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The Addams Family – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Choreographer: Alistair David Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Originally created by cartoonist Charles Addams, the Addams Family are a satirical and ghoulish group of characters that make up a happily dysfunctional family. They are perfectly content with their passion for all things dark and macabre. The original Broadway ...

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Douglas McGrath Music / Lyrics: Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Helen Tope Tapestry is no ordinary record. A chronicle of heartbreak and hope, even forty years after its release in 1971, it continues to speak to men and women about the nature of love. Carole King’s remarkable album is just part of ...

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Oh What a Lovely War – Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

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Book & Music: Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles,  and members of the original cast Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Jo Beggs When Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop conceived what was to become their most lasting piece of theatre, the Second World War was still a vivid memory for most of the cast. Littlewood herself had lived through two, having ...

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Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein – Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Book: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan Music & Lyrics: Mel Brooks Direction & Choreography: Susan Stroman Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s been ten years since Mel Brooks debuted his sophomore musical Young Frankenstein on Broadway. Greeted with mixed reviews and living in the shadow of its predecessor The Producers, the musical lasted just over a year before touring the US and ...

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Royal Vauxhall  – The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London

Writer: Desmond O’Connor Reviewer: Richard Maguire You couldn’t make it up. The idea that Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett once disguised Princess Diana and took her to a gay bar one night in the late 80s seems preposterous, but truth has always proved stranger than fiction. And what better venue to stage this story than in the actual place where ...

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Pippin – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book: Roger O. Hinson Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Tate James The Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester has had plenty of magic to do since it first opened its doors less than two years ago, and its latest in-house production is just as ambitious, and they mount the 1970s musical Pippin, by Stephen Schwartz. Pippin is ...

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The Mikado – The Lowry, Salford

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Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W S Gilbert Director: Sasha Regan   Reviewer: Jo Beggs From the moment the piano strikes up for the brief overture and the curtain opens to reveal three white canvas tents, it’s clear that this is not your traditional Mikado. Creating a whole new setting for this popular, but rather dated Gilbert and Sullivan operetta not ...

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Sister Act the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Tate James Beneath the arches of Matthew Wright’s simplistic gothic church set, Alexandra Burke leads a company of actor-musicians in Craig Revel Horwood’s touring production of Sister Act The Musical. It's an iconic movie brought to the stage with an original score by Alan ...

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