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London Film Festival: Sometimes, Always, Never

Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce Director: Carl Hunter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce really likes to write about fathers and sons; last year his movie Goodbye Christopher Robin examined the relationship between the shell-shocked A.A. Milne and his son, woven into the magical landscape that inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. More modestly this year Cottrell Boyce’s new film Sometimes, Always, Never, premiered at ...

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London Film Festival: The Front Runner

Writers: Matt Bai, Jason Carson and Jason Reitman Director: Jason Reitman Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Personal indiscretions have the power to end political careers but that hasn’t always been the case. In the UK it was the Profumo affair of 1961 that permanently altered the relationship between the press and Parliament, while in America after Watergate in the 1970s corruption and ...

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CD REVIEW: Bat Out of Hell the Musical – Original Cast Recording

Music and Lyrics: Jim Steinman Reviewer: Ruth Jepson After topping the charts in 1977, and with over 43 million sales worldwide, the iconic Meat Loaf album Bat Out of Hellmade Jim Steinman's songs household names. Two further Bat albums went on to be produced by the pair, not to mention the dozen or so other albums they put out, together and ...

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CD REVIEW: My Fair Lady – 2018 Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg From the urgent, pulsing opening bars of its overture to its beautifully ambiguous ending, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s My Fair Lady is unequivocally one of the greatest musicals ever written (credit should also be given to George Bernard Shaw for the original play Pygmalion, much of which survives verbatim in the musical adaption). Debuting in 1956 ...

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COMPETITION CLOSED: 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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