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INTERVIEW: Daniel Winder on his alternative royal wedding, HR Haitch

Faced with saturated media coverage of Harry and Meghan’s nuptials, the theatre could seem like a good place to escape all talk of royal weddings for an hour or two, but not so at London’s Union Theatre, where the new satirical musical HR Haitch has just opened. The show’s director, Daniel Winder, took time off to chat with The Reviews ...

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H R Haitch – The Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Maz Evans Music: Luke Bateman Director: Daniel Winder Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the run-up to this weekend’s royal wedding, there has been plenty of commentary about a fresh-start for the Windsors, as a new and very different young woman marries into our most illustrious family. There is no better time then for the Union Theatre to stage ...

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Twang!! The Musical – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Julian Woolford Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you’ve been thinking what the world really needs is a Robin Hood musical, well you’re in luck because in 1965 Lionel Bart wrote one – that’s theLionel Bart, who gave the world the musical theatre force that is Oliver! The Union Theatre has found a copy ...

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Carmen 1808 – Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Phil Willmott Director: Phil Wilmott Music: Georges Bizet Arranger: Teddy Clements Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The original opera is a relatively bleak production. Death, loneliness and danger stalk throughout the love story at its core. This vibrant reimagining manages to somehow increase the shadow of violence and yet come out as a vibrant, energetic and charismatic show. This ...

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Heartbreak House – Union Theatre, London

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Phil Willmot Reviewer: Richard Maguire Towards the end of his life, and frustrated with the slowness of social reform, Bernard Shaw called for a dictatorship to be established in Britain. A dictator, Shaw reasoned, would get things done, and rekindle the desire for Socialism. Although Heartbreak House, currently playing at the Union Theatre, was written ...

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Anyone Can Whistle – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Arthur Laurents Director:  Phil Willmott Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s a rare thing to be told before you see a show that it’s widely considered to be terrible, but in the programme for Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ Anyone Can Whistle, which has been revived at The Union Theatre, Director Phil Willmott, Sondheim himself and ...

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Rumpy Pumpy ! – Union Theatre, London

Writer/Composer/Lyricist: Barbara Jane Mackie Director: Simon Greiff Reviewer: David Guest Jam and Jerusalem is replaced by jellies and lubes as two campaigning members of the Hampshire Women’s Institute fight for the de-criminalisation of prostitution and improved conditions for working girls.is replaced by jellies and lubes as two campaigning members of the Hampshire Women’s Institute fight for the de-criminalisation of prostitution ...

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Moby Dick! – Union Theatre, London

Book, music and lyrics: Hereward Kaye and Robert Longden Director and Choreographer: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Stephen Bates If making a musical out of Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick seems an absurd idea, then making a musical out of a bunch of schoolgirls making a musical out of that novel must be more so by several multiples. Nonetheless, this is ...

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