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Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Charlotte Jones Director: Robert Wolstenholme Reviewer: Richard Maguire Written in 1998, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis makes its London debut in the Park Theatre, but a lot has happened since 1998, and now Charlotte Jones’s Bolton comedy seems a little worse for wear. Jokes about OCD, sex work and men dressing up in women’s clothes make for uncomfortable ...

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Sh!t Actually – Camden People’s Theatre, London

Writers and Performers: Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole Reviewer: Richard Maguire If you’re looking for some alternative Christmas cheer then Sh!t Theatre’s new play , an irreverent examination of the rather dodgy sexual politics in the film Love Actually, is the show for you. With trademark songs and silly outfits Sh!t Theatre are a double act at the top of ...

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We Will Rock You – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Ben Elton Music and lyrics: Queen Director: Cornelius Baltus Choreographer: Lajos Turi Peter Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Riding on the wave of last year’s smash film Bohemian Rhapsody and the ever-popular jukebox musical format, this show proves that people will lap up any Queen mania whatever the songs’ mediocre setting. The show is set ‘some time’ in the future. Corporation ...

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The Horne Section – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writers: The Horne Section Reviewer: Simon Topping The Horne Section bring their mirthful mix of comedy, cabaret and music to the Theatre Royal, in a chaotic and charming show, worthy of the celebration and cheer it receives from a receptive Brighton audience. Alex Horne is best known as the creator and co-host of Dave’s hit comedy show, Taskmaster, where comedian ...

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Curtains – The Alexandra, Birmingham

Book: Rupert Holmes Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s 1959 Boston and the opening night of the musical Robbin’ Hood! – the English folk tale transplanted to the American West – prior to a mooted Broadway transfer. And it’s a disaster – principally because the female lead, diva Jessica Cranshaw, puts in a ...

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Dr. Ride’s American Beach House – Ars Nova, New York City

Writer: Liza Birkenmeier Director: Katie Brook Reviewer: Alithea Howes Dr. Ride’s American Beach House is a rare jewel of a play, one that this reviewer is very glad that Ars Nova managed to find. In lesser hands, this play could seem boring or pointless because so much of its pathos, tension, and story arc lie in the things that the ...

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Murder Ballads – Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester

Writer: Gerry Smyth Director: Ellie Hurt Adapted from the Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Reviewer: Matt Forrest According to one internet source the body count on the 1996 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Murder Ballads is 76. A high body count for even the bloodiest of horror films, let alone a near hour long ...

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The Football Ramble Daily Live – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest The world of the podcast is big business these days. It seems everyone is creating a podcast these days and we have a podcast for absolutely everything. The Football Ramble Daily team have been in the game for 12 years now and their success shows no sign of waning. Books, radio and television appearances and a worldwide ...

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