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A Christmas Carol, The Musical – Tabard Theatre, London

Writers: Mike Ockrent &Lynn Ahrens Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Director: Lee Greenaway Reviewer: Alice McGuigan [rating:3.5] “Isn’t it nice that once again it’s Christmas Eve?” chime the joyous ensemble in the opening track A Jolly Good Time. This sentiment could not lie further from the man who hates Christmas. Selfish and bitter, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ...

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An Audience With Johnny Vegas – The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Michael Pennington Featuring: John Henshaw Reviewer: Laura Orton [rating:0.5] With the show entitled ‘An Audience With Johnny Vegas’, the audience should be forgiven for believing that they are actually be going to see Johnny Vegas. However, this is not the case. As one drunken heckler so directly repeated, “I JUST DON’T KNOW [WHAT YOU’RE ON ABOUT]?!?!” over and over ...

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The Players Lab @ Shuffle Festival – St. Clement’s Hospital, London

Writers: Kate Gilbert, Tony Hickson, Sally Lewis and Thomas Massey Directors: Chris Hosking, Tor Kristofferson, Sarah Myott-Meadows and Stephen Myott-Meadows Reviewer: Mary Halton [rating:3.5] As site specific venues go, one cannot ask for better than St. Clement’s – an abandoned psychiatric hospital and former Victorian workhouse on the Mile End Road. The three acre estate is dominated by a derelict ...

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The Ballad of Rudy – Chelsea Theatre, London

Writer: Matt Borgatti Director: Andrew Barry Music: Will Dollard, Mary Erskine and David Lydon with additional material from Dan Bottomley, Claude Deppa and Wendy Paver Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:4] A reindeer not interested in pulling a sleigh, a jazz penguin too cool for the South Pole and a polar bear feeling blue because of global warming, this is a Christmas ...

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Singular Sensations: John Wilson – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:4.5] Did you know that John Wilson has his piano in his kitchen? Or that his mum is his most valued critic? These were some of the tit bits of information that this afternoon’s audience were treated to as they sat and wondered at the modest but amazingly talented man seated on the stage before them. John ...

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Mostly Autumn: The Ghost Moon Orchestra -Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Rosie Revell There is something unique but highly impenetrable about the band Mostly Autumn which leaves mixed feelings after viewing a show for the first time. Formed in York back in 1996, the band, despite numerous line- up changes, have carved themselves a niche by dedicating themselves to progressive rock whose heyday was back in the 1970’s. They have ...

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Bauble Trouble – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Guy Hollands Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald In this energetic and heartwarming musical farce, Bauble Trouble delivers a truckload of festive cheer in an innovative and engaging way that keeps both adults and children thoroughly entertained. Entering the living room of an ongoing farce, Dad (Keith MacPherson) hangs Christmas cards as the narrative unfolds; it’s Christmas Eve and there’s much to ...

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