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The Fall of the House of Usher – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: David Pountney Usher House Music &Text: Gordon Getty La Chute de la Maison Usher Music &Text: Claude Debussy Reviewer: Lauren Anders It isn’t often that a company can create a tension so high that the audience is sat on the edges of their seats before the curtain has even gone up, but this is exactly the reaction that Welsh ...

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The Elvis Years 1954 to 1977 – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Musical Director: David MacKay Reviewer: Janet Jepson “Elvis has entered the building” – maybe not quite possible, but pretty close. Mario Kombou has been performing his tribute to Elvis for over 20 years, and he bears an uncanny similarity to the King of Rock n’ Roll, down to the trademark quiff in the blackest hair and of course the slightly ...

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The Mikado – Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

Composer: Arthur Sullivan Writer: WS Gilbert Director: Simon Butteriss Reviewer: David Noble Gilbert &Sullivan operettas really do have nostalgia value, something quintessentially English, something gloriously Victorian about them. This is what makes G&S endure: a refined sense of silliness that captivates comedians and linguaphiles, (where would Larry David and Aaron Sorkin be without them?), complemented by wonderfully whimsical music; melodies ...

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Killing Roger – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Lawrence Illsley and Shelley Knowles-Dixon Music: Lawrence Illsley Director: Shelley Knowles-Dixon Reviewer: Laura Maley Taking part in a community project, college student Billy strikes up an initially spikey relationship with Roger, an old man he visits. Prickly at first, Roger comes to rely on Billy’s visits – and so does Billy. As he narrates Killing Roger, Billy looks back ...

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CD REVIEW: Heathers the Musical – Original Cast Recording

Music/Lyrics: Kevin Murphy andLaurence O'Keefe Producers: Michael Croiter,Kevin Murphy,Laurence O'Keefe Reviewer: Craig Hepworth Watching this year’s Tony awards it was strange to see the lack of imagination when it came to original new scores, with only a handful of successful ones (including the superb score for Bridges of Madison County) it made me wonder where all the excellent new writing ...

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CD REVIEW: Hedwig and the Angry Inch – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Book: John Cameron Mitchell Music &Lyrics: Steven Trask Reviewer: Mark Clegg Although Hugh Jackman did a pretty terrific job at hosting the 2014 Tony Awards, the ceremony did lack a certain sparkle that has been evident in recent years. That sparkle is named Neil Patrick Harris and Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the reason he did not provide his ...

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Betty Blue Eyes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Writer: Alan Bennett Music: George Stiles Lyrics: Anthony Drewe Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Sue Collier Betty Blue Eyes is a musical comedy based on the marvellous 1984 film‘A Private Function’ which starred Maggie Smith and Michael Palin. While this is quite a cast to live up to, this challenge was more than met during a lively performance in Leeds where ...

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Can’t Forget About You– Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Director: Conleth Hill Writer: David Ireland Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey There is a scene in David Ireland’s play in which Martha, a 49 year old Glaswegian widow, expresses surprise that the people of Belfast are “so normal” in light of the trauma of the Troubles. In bed next to her the 25 year old Stevie, who sparked Martha’s observations by mentioning ...

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