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Thriller Live – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director / Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Musical Supervisor / Arranger: John Maher Reviewer: Helen Tope Now in its 9th year, Thriller Live wears its heart on its sequinned sleeve. Sketching the outline of Michael Jackson’s career in music and dance, this musical hasn’t lost its ability to capture an audience’s attention. Bold, brash and unapologetically so, it charts the Motown-inspired roots of The Jackson Five, through ...

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Love from a Stranger – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Agatha Christie Adaptor: Frank Vosper Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Matt Forrest Without a doubt, Agatha Christie is one of the most prolific writers of not just her own, but any generation, turning out over 60 books. She was also a successful playwright, having penned the theatrical behemoth that isThe Mousetrap.  However, her flirtation with the stage didn’t stop there, ...

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Strangers on a Train – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

two men talking at a bar

Writer: Craig Warner based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith Director: Anthony Banks Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Patricia Highsmith’s crime novels stand out because, unlike many of the genre, her murderers are less pursued by the police than by their own psyches. Nowhere is this set out more plainly than in the opening scene of this adaptation of her first novel, Strangers ...

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Thriller Live – Palace Theatre, Manchester

The cast of Thriller Live

Creator/Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Donna Kelly Seen by over four million people in over 30 countries, it’s fair to say that Thriller Live is a crowd-pleaser. Now in its record-breaking ninth year in London’s West End, the musical extravaganza continues to draw big crowds and - much like Michael Jackson’s legacy - is showing no signs of slowing down. Celebrating ...

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A Judgement in Stone- The Opera House, Manchester 

Writer: Ruth Rendell adapted by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After a decade producing stage versions of thrillers by the Queen of Crime The Agatha Christie Theatre Company has had a revamp to become The Classic Thriller Company. One cannot quibble with the choice of the late Ruth Rendell as a ‘classic’ thriller writer. She was an ...

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The 39 Steps – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

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

Writer: John Buchan Adapter: Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble &Nobby Dimon Director: Maria Aitken Designer: Peter McKintosh Reviewer: Rich Jevons The main novelty of The 39 Steps, is that all roles in this farcical thriller are played by just four performers. Winning an Olivier Award for Best Comedy and after nine years in the West End, ...

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Thriller Live – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

The cast of Thriller Live

Music: The Jackson Five and Michael Jackson Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Queen have a musical about the state of music in the future, Abba have a musical about mother and daughter love, so what does Michael Jackson have a musical about? Himself of course. What story could ever hold a candle to the songs of Michael ...

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Thriller Live – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

The cast of Thriller Live

  Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Dominic Corr Michael Jackson was a tremendous talent, regardless of the controversy which would follow him in later life. Even those who would not describe themselves as Jackson fans can still appreciate the immense presence and acknowledge the cultural figure that he was. So can a jukebox musical really do the performer justice? Thriller ...

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