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A Christmas Carol – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Writer: David Edgar, from the book by Charles Dickens Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: James Garrington When Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, he lived in a country full of great poverty. The Poor Laws allowed people to be sent to the Workhouse to claim relief, debtors were imprisoned – including, for a period, his own father – and even ...

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The Wind In The Willows – London Palladium

Writer: Julian Fellowes Composer: George Styles Lyricist: Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Tom Finch Based on the classic novel by Kenneth Grahame, a new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows has opened in the West End for a Summer run. Sticking faithfully to the original source material the show follows Ratty, Moley and Badger as they attempt ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Julian Fellowes Music and Lyrics: George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: David Jobson After more than a century, The Wind in the Willows still enchants children with its charming tale. It has been adapted countless times for stage, movie and TV. Now it’s traipsing the open road with songs to match in this new musical adaptation of ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Julian Fellowes Music &Lyrics: George Stiles &Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: John Roberts There is something endearing about Kenneth Grahame’s story of friendship and survival among the animals of the woodland. It’s appeal never seems to weaken as new generations are introduced to the tales of Mole, Ratty, Badger and the eponymous Mr Toad. So it was no ...

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Half A Sixpence – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writers: Julian Fellowes (based on an original story by H. G. Wells) Original Music and Lyrics: Beverley Cross and David Heneker New Music and Lyrics: George Stiles and Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Choreographer: Andrew Wright Musical Supervisor/Conductor: Graham Hurman Reviewer: Bill Avenell This much-revised version of the 1960s musical, written as a vehicle for Tommy Steele and turned into ...

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Single Spies – Lyceum, Sheffield

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Sheila Stratford A wonderful double bill, Single Spies is not about espionage. It focuses on two individuals from the famous Cambridge Five, a ring of spies recruited in the 1930s. The plays explore the lonely isolation of Guy Burgess in An Englishman Abroad and Anthony Blunt in A Question of Attribution. When Alan ...

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Single Spies – The Grand, Leeds

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Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Ron Simpson In his writing, Alan Bennett has a productive relationship with fact, from recycling his own life to re-imagining history. Single Spies consists of two one-act plays, one of them originally a television drama, which fit together neatly in terms of tone, casting and theme. However, their relationship to ...

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