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Out of Order – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney OBE Reviewer: Harriet Brace “Do you think I could go out and come back in again?” The immortal tagline of any bad day is instantly relatable, echoes with resigned frustration – and perfectly sums up Ray Cooney’s theatrical farce Out of Order. The award-winning dramedy follows the misfortunes of junior minister Richard Willey, whose roguish ...

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Out of Order – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Shaun Williamson and Andrew Hall in Out of Order

Writer & Director: Ray Cooney Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Ray Cooney is, surely, the master of British farce, writing many for the West End. And all are very British in nature, poking fun at our betters as they get into, and try to extricate themselves from, sticky situations. We can feel superior to the characters, some of whom are the authors of ...

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Love Me Tender – New Theatre, Cardiff

Book: Joe DiPietro Director/Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Set in a small backwater in America, Love Me Tender tells the story of a town "all shook up" by the arrival of a guitar playing, motorcycle riding roustabout. When our roustabout, Chad, is told at the start that the mayor has outlawed loud music and basically anything fun, one could ...

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Love Me Tender – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Shaun Williamson and Mica Paris

Book: Joe Di Pietro Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What an exuberant and uplifting night out a visit to Love Me Tender is. From the outside, this seems to be the usual jukebox musical, in this case using music and songs associated with Elvis Presley, but somehow it manages to transcend the genre. Yes, the plot, almost Shakespearian in ...

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Love Me Tender – Grand Opera House, York

Directed by: Karen Bruce Musical Supervisor &Orchestrator: Matt Spencer-Smith Reviewer: Rich Jevons It is always a pleasure to review at the Grand Opera House in York; it boasts welcoming staff, a beautiful auditorium and an enthusiastic audience appreciating the sheer spectacle of this magical musical. The show kicks off with an all-singing, all-dancing rendition of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ set in a ...

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Love Me Tender – EmpireTheatre, Liverpool

Book: Joe Dipietro Musical Director: Patrick Hurley Director/Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   If you're gong to have a high-octane blast of Elvis Presley numbers you're definitely going to be All Shook Up. And that's just what Love Me Tender does: It shakes up the accepted musical show genre. In effect it is a spoof of musicals set in ...

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Love Me Tender – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Joe DiPietro Music: Inspired by the music of Elvis Presley Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Before Joe DiPietro wrote the multi-award-winning Memphis, he made his Broadway debut with the show All Shook Up, ten years on and All Shook Up has had a shake-up of its own from director and choreographer Karen Bruce and is now touring the UK as Love ...

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Love Me Tender – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Joe DiPietro Music: Inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys This seemingly 'new' musical is actually a decade old, starting life on Broadway in 2005 as All Shook Up, it has been freshened up by director and choreographer Karen Bruce and is now touring the UK prior to a hopeful West End transfer as Love Me ...

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