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The Addams Family: The Comedy Musical – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer:  Natasha Hegarty From the opening melody to when the riffs kick in, the audience is clicking its fingers in time with the familiar tune and The Addams Family: The Musical Comedy begins. Wednesday Addams has gone and done the most revolting thing she could ever do: she has fallen ...

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Not Dead Enough – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Shaun McKenna based on the novel by Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: David Robinson Novelist Peter James’ Roy Grace detective novels have sold over eighteen million copies and been translated into numerous languages, as well as comfortably sitting for many weeks at the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list. Not Dead Enough is the third stage adaptation of ...

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Sister Act – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty The plot of Sister Act: The Musical, is well known to those who have seen the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Club singer, Deloris van Cartier, witnesses a murder committed by her mobster boyfriend and is given witness protection ...

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Swan Lake – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Swan Lake from St Petersburg Ballet Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Marina Medvetskaya  Reviewer:  Natasha Hegarty Swan Lake is the absolute pinnacle of classical ballet - one of the most famous stories - and Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre brings it to a packed house in Northampton’s Royal and Derngate. This piece is performed in repertoire with The Nutcracker and is under the artistic direction of former prima ballerina, Marina ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Cast of UK Tour of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music and Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer:  Natasha Hegarty The Kinks is a band that defined 1960s Britain and one which is still just as influential today. Sunny Afternoon tells the story of how one of Britain’s most iconic bands rose to stardom while the country was battling a huge political and social upheaval. This ...

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Peter and the Starcatcher – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher

Writer: Rick Elice Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up – the lost boys, battles with pirates, and the children who fly with him to Neverland. What happened before the book, though? How did the boys get there, why don’t they grow up? Peter and the Starcatcher promises to ...

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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

LeeOrmsbyDeanElliott-and-MiguelAngel in Buddy

Book: Alan Janes Music and Lyrics: Buddy Holly and others Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty The tour of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story makes its stop at Northampton, bringing with it the epic sounds of ‘50s rock and roll. The show first opened in 1989 in London’s West End and hasn’t stopped since. Probably one of the most famous – maybe the ...

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Dirty Dancing – Royal and Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Dirty Dancing isn’t so much a stage adaptation of the now classic 1987 movie starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze as the two lovers from different worlds, but almost a complete transcription. Set in 1963 when America was under the watchful eye of John F. Kennedy, Frances “Baby” Houseman (Katie Hartland) is ...

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