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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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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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The Tempest – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Jay Mailer as Ferdinand and Beth Markey as Miranda in the National Youth Theatre Co-Production of The Tempest

Writer: William Shakespeare, adapted by Rebecca Lenkiewicz Director: Caroline Steinbeis Reviewer: Fergus Morgan The Tempest is, like a few of Shakespeare’s later efforts, a difficult one to get right. It hovers uneasily between knockabout comedy, fairy-tale love story, revenge thriller and socio-political satire. And, when you chuck in the meta-theatricality – Prospero’s parting soliloquy is supposedly the Bard’s farewell to ...

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Soul – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Soul - Nathan Ives-Moiba (Marvin) and Abiona Omonua (Tammi)

Writer: Roy Williams Director: James Dacre Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Soul, the new play from Bafta award-winning playwright Roy Williams, is subtitled “the untold story of Marvin Gaye” – largely eschewing his music in pursuit of a fierce and tragic family drama. Now, it is up for contention to what extent the peculiar circumstances surrounding Gaye’s death remain ‘untold’ however ...

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Chicago – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Nicole Evans Starting life as a play written by a mature student's experiences as a big-shot lawyer, Kander and Ebb's Chicago has been marking its criminal territory on stages worldwide for over 40 years and shows no sign of locking itself away. Portraying the ...

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King Lear – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Michael Pennington as Lear and Beth Cooke as Cordelia

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Claire Going   It is true to say that the ultimate success or failure of any performance of King Lear hangs precariously on the ability of one man: the one chosen to play the titular role. In this new production of Lear, we are not disappointed with recent Olivier award nominee, Michael Pennington, ...

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Giselle – The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

A scene from Giselle from Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet

Writer: Adolphe Adam Director: Marina Medvetskaya Conductor: Vadim Perevoznikov Reviewer: Nicole Evans   Often billed as one of the few remaining Romantic ballets to survive intact, Giselle tells the somewhat tragic story of a German peasant girl who falls in love with a duke who has chosen to disguise not only his wealthbut also the fact he is betrothed to ...

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The 39 Steps – The Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Director: Maria Aitken Writer: Patrick Barlow, adapted from the book by John Buchan Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty   Following the massively successful West End run, The 39 Steps is now embarking on a UK tour. The story tells the tale of Richard Hannay and his pencil moustache, who tells the audience he’s rather bored with life and fancies a bit of ...

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