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Oklahoma! – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writers: Rodgers and Hammerstein Director: Jeremy Sams Reviewer: Kimberley Knudsen Some seventy-odd years on from its opening this version of Oklahoma! stays true to the original production and is probably all the better for it. From the opening number sung beautifully by Laurey, played by the delightful Amara Okereke, all the way through to a triumphant finale the audience is ...

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Amélie the Musical – The Alexandra, Birmingham

Book: Craig Lucas Music: Daniel Messé Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Amélie the Musical is a sweet and quirky story of a French girl. Brought up by a distant father and neurotic mother, she is isolated from the world and retreats into her own imagination. When her mother is killed in a freak accident, Amélie leaves ...

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Tropicalia Island – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Fernanda Mandagará Music: Joana Flor Director: Ramiro Silveira Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova An all-female cast led by Fernanda Mandagarápresents a surreal scenario where all places on Earth except for The Himalayas, The North Pole and Tropicalia Island have survived from “the mud”. A group of refugees (the audience) seek asylum on this very island and find themselves at the point ...

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The Falcon’s Malteser – The Vaults, London

Writer: Anthony Horowitz Adaptor: Feargus Woods Dunlop Director: Lee Lyford Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova Based on Anthony Horowitz’s novel, this stage adaptation by New Old Friends originally produced in 2014 takes the audience on a journey of solving perhaps the toughest detective case Timothy and Nick Simple have ever come across. But don’t let this surname lead to premature conclusions about the ...

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The Actor’s Nightmare – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Christopher Durang Director: Lydia Parker Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A life in the theatre is full of incident; the volume of actor memoirs, plays and films dedicated to the endless backstage drama can be salaciously entertaining, but it can also be frustratingly self-indulgent. Christopher Durang’s anthology of short plays and sketches, The Actor’s Nightmare is sadly the latter, reflecting the worst excesses ...

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Latitude 2019 – Saturday evening antics and Sunday morning cool-downs

Heavy rain has just cleared, the lightening is no longer posing a threat and strolling past the Obelisk Arena the smooth sound of Irish rock band Walking on Cars tempt lost wanderers to sit for a while and listen to the round tones of lead singer Patrick Sheehy. The group have an appealing guitar pop sound, which feels vaguely eighties, ...

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Scenes from a Brummie Iliad – The STUDIO, Birmingham REP

Writer: Roderick Smith, based on Homer's Iliad Directors: Madeleine Kludje and Philip Morris Reviewer: James Garrington Homer’s Iliad is a lengthy and detailed epic poem, with a huge array of characters – Greeks, Trojans and Gods. That undoubtedly creates difficulties in translating even the essence of a part of it onto the stage. Writer Roderick Smith has had a fair ...

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80 Days: A Real World Adventure – Underbelly Festival, London

Designer: Fire Hazard Games Reviewer: Richard Maguire This scavenger hunt along The Embankment and within Covent Garden will certainly leave you breathless and excited. Based on Jules Verne’s thrilling novel, 80 Days: A Real World Adventure is the new interactive game devised by Fire Hazard, a company renowned for their site-specific challenges such as Citydash, a true sprint for clues ...

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