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PRESS LAUNCH: The Goons Take to the Road

In the days before television gained its grip on popular culture, British families would gather around their wireless sets and listen to programmes such as The Goon Show; it is said that even Prince Charles was an avid fan. Now, well over half a century later, a new version of that show has just been launched and is about to embark ...

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The Comedy About A Bank Robbery – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields Director: Kirsty Patrick Ward Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast-moving, farcical piece of nonsense that has the audience laughing almost from the very start. Ostensibly a send-up of the heist movie, The Comedy About A Bank Robbery includes such stalwarts of Mischief Theatre’s style as slick visual gags, ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Jo Payne First performed a mere 4 years ago, The Play That Goes Wrong has taken London, the UK and the world by storm. It is no surprise at all that this is the case as sometimes the most successful shows have the simplest concept. For this show, an ...

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Ruddigore – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Writer            W. S. Gilbert Composer     Arthur Sullivan Director        Cav. Vivian J. Coates Conductor    James Hendry Reviewer      Ron Simpson It’s always surprising that Ruddigore occupies a position of such modest popularity among Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Its faults are obvious – the disjointed narrative of Act 2, for instance, and the rather perfunctory ending – but ...

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Iolanthe – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Writer           W.S. Gilbert Composer     Arthur Sullivan Director        Cav. Vivian Coates Conductor    James Hendry Reviewer      Ron Simpson The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival is a remarkable event. Now housed in Harrogate after some 20 years in Buxton, this year it celebrated its Silver Jubilee. The festival runs to three or four performances a day for 20 days, ...

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Private Lives – Esk Valley Theatre, Glaisdale

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Mark Stratton Set/Lighting: Graham Kirk Costumes: Christine Wall Reviewer: Ron Simpson Since its foundation by actor/director Mark Stratton and producer Sheila Carter in 2005, Esk Valley Theatre has made a huge success of taking over the Robinson Institute in the village of Glaisdale for nearly a month each summer. Not only are a healthy proportion of ...

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Calendar Girls, the Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Writers:  Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Design: Robert Jones Musical Staging: Lucy Hind Director: Matt Ryan Orchestrations: Steve Parry Reviewer: Rob Atkinson To judge a musical theatre rendition of a story against its original movie production, or even against the in-between incarnation of a stage play, is to risk comparing chalk with cheese; they’re simply different animals with different types ...

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The Full Monty: The Musical – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book: Terence McNally Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s hard to believe that it’s over 20 years since the film, The Full Monty, burst onto cinema screens, telling the story of a group of Sheffield steelworkers made redundant from the only living they’d ever known. In 2000, the action was moved to Buffalo, NY for ...

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