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Avenue Q – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Book: Jeff Whitty Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer: Dave Smith Avenue Q, which first saw the light of day in 2003, has became notorious as the show with Sesame Street style puppets who swear a lot, have sex and sing songs like Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist and The Internet Is for Porn. Like Sesame ...

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Not Even the Good Things – Theatre Row, New York City

Writer: Joseph Scott Ford Director: Kelsey Claire Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers The opening scene of Not Even the Good Things feels like contemporary realism. A couple arrives at a vacation rental in the Catskills, flirting and dodging important conversations as one person becomes belligerently drunk and the other tries to corral her. Oh, but wait, there’s also a dirty young girl ...

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Calendar Girls – Bristol Hippodrome

Writers: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Designer: Robert Jones Reviewer: Julia Beasley Getting naked for charity was a cheeky move by 11 female friends in North Yorkshire over 20 years ago. Modestly poised with sunflowers, teapots and currant buns,  their Women’s Institute nude calendar started life as a local controversy. It was all quietly subversive and heaps ...

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Kinky Boots – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music and Lyrics: Cindi Lauper Book: Harvey Fierstein Director and choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Kelyn Luther The original film, Kinky Boots, was written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, the latter of which wrote Calendar Girls (the musical adaptation is running at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 22nd July 2019). Charlie Price (Joel Harper-Jackson) inherits a shoe factory from his father, but ...

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Educating Rita – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Max Roberts Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Frank is a bitter failed poet and university lecturer. His life is spiralling downwards as his drinking threatens to get out of control. Indeed, in order to finance his drinking, he says, he signs up as a tutor with the Open University and is allocated Susan – or Rita as she ...

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Boris the Musical 2: Brexit Harder – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Laurence Peacock Director: Kyle Williams Reviewer: James Garrington The Blowfish Theatre production of Boris the Musical came about as a result of that now infamous referendum in 2016 – a satirical musical about Boris Johnson and Brexit. Three years on, and we’re still arguing about whether or not we should leave the EU – so out comes the sequel, Boris ...

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Stepping Out – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Richard Harris Director: Paul Robinson Designer: Helen Coyston Music/Sound: Simon Slater Choreographer: Erin Carter Reviewer: Ron Simpson 35 years on from its first performance and with productions popping up all over the world on a weekly basis, Stepping Out has, Paul Robinson believes, never been staged in the round before. That engenders an immediacy of communication with the audience ...

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