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Grease – The Playhouse,  Edinburgh

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Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs Director: David Gilmor Reviewer: Tom Ralphs For an audience wanting to hear the Grease soundtrack performed live, Grease offers all you could want. For an audience wanting a musical that stands in its own right, Grease will leave you disappointed. While it was a stage show before it was a movie, the version of ...

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Grease – The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Additional songs: Barry Gibb, John Farrer, Louis St Louis and Scott Simon Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Grease, the smash hit musical based in the heydey of rock ‘n’ roll, has been a phenomenal success since it burst on to the scene in the 1970s.  Although famous from its 1978 ...

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Grease – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Donna Kelly It’s safe to say that Grease is one of the most globally recognised and successful musicals of all time. Since its opening on Broadway in 1971, the smash-hit musical has enjoyed astounding success on Broadway and London’s West End, has toured throughout the world and ...

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HMS Pinafore – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: W S Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director:Sasha Regan Reviewer: Claire Hayes Sasha Regan’s all-male take on Gilbert &Sullivan’s Victorian classic H.M.S. Pinafore was originally staged at Southwark’s Union Theatre over two years ago, but feels just as pin-sharp in this 2016 tour as when it first set sail. Based below decks in a Second World War battleship, sailors lounge ...

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Godspell in Concert – Sage Gateshead

Writer: John-Michael Tebelak Producer (concert): Russell Scott &Mark Petitt Director: Kenneth Avery-Clark MD: Russell Scott Reviewer: Gemma Hirst Originally opening Off-Broadway in 1971, Godspell is a musical about a group of believers who follow Jesus, learning about and sharing his teachings in a series of parables. The production is directed in such a way that we as the audience allow ...

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Godspell In Concert – Hackney Empire, London

Director: Kenneth Avery-Clark Composer: Stephen Schwartz Musical Director: Russell Scott Reviewer: Scott Stait   Originally conceived and directed by John-Michael Tebelak as a series of improvised and devised pieces on the teachings and parables of St. Matthew’s Gospel, Godspell was a huge hit when it opened on Broadway in 1976 with a rock infused score by Pippin and Wicked composer ...

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Cinderella – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writers: Gerry Tebbutt and Victoria Jukes Director: Gerry Tebbutt Reviewer: Bill Avenell It must be difficult for pantomime producers on a limited budget to decide how much to spend on the stars and how much on the production. With all due respect to Bonny Langford, who incidentally makes a very good fist of Fairy Snow, a more glamorous style of ...

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HMS Pinafore – Union Theatre, London

Writer: Arthur Sullivan and W. S. Gilbert Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: TL Wiswell [rating:5] It's hard to think of Gilbert and Sullivan and not immediately cringe. In today's world, their shows are dusty relics that grate on modern sensibilities as much as the Albert memorial. G&S chokes on its own treacle - always a happy ending, inoffensive, prudish. No wonder ...

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