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Shrek the Musical – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Book & Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: May Mellstrom In 2001 DreamWorks introduced a generation to Scottish ogre Shrek and in doing so spawned a franchise; including four films, a spin-off and this stage musical, which having played Broadway and the West End now embarks on a second UK tour.   With a book by ...

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Legally Blonde – Liverpool Empire

Music & Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: John Roberts  Legally Blonde is currently on week 40 of its current UK tour being produced by UK Productions. Overall this is a highly enjoyable and energetic version under the direction of Anthony Williams, which has plenty of original touches that separate it from past versions. It does, however, ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Based on the book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Daryl Holden Make no mistake, An Officer and a Gentleman is one of the corniest jukebox musicals that you’ll probably ever experience. With some questionable dialogue and see through storyline, save for a few moments here and there, it’s not by any means a story ...

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Bestbeat – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Book/Music/Director: Francis Duffy Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This is not so much a walk down Penny Lane as a saunter down the Memory Lane of Liverpool in the early 60s. Days when local pop show posters proudly trumpeted the names “John, Paul, George and … Pete”. The show is much more of a musical than a play and offers some good ...

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Othello – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Tate James The third installment of the Everyman Rep’s second season wages war on the stage in a subtle and contemporary revival of the bard’s Othello. With the leading players clad in present-day desert storm militia and their female counterparts sporting high street trends, the design aesthetic from the Everyman Team is chic ...

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Beautiful – Liverpool Empire

Book: Douglas McGrath Music/Lyrics: Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: John Roberts “These songs are about me, and who better to sing them than myself” A powerful statement that is delivered towards the middle of Act Two, when Carole King, here played with an assured and confident performance from Bronté Barbé realises that actually, ...

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A Brave Face – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer and Director: Rachael Savage Reviewer: Daryl Holden Offering a painfully truthful and poignant look into the cause and effect that Post Traumatic Stress can have on an individual, What Vamos Theatre have created with A Brave Faceis nothing short of impressive. Even more impressive then, is that they manage to do it all without saying a single word. It’s 2009 ...

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Place and Chips – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Deviser: Alice Bunker-Whitney Director: Montserrat Gili Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This entertainment could easily be entitled The Place of Chips, dealing as it does with the unholy alliance of our bodies, food and our inner-self. Alice Bunker-Whitney explores the perennial problem of whether food is sinful, how friendly we are with our bodies and how happy we are in ourselves. We ...

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