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The Entertainer – The Garrick Theatre, London

Writer: John Osborne Director: Rob Ashford Reviewer: Stephen Bates In his distinguished career, Kenneth Branagh has not strayed for too long from paths trodden by Laurence Olivier before him, perhaps making it inevitable that he would get round one dayto Olivier's most famous contemporary theatre role, Archie Rice in John Osborne'sThe Entertainer. The play first appeared at London's Royal Court ...

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Romeo & Juliet – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer:William Shakespeare Directors: Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford Reviewer: Niall Harman Harlequinade, a previous production in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s ‘Plays at the Garrick’ season saw two over-the-hill actors attempt to play Romeo and Juliet, with bizarre wigs and hilarious consequences. Once again, the actors in this revival are too old for the parts, something that befalls almost every ...

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Harlequinade/All On Her Own – Garrick Theatre, London

  Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Kenneth Branagh Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   It’s been eight years since Kenneth Branagh was last in the West End so the decision to form a theatre company and take up a prolonged residency at the Garrick has caused a great deal of excitement. Having been away too long, Branagh is clearly intending to make up ...

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The Winter’s Tale – Garrick Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air and thoughts are already turning to Christmas. In theatre terms this can only mean one thing, it’s time to shuffle our Shakespeare plays by packing away the flighty summer plots of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much ...

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A Damsel in Distress – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Authors: P.G. Wodehouse and Ian Hay Writers: Jeremy Sams and Robert Hudson Music and Lyrics: George and Ira Gershwin Director/Choreographer: Rob Ashford Reviewer: Bill Avenell The word verve springs to mind to encapsulate this new stage musical based on P.G.Wodehouse’s novel. It is a really lively evening’s entertainment which combines a top drawer cast showing off Chichester’s technical facility, the ...

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Shrek The Musical – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Original Director: Jason Moore and Rob Ashford Tour Director: Nigel Harman Musical Director: Dave Rose Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Touring stage musicals are a strange beast. Sometimes some of the magic and spectacle is lost in the scaling down to allow for tour logistics. Shrek The Musical, however, is fittingly a genre-defying ...

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Shrek the Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Director: Nigel Harman Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Reviewer: Naomi Stevens Set in the kingdom of Duloc, Shrek the Musical is the fairytale about fairytales. Of course, it isn't your average story, but the key points are all there - brave knights setting out to rescue the beautiful princess, a bit of magic and a foe to create problems ...

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NEWS: Shrek UK Tour cast announced.

The producers of the first ever tour of the UK and Ireland of SHREK THE MUSICAL® are delighted to announced its brand new company. Coming direct from London, where it was seen live on stage by nearly a million people, the UK and Ireland tour of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane production of SHREK THE MUSICAL® will star Dean Chisnall ...

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