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Twang!! The Musical – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Julian Woolford Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you’ve been thinking what the world really needs is a Robin Hood musical, well you’re in luck because in 1965 Lionel Bart wrote one – that’s theLionel Bart, who gave the world the musical theatre force that is Oliver! The Union Theatre has found a copy ...

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Phill Jupitus: Juplicity – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Frank Sinatra used to open his gigs by gazing at the audience and wondering aloud what all those people were doing in his room. One half-wonders if Phill Jupitus is taking the line literally. As the audience enters The Lowry, 20 minutes before the curtain goes up, Jupitus is already on stage with his back to them listening to records. ...

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The Cherry Orchard – The Union Theatre, London

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapted by and Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott As international political relations with Russia crumble under the weight of fake news, accusations of democratic tampering and nerve-agent poisoning, and as our tentative spring is once again interrupted by Siberia-like snows, the Union Theatre’s revival of The Cherry Orchard is a reminder of some of Russia’s more ...

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Carmen 1808 – Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Phil Willmott Director: Phil Wilmott Music: Georges Bizet Arranger: Teddy Clements Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The original opera is a relatively bleak production. Death, loneliness and danger stalk throughout the love story at its core. This vibrant reimagining manages to somehow increase the shadow of violence and yet come out as a vibrant, energetic and charismatic show. This ...

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Heartbreak House – Union Theatre, London

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Phil Willmot Reviewer: Richard Maguire Towards the end of his life, and frustrated with the slowness of social reform, Bernard Shaw called for a dictatorship to be established in Britain. A dictator, Shaw reasoned, would get things done, and rekindle the desire for Socialism. Although Heartbreak House, currently playing at the Union Theatre, was written ...

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Freddie, Ted and the Death of Joe Orton – London Theatre Workshop, London

Writer: Don Cotter Director: Ray Rackham Reviewer: Stephen Bates Mods on their Italian scooters are congregating on Brighton seafront, near to the house shared by gay couple Freddie and Ted. It is August 1966 and Radio Caroline can be heard on their portable wireless, but then Freddie switches channels to the BBC Home Service, which is broadcasting The Ruffian on ...

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Metropolis – Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London

Book and Lyrics: Joe Brooks and Dusty Hughes Director: Tim McArthur Reviewer: Deborah Parry Metropolis is one of those obscure lost musicals that, despite having had a run in the West End in the late 1980s, hasn't seen much of the light of day since – certainly not in the UK and certainly not with a professional cast. It is particularly significant, then, ...

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Confessional – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Jack Silver Reviewer: Heather Deacon There are few writers who can have their work performed 50 years later and have it still feel as fresh as a G&T on a warm day, and even those need a brave and experimental hand behind them. Jack Silver not-quite directing Confessional by Tennessee Williams is surely the best example ...

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