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Motown the Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Director:  Charles Randolph-Wright Musical arrangement: Ethan Popp Choreographers: Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams Reviewer: Julia Beasley If a musical is actually about music, it should surely celebrate that music in all its full-blown glory. Motown the Musical is undoubtedly about some of the best soul music of the twentieth century. So it’s a bit disappointing that this show romps over-excitedly through its vast ...

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The Sleeping Beauty – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Version and Direction: Victor Smirnov-Golovanov Artistic Director: Ludmila Nerubashenko Choreographer: Marius Petipa Reviewer: Janet Jepson There is a certain magic in the air when a ballet is performed, and an evening at the ballet seems to hark back to that previous era of classic theatrical opulence and privilege. To properly partake in the experience, one feels ...

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Aladdin – Plymouth Athenaeum

Writer: John Nicholson and Le Navet Bete Director: John Nicholson Set & Costume Designer: Fi Russell Composer: Peter Coyte Choreographer: Linzy Na Nakorn Lighting Designer: Marcus Bartlett Reviewer: Helen Tope Bright, bold and wittily inventive, Le Navet Bete’s pantomime takes on the challenge of telling the story of Aladdin. We know the nuts-and-bolts of the story: the lamp, the genie, ...

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Opera North Christmas Concert – Dewsbury Town Hall

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Choirs: Chorus of Opera North              Opera North Youth Chorus              Opera North Young Voices Conductor: Garry Walker Reviewer: Ron Simpson Besides superb musical standards in a variety of forms and innovative stage productions, one of the main reasons for Opera North’s huge success – ...

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Goodnight, Mister Tom – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: David Wood Adapted from: Michelle Magorian Director: Jake Smith Designer: Ed Ullyart Lighting: Simon Bedwell Composer: David Barton Reviewer: Ron Simpson Goodnight, Mister Tom, best known for the television version with John Thaw 20 years ago, is an adaptation of a 1981 novel by Michelle Magorian. In David Wood’s dramatisation, most of the story remains, with the most noticeable ...

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Shrek – The Grand, Leeds

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Once upon a time there was an ogre called Shrek.  Shrek The Musical is based on the popular 2001 DreamWorks Animation Film Shrek and William Steig’s book of the same name.  The musical premiered ten years ago in Seattle, United States, and is now on its ...

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Dick Whittington – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director / Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Writers: Alan McHugh / Jonathan Riley Reviewer: Helen Tope It has been thirty years since this reviewer's last pantomime. During this time it’s safe to say that pantomime has undergone some changes. Starring John Partridge and Samantha Womack, this year’s pantomime boasts all the recognisable hallmarks. A lovestruck boy in search of glory; a glamorous Dame and a nefarious ...

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