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A Christmas Carol: The Musical – Royal Court, Liverpool

Music: Alan Menkin Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Book: Mike Ockrent & Lynn Ahrens Director: Karen: Partington Reviewer: Alisha McCracken A Christmas Carol The Musical is getting its North West premiere during its run at the Royal Court and is the first production from Wirral based BOST since the departure of long-standing, critically-acclaimed and award-winning director Elsie Kelly. Alen Menkin (The Little ...

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Funny Money – The Lowry, Salford

Writer:  Ray Cooney Director: Marti Schep Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The undoubted king of the farce has been churning out classic British comedy theatre for well over 50 years. The actor and playwright has had 17 of his plays performed and must be considered ‘a national treasure’. Salford’s Barton Theatre Company have decided to undertake one of Cooney’s later offerings: Funny ...

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Disenchanted! – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Book, Music and Lyrics: Dennis T. Giacino Director: Jez Luckins Reviewer: Selwyn Knight After being nominated for numerous off-Broadway awards, Disenchanted! has been licensed for worldwide performance and now enjoys its Birmingham première from Third from the Right Productions. …. and they all lived happily ever after. The stock ending to fairytales after the Prince finds his true love and they are ...

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Boots at the Door – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

One clean and one muddy boot in front of a door

Director: Lee Hart Writer: Jonathan Lewis Reviewer: Marina Spark Theatre Royal Plymouth has hosted some incredible and breath-taking shows over the years;however, the latest production to tread the boards of the illustrious Lyric stage is particularly special. Boots at the Door is a unique artistic creation, developed and performed by members of Plymouth’s Armed Forces Community. The show brings the ...

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Season’s Greetings – The Old Fire Station, Oxford

The cast of Seasons Greetings

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Simon Tavener Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Fairy lights. Carol services. Mince pies. Mulled wine and Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical comedy Season’s Greetingsabout a dysfunctional family Christmas. All sure signs that 25 December is just around the corner. Oxford Theatre Guild’s production of Ayckbourn’s classic play, although it features more furious rows than festive cheer, is nonetheless a ...

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The Wizard of Oz – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Writer: L. Frank Baum, adapted by Frank Gabrielson Musical Director: Heather Jackson Director / Choreographer: Dee Bennie-Marshall Reviewer: Janet Jepson We all sometimes dream of that magical land out there somewhere ‘over the rainbow’, but a visit to The Wizard of Oz at Rotherham Theatre this week brings that dream to reality. Young Dorothy’s journey begins on the farm in ...

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Grease – New Theatre, Cardiff

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: Richard Tunley Musical Director: Rob Thorne Jr. Reviewer: Beth Steer A cultural classic since 1978, musical screenplay Grease has been captivating audiences across stage and screen for decades. Featuring a pair of Elvis-era star-crossed lovers, Grease tells the story of Rydell High School’s coolest kids: the swaggering T-Birds and the ...

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