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Spamalot – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez & Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Lizz Clark The legend of King Arthur is a cultural cornerstone, endlessly available to be reinterpreted and – naturally – spoofed. The Monty Python crew recognised this when they made 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and thanks to Eric Idle and John Du Prez, ...

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Spamalot – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Spamalot

Book: Eric Idle Music: John du Prez and Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer:  Tom Ralph Spamalot is a clever musical. The programme and posters proclaim that it is ‘lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and The Holy Grail’ but that is only telling half the story. Eric Idle’s book and lyrics satirise musical theatre traditions, creating a ...

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Avenue Q – Exeter Northcott

Sarah Harlington (Kate) and Richard Lowe (Princeton) in Avenue Q 2016 UK Tour

Book: Jeff Whitty Music/Lyrics:Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer:Charlotte Robson What do you do with a BA in English? If you're the Sell a Door Theatre Company, sing about it! And about love, purpose, repression, dreams, discrimination and the intimate doings of puppets. Avenue Q is, above and before all else, hilarious. Living on the eponymous cramped ...

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Avenue Q – Milton Keynes Theatre

Sarah Harlington (Kate) and Richard Lowe (Princeton) in Avenue Q 2016 UK Tour

Book: Jeff Whitty Music/Lyrics:Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer:Maggie Constable After five very successful years in London’s theatreland, Avenue Q has once again ‘hit the road, Jack’, arriving in Milton Keynes today. This part human and part puppet musical romp has won none other than the Tony Awards ‘Triple Crown’ among many other accolades and has become ...

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Avenue Q – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Sarah Harlington (Kate) and Richard Lowe (Princeton) in Avenue Q 2016 UK Tour

Book: Jeff Whitty Music/Lyrics:Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carre Reviewer: Matt Forrest When you see that the late Gary Coleman is among the list of characters for Avenue Q: the only certainty is, you can expect the unexpected. With an advertising poster clearly resembling a kid’s TV show, this certainly isn’t a show for kids; however it certainly ...

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Avenue Q – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Sarah Harlington (Kate) and Richard Lowe (Princeton) in Avenue Q 2016 UK Tour

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book: Jeff Whitty Director and Choreographer: Cressida Carré Reviewer: Steve Davies   With the obvious comparisons to popular puppet-based TV shows from our youth, Avenue Q has friendly monsters, life lessons, morality issues, songs, comedy and animation. The big difference on the stage is that all of these carry adult themes. Indeed ...

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Avenue Q – Liverpool Empire

Sarah Harlington (Kate) and Richard Lowe (Princeton) in Avenue Q 2016 UK Tour

Music &Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book: Jeff Whitty Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer: John Roberts   After its closure in the West End and first UK Tour, young producers David Hutchinson and Philip Rowntree of Sell A Door Theatre Company managed to secure the UK rights to Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s Muppet musical satire Avenue Q. The show ...

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Avenue Q – Bristol Hippodrome

Avenue Q cast 2016 tour

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book: Jeff Whitty Director &Choreographer: Cressida Carré Reviewer: Kris Hallett   Avenue Q became something of a cult hit on both sides of the Atlantic first in New York in 2003 and the West End in 2006. It’s not hard to see why; a filthy and rude puppet show, sharp and witty ...

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