  The story has been shared to many fans ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Richard Bean Music: Grant Olding Original Director: Nicholas Hytner Tour Director and Choreographer: Adam Penford Reviewer: Janet Jepson Seeing One Man, Two Guvnors without knowing anything about the show is probably the best way to approach it, because the element of surprise is inconceivable. The four piece skiffle band The Craze, playing pleasantly as the audience takes their seats, ...

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Educating Rita – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Jonathan Grant [rating:5] Educating Rita, produced by the Chocolate Factory and Theatre Royal Bath, is a delightful re-working of Willy Russell’s clever study of character and emotion, liberally sprinkled with humour and delicious irony. Claire Sweeney plays the title rôle of the married hairdresser who at 31 and already familiar with the poetry ...

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