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Jersey Boys – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Des McAnuff Book: Marshall Brickman / Rick Elice Music / Lyrics: Bob Gaudio / Bob Crewe Reviewer: Helen Tope If you had to place a bet on how Jersey Boys begins, I would imagine a French rap would not figure at the top of your list. A startling opening for a jukebox musical, Jersey Boys declares its point of ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Nikolai Foster Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book / Lyrics: Don Black / Christopher Hampton Reviewer: Helen Tope Evocative and darkly glamorous, Sunset Boulevard is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most unlikely hit. A fading beauty, hanging onto former glories; infatuation that sours into obsession and deceit. Sunset Boulevard is a musical set in a minor key, and every black note is ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music / Lyrics: Marc Shaiman / Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Helen Tope Hairspray is a musical that moves to its own beat. Born rebellious, the musical derived from John Waters’ 1988 film, is a tale of inequality, difference and why we should care. In 2018, against a background of ...

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Elf – The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin Music / Lyrics: Matthew Sklar / Chad Beguelin Reviewer: Helen Tope Elf - The Musical tells the story of Buddy, a larger-than-life elf working in Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. When Buddy accidentally learns of his true identity, he goes to New York to find his biological father. Not even bothering to change ...

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Dirty Dancing – Blackpool Opera House

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Russ Spencer Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It captured the hearts of the nation back in the 80s, and it is still captivating audiences today. Dirty Dancing is a classic coming-of-age tale, which has been reimagined for the stage by the film's original and talented writer Eleanor Bergstein and resident director Russ Spencer. The beauty of this story ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roald Dahl (adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft) Music: Arthur Darvill Lyrics: Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft, Al Muriel Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Helen Tope Dead birds and boozy farmers; Fantastic Mr Fox starts off with a bang. Stuffed full of cruelty and avarice, this production bears all the hallmarks of Roald Dahl’s novel. Adapted by Sam ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Cabaret From The Shadows – The Warren

Two men, three women in bizarre clothes

Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts One of the 10  shows selected for WINDOW 2017 Brighton Fringe’s Arts Industry Showcase, Cabaret From The Shadows dives into the mind of its audience. Exploring their deepest, darkest thoughts, no matter how weird or unpleasant they might be. Created by Liverpool-based company Teatro Pomodoro, the show is a mix of physical theatre, live music, abstract performance ...

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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Broadway Lunchbox – Bar Broadway

Bald man singing into microphone

Performer: Jason Thorpe Reviewer: Bethan Highgate-Betts New Attitude Theatre Company presents Broadway Lunchbox, a different show every lunch time at Bar Broadway. One such lunchtime offering comes from Jason Thorpe, as he takes to the stage to perform a medley of his favourite Broadway hits. Clearly a talented and experienced performer, Thorpe exudes charisma between songs as he gives the audience ...

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