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Brooklyn: The Musical – Greenwich Theatre, London

Book, Music, Lyrics: Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson  Director: Adam Haigh Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “Some things last longer than magic,” forget the need for fairy tale endings and fantastical helping hands because love will always see you through… at least that is the concept at the heart of the excessively sentimental Brooklyn: The Musical which makes its European debut at ...

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Elixir of Love – Kings Head Theatre, London

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Writers: Chris Harris and David Eaton Director: Hannah Noone Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Updated in many ways, the new version from Chris Harris and David Eaton sets out to prove sincerity still triumphs, even in (fairly) contemporary times. It’s quirky, interesting, and, under direction from Hannah Noone, a lot of fun. Transported from Italian fields to Wales’ Barry ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Everyone’s favourite Australian theatrical export is back and it’s bigger, bolder and brighter than ever. Produced by Jason Donovan (who starred in the West End production of the show) Priscilla Queen of the Desert is currently spreading the glitter and glamour across the country on its recently launched UK tour. ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – On a Magical Night

Writer and Director: Christophe Honoré Reviewer: Richard Maguire The English title for this psychoanalytical farce from France seems a little dull and unmemorable. The title also gives the impression that the film will be some kind of schmaltzy rom com, when, in fact, On a Magical Night is a talky, and occasionally self-indulgent, examination of middle-aged desire. It would have ...

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London Film Festival 2019 – Little Monsters

Writer and Director: Abe Forsythe Reviewer: Richard Maguire Armed with nothing more than a ukulele and Taylor Swift’s back catalogue, a group of primary school children, along with their teacher, battle flesh-hungry zombies in this raucous comedy from Australia. Little Monsters promises to be a big hit at this year’s London Film Festival. The zombie genre is definitely crowded. Season ...

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Giulio Cesare – Grand Theatre, Leeds

Composer: George Frideric Handel Libretto: Nicola Francesco Haym Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Christian Curnyn Designer: Leslie Travers Reviewer: Ron Simpson Handel’s Julius Caesar is not an early example of an opera based on Shakespeare. The full title is Giulio Cesare in Egitto and the knives out for Caesar are not in the hands of Cassius and Brutus, but of Ptolemy ...

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The Taming of The Shrew -The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director:  Justin Audibert Reviewer: Richard Hall The Taming Of The Shrew is one of three plays that the Royal Shakespeare Company has brought to The Lowry for a much anticipated two week season. Having previously played at Stratford-Upon-Avon, this production has generated a lot of interest due to its fresh portrayal of gender politics. What makes this ...

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The Thunder Girls – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Melanie Blake Adaptation: Melanie Blake & Fiona Looney Director: Joyce Branagh Reviewer: Matt Forrest There is a trend in popular music these days for bands of yesteryear to come out of the woodwork for a couple of big paydays and then disappear like thieves in the night. Of course, they make a huge wedge of cash at the end ...

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