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Our House – Festival Theatre, Malvern

A woman stands holding a hand aloft surrounded by others

Book: Tim Firth Music & Lyrics: Madness Director: James Tobias Reviewer:  David Robinson The welcome at the house of fun is a warm and an extremely enthusiastic one, with the toe-tapping sounds of Madness favourites ringing loudly around the auditorium and no doubt being whistled long after the show. The melodious joy is infectious and the predominantly young cast throw themselves ...

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The Girls – Phoenix Theatre, London

Writers: Tim Firth &Gary Barlow Director: Tim Firth Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s been a film, a play and now with Gary Barlow adding a little razzle-dazzle, the true story of a group of women in the Yorkshire hills stripping off to pose in a nude charity calendar, has arrived in the West End as a musical. While the film, written ...

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Our House – The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Tim Firth Composers: Madness Director: Ros Philips Musical Director: Andrew Linham Choreographer: Nancy Kettle “The London Musical” is a great choice for The Queen's 2016 Community Show. It's lively, it's a crowd-pleaser, and, like most of the company, and the audience, and indeed Madness themselves, it has its roots just down the road in NW1. The Community Musical has ...

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Our House – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Pink car full of young people

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Our House by Tim Firth is a book based around the songs of the band Madness; who were formed in 1976. The story and songs eventually become the musical, however it is more of a ‘what if’ idea than a narrative. Decisions sometimes have to be taken in a split second ...

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Neville’s Island – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer Tim Firth Director Henry Bell Designer Lucy Weller Reviewer Ron Simpson Last year’s starry West End revival of Neville’s Island was, in general, not at all well received. Henry Bell’s production for the Stephen Joseph Theatre (where it all began in 1992) proves that it works far better not as a vehicle for known comedians, but as an ensemble ...

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NEWS: Gary Barlow announces The Girls will open in Leeds and Salford

A Village Hall isn’t the usual place to launch a major new musical, but today Gary Barlow and Tim Firth visited Burnsall Village Hall to announce that their new musical The Girls will premiere at The Grand Theatre Leeds in November and then play The Lowry Theatre in January 2016 Burnsall in Yorkshire is where the original story began and ...

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Sign Of The Times – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Karen Simpson Reviewer: Glen Pearce   In an age where there’s much talk about cross-generational unemployment, Tim Firth’s black comedy Sign of The Times, seems a timely revival to kick off the 50th anniversary year of the reopening of the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. On a rooftop ledge on the edge of an industrial estate, ...

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This Is My Family – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Tim Firth Director: Daniel Evans Musical Director: Caroline Humphris Reviewer: Glen Pearce   You can’t choose your family the saying goes but, for Tim Firth, the family makes the perfect subject for a musical. In doing so he turns the everyday into what may just be one of the finest new British musicals for many a year. The plot ...

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