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Strictly Ballroom The Musical – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Sam Lips and Gemma Sutton in Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Writer: Baz Luhrmann &Craig Pearce Music:  Various Director  &Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Following a successful Australian run, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical is making its UK Première at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  First produced as a stage play in 1984, it was reimagined for film in 1992, with original Director and Co-Writer Luhrmann also directing. This proved ...

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts centre and The Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Writer: Ian Fleming Music &Lyrics: Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman Director: James Brining Choreographer: Stephen Mear Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood On arrival to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, themed decorations and props hint that something big is about to happen, and they would be right. Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the theatre’s biggest ever Christmas show. Fleming’s story, ...

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Monsieur Popular – Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Eugène Marin Labiche Translator and Director: Jeremy Sams Reviewer: Claire Hayes The Ustinov’s Autumn 2015 season of French farce opens in energetic but uncertain style with Jeremy Sams’ new translation of Eugène Marin Labiche's Monsieur Popular. In 19th Century Paris, 47-year-old Celimare is preparing to marry Emma, his 18-year-old bride. Unlike Emma, however, Celimare has a history; his past ...

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Anything Goes – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Original Book: PG Wodehouse &Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay &Russel Crouse New book: Timothy Crouse &John Weidman Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: James Garrington “Times have changed.” So says Cole Porter in the title number of Anything Goes. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the appeal of this show. Eighty years after its first production, ...

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Anything Goes – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Original Book: PG Wodehouse &Guy Bolton revision Howard Lindsay &Russel Crouse New Book: Timothy Crouse &John Weidman Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Even with his status as the golden boy in a golden era of music, I'm not sure that Cole Porter could have ever imagined that his 1930s screwball musical comedy Anything Goes ...

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Anything Goes – Opera House, Manchester

Original Book: PG Wodehouse &Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay &Russel Crouse New Book: Timothy Crouse &John Weidman Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Laura Maley After an acclaimed festive run at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, director Daniel Evans’s energetic and stylish Anything Goes takes in Manchester’s Opera House on its lengthy UK tour. Summarising the plot of Anything ...

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Anything Goes – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter Book: PG Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse New Book: Timothy Crouse &John Weidman Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: John Roberts Following a Christmas season at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Daniel Evans brings plenty to enjoy in this classy yet flawed revival of Cole Porter’s melodically rich musical. As plots go Anything Goes isn’t the strongest ...

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Anything Goes – Alhambra, Bradford

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Daniel Evans Choreographer: Alistair David Reviewer: Janet Jepson The bar is serving, there’s tinkling on the ivories and a couple leisurely smooches away the evening, against a backdrop of ship’s bow and accompanying waves. This is the scene greeting the incoming audience members attending Anything Goes at Bradford’s beautiful Alhambra Theatre, putting everyone instantly ...

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