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Calendar Girls, the Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Writers:  Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Design: Robert Jones Musical Staging: Lucy Hind Director: Matt Ryan Orchestrations: Steve Parry Reviewer: Rob Atkinson To judge a musical theatre rendition of a story against its original movie production, or even against the in-between incarnation of a stage play, is to risk comparing chalk with cheese; they’re simply different animals with different types ...

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Working Class Hero – Greenside Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Writer: Ben Standish Director: Felicity Chilver Reviewer: Tom Ralphs Working Class Hero takes its title from a John Lennon song. The song is about working class people processed into a middle class machine, hated for being clever and despised for being fools. Lennon himself was seen as a working class hero, and that’s the starting point for this play. The ...

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The Full Monty: The Musical – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book: Terence McNally Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s hard to believe that it’s over 20 years since the film, The Full Monty, burst onto cinema screens, telling the story of a group of Sheffield steelworkers made redundant from the only living they’d ever known. In 2000, the action was moved to Buffalo, NY for ...

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NYMT: The Beautiful Game  – The Other Palace, London

Book and Lyrics: Ben Elton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The second show in The National Youth Musical Theatre’s takeover of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new venue, The Other Palace, is none other than his 2000 musical The Beautiful Game, and these young actors do him proud. Their production is only on for four days, but ...

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Emilia – The Globe, London

Writer: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm Director: Nicole Charles Reviewer: Stephen Bates The grand library that stretches across the back of the Globe’s stage is unlikely to include any works by the writer Emilia Bassano Lanier, whose long life is being celebrated in an epic production on a scale commonly associated with the plays of her contemporary, William Shakespeare. Unlike him, she ...

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Dep – Zoo Southside, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Dep is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. In this new dance piece from the Van Huynh Company, choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his Southeast Asian heritage, in particular Vietnamese culture around death in which death is also a form of rebirth. It’s a show that has immense promise and which began as a 10 minute ...

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Square Go – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: David Doyle Gary McNair and Kieran Hurley’s Square Go offers an entertaining glimpse inside the lives of two schoolboys as one prepares for their first square go, that’s playground fight for those not up to date on their lingo. McNair and Hurley are a tantalising pairing and one which works a treat in offering a thoughtful exploration of masculinity ...

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Feed – Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Emma Plotkin Listen - digital marimba ringtones in endless arpeggios are overlaid with the seemingly found sounds of pedestrians, muffled as if below a bridge. ​Feed overwhelms the senses with information. A funhouse mirror reflection of privilege, social media culture and egoism, the play instructs  - scream into the void and if anyone responds, scream louder. It says, if ...

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