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NEWS: Amanda Holden to star in Maria Friedman’s ‘Stepping Out’

By Paul Couch The Theatre Royal Bath has announced today [11 March 2016] the tour and casting of Richard Harris' Stepping Out, which is to be directed by Maria Friedman. The production opens at the Theatre Royal Bath on 12 October, followed by Richmond Theatre and Cambridge Arts Theatre, with additional dates to be announced. Amanda Holden will star, alongside ...

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NEWS: West End remembers producer Michael White

By Paul Couch Venues across London’s West End dimmed their lights last night [9 March 2016] in memory of Michael White, one of the theatre industry’s most influential producers, who has died of heart failure in California at the age of 80. Before yesterday evening’s performances commenced, audience members and industry professionals alike recognised the celebrated producer while lights were ...

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INTERVIEW: Musical Director Nick Barstow

With shows such as the recent west end gala concertSeason's of LarsonandYou Won't SucceedOn BroadwayIf You Don't Have Any Jews, Musical Director, Composer and Arranger Nick Barstow chats toThe Reviews Hub's John Roberts about his time on Britain's Got Talent and his varied musical career. Can you remember your first musical experiences and what influenced you the most in following ...

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EXHIBITION PREVIEW: I Can Not Be Me Without You – Library, Covent Garden

By Maryam Philpott Often the world surrounding the creation and discussion of art can feel elitist and forbidding; it’s full of elaborate terms, impenetrable explanations of meaning and confusing symbols that seem to exclude the majority from understanding it. Sweep all of that aside, however, and what you’re left with is the work, and whether you have art history degrees ...

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NEWS: Two new appointments for Frantic Assembly

By Paul Couch Arts Council England Senior Relationship Manager Pete Staves (pictured, above) has been appointed Executive Director and joint Chief Executive of theatre company Frantic Assembly, it has been announced today [1 March 2016]. Staves will take up his post in May 2016. Before joining ACE in 2010, he was Festival Producer for LIFT, producing the 2008, 2009 and ...

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Chicago – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Book by: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music by: John Kander Lyrics by: Fred Ebb Associate Director: Tania Nardini Choreographer: Ann Reinking Reviewer: Dan English There is a scheming feeling on the cell block as Chicago comes to Dartford's Orchard Theatre as part of its UK tour. Directed by Tania Nardini, the show set in 1920s Chicago is more of ...

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The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories – Polka Theatre, London

Writer: Ted Hughes Director: Jack McNamara Reviewer: Edie Ranvier Ted Hughes’ poetry – dark, brooding, carnal, often brutal – is some of the most adult stuff in the British canon. But he was a children’s author too, most famously writing the widely loved and troubling The Iron Man. Now London’s favourite children’s theatre the Polka is staging a triplet of ...

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16 For 2016: Julian Caddy

Brighton Fringe is England's largest arts festival and, each May, sees a huge banquet of shows take over Brighton and Hove. No selection criteria are imposed on participants, enabling both new and established performers to try out new work and take risks. For 2016, over 900 events will be staged across the city in a variety of venues. Julian Caddy ...

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