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The Mikado – The Lowry, Salford

Three Men Laughing

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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The Mikado – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Three Men Laughing

Writers and composers : Gilbert and Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Marina Spark All male casts are often used to bring a fresh approach to classics and generally find success at least owing in part to the novelty of a drag act. Sasha Regan's all-male The Mikado or The Town Of Titipu exceeds these normal successes and delivers Gilbert and ...

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Improvathon 2016 – The Lost Theatre, London

Improvathon 2016

Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Edie Ranvier   Seek to describe Improvathon 2016, and numbers come easier than words. 50 hours’ continuous improvised comedy. 25 two-hour episodes across four “seasons”. Ninth annual event. More than 40 performers. An audience in their seats from 7pm on Friday to 9pm on Sunday. They do let you out if you ask nicely. This year’s ...

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Road Show – Union Theatre, London

The cast of Road Show at the Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: John Weidman Director: Phil Willmott Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Having had its UK premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2011, Stephen Sondheim’s last (to date) major show has moved no more than half a mile down the road for its revival, the first production to originate in this country. As with Assassins, a ...

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The Virtues of Things – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Composer Matt Rogers Librettist Sally O’Reilly Conductor Richard Baker Director Bijan Sheibani Designer Giles Cadle Reviewer Ron Simpson Aldeburgh Music, the Royal Opera and Opera North have a three-year plan of co-commissioning new operas – an admirable policy! The Virtues of Things is the latest commission to receive a joint production (the performance at the Howard was the last in ...

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Music &Lyrics: Richard Baker, Rob Falcolner Director: Adam Meggido Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Cornley Polytechnic returns with their classic Christmas vignette of Peter Pan, Peter Pan Goes Wrong. The joy of Mischief Theatre is the pure genius in their writing. You can see the jokes coming a mile away - and that just makes ...

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