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COMPETITION: Win tickets to OVO at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena

The undeniably brilliant Cirque du Soleil present OVO in their current UK tour following a critically acclaimed and record breaking winter season in the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London. OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and ...

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Owen Roberts: I let a Six-Year-Old Write My Shows –  The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It is said that you shouldn’t work with children or animals and whilst comedian Owen Roberts may not have roped in any pets for his debut Edinburgh Fringe solo show, he has taken the rather brave decision to turn the writing of this show over to a child, with some uniquely entertaining results indeed. Following a severe ...

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The Clementine Show – Live at Zedel, London

Writer and Director: Mark Mander Reviewer: Maryam Philpott With so many cabaret shows on offer you think you’ve seen it all, and most of them are just a variation on a theme, a selection of show tunes and popular numbers arranged around a particular story possibly with some comedy sketches in between. But into a crowded marketplace comes a brand-new ...

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20thCentury Boy: the Musical – Opera House, Manchester

Music/Lyrics: Marc Bolan Book/Director: John Maher Reviewer: Jo Beggs There must be some mileage in juke-box musicals with so many doing the rounds, but 20thCentury Boy suggests that Producers are getting just a bit lazy with the format. Yes, there’s an audience out there for anything with Marc Bolan’s pretty face on it, but there’s also a handful of good tribute ...

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CD REVIEW: Working, A Musical – Original London Cast Recording

Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor Reviewer: Mark Clegg Based on Stud Terkel’s 1974 book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, Working: A Musical was the brainchild of Stephen Schwartz way back in 1975. The book and ...

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Miss Saigon – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Richard Maltby Jr. Book: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Iris Beaumont The heat is certainly on in Manchester as Claude-Michel Schönberg  and Alain Boublil’s Madame Butterfly inspired musical lands in the city as part of its Uk Tour. Schönberg and Boublil’s emotional musical is set during the Vietnam war and ...

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CD REVIEW: Calendar Girls The Musical – 2017 Original London Cast

Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Fresh from its run at The Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End, Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s newly christened Calendar Girls The Musical (formerly The Girls) delivers its cast recording ahead of a UK-wide tour. The sickly-sweet tale of Yorkshire women baring all to raise funds for Annie’s leukaemia-stricken husband is familiar to most from the 2003 ...

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CD REVIEW: Once On This Island – New Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Debuting in 1990, Once On This Island is best described as a cross between The Little Mermaid (Hans Anderson’s original tragedy, not Disney’s softened version) and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set on a Caribbean island. It is based on Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel My Love, Mt Love or, The Peasant Girl. The story is overseen by the ...

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