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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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Out There – Union Theatre, London

Writers: Elliot Davis and James Bourne Director: Michael Burgen Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s every little boy’s dream to become an astronaut and the potential for space exploration has filtered through popular culture. For America in particular, landing on the moon in 1969 and subsequent space missions have taken on almost mythological status, spawning endless films, TV shows, and now a ...

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John and Jen – Union Theatre, London

Music and Book: Andrew Lippa Lyrics and Book: Tom Greenwald Director: Sam Donovan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sibling relationships aren’t very well covered in popular culture, and when they are they’re usually a subplot depicting brothers and sisters at war, either murdering each other for an inheritance in Poirot or having affairs with each other’s wives in EastEnders. And musical theatre, ...

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