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The Milkman Cometh – The Vault Festival, London

Writers: Alice Bounce, Maxwell Tyler and Owen Jenkins Director:  Katherine Timms Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Definitely the strangest show to appear in The Vault Festival’s opening week, The Milkman Cometh is the bastard child of The Wicker Man and Barbarella. Loud, crude and funny, it’s perfect late-night festival fodder. The front-of-house staff are not handing out ear-plugs for nothing! In the near ...

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Graham Fellows: Completely Out of Character – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Graham Fellows introduces his latest show that as he puts it is made up of a few songs and several “boring stories”. This rather self-deprecating introduction by Fellows could not be any further from the truth. For this is a man who has had a career most people could only dream of; stage actor, pop star, musician, ...

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SKIN – A.R.T. / New York Theatres

Writer: the Company Director: Becky Baumwoll Original Music:  Eleni Arapolglou, Wes Braver, Paul Castles & Jack McGuire Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers When faced with the concept of trudging to a theatre on 10th Avenue and 53rd St on one of the coldest days of the year, one hopes the show inside the walls of A.R.T. / New York Theatres is worth ...

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Dad’s Army Radio Show- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles after Jimmy Perry and David Croft Director: Owen Lewis Reviewer: Dave Cunningham When Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles adapted Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s TV show Dad’s Army for BBC radio they shifted the emphasis from visual to verbal and descriptive humour. Their version of the classic scripts is, therefore, perfect for a theatrical presentation ...

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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Lizz Clark The umbrella of “musicals” encompasses many styles, from the tongue-twisting harmonies of light opera, through the syrupy Rogers and Hammerstein, right up to present-day attractions like Wicked, Hamilton or - playing in the Lowry’s Lyric Theatre this week - Gary Barlow’s The Band. Since 2008, the cast of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical have been playing around under that umbrella, ...

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Abigail’s Party – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Mike Leigh Director: Sarah Esdaile Reviewer: Simon Topping A new touring production of Mike Leigh's classic comedy of manners, Abigail's Party, opens in Brighton to a warm reception from a welcoming audience, whose demographic is predominantly fifty plus. From the off laughter fills the auditorium, as we take a trip down memory lane. The stunning period set (wonderfully designed ...

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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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