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Titanic the Musical – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: John Kennedy An additional irony to the already hubris-laden Titanic tragedy is that its revolutionary design made it the safest ship afloat - which it was. Albeit, immediately up to, but not subsequent to hitting a colossal iceberg at 22 knots - because then, self-evidently, it was neither safe ...

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Crazy for You – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Book: Ken Ludwig Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: James Garrington Crazy for You, as a show, has everything a traditional musical theatre enthusiast could ask for. With a rich Gershwin score full of well-known numbers, big choreographed routines, and a book full of comedy aimed at a modern audience, done well it can be a delight. ...

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Taking Flight 2018  – New Diorama, London

Writers: Lekha Desai Morrison, Michael Phong-Le, Samuel Daram Director: Ross Ericson Reviewer: Richard Maguire The Taking Flight Festival, now in its second year, is a venture led by Red Dragonfly Productions, and encourages playwrights from the British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities to write about they want. Too often writers from these communities are expected to ...

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Stitchers – Jermyn Street, London

Writer: Esther Freud Director: Gaby Dellal Reviewer: Maryam Philpott With an overcrowded prison system, notable reoffending rates and high instances of suicide, there is an ongoing debate about the appropriate response to crime -  should we punish or rehabilitate. Lady Anne Tree firmly believed in the latter and spent a lifetime visiting prisoners and, in one extraordinary story, essentially running ...

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Breaking Tradition: Quest – Kala Sangam, Bradford

Artistic Director: Damien Barber Script Writer: Stacey Sampson Lighting & Projection Designer: Will Monks Set & Costume Designer: Sarah Mills Reviewer: Rich Jevons When you talk about fusion in the theatrical world, you tend to think of perhaps combining jazz and hip-hop, or folk and theatre. But for Breaking Tradition's Quest, there is a whole potpourri of mixing and matching ...

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Il Tabarro/Gianni Schicchi – Theatre Royal, York

Music: Giacomo Puccini Text: Giuseppe Adami (Tabarro), Giovacchino Forzano (Schicchi) Director: James Conway (Tabarro), Liam Steel (Schicchi) Conductor: Michael Rosewell Designer: Neil Irish Reviewer: Ron Simpson Puccini’s Il Trittico consists of three short operas, each coming in at just short of an hour, which provide a contrasting evening in the theatre: a realistic and tragic drama, a study of religious ...

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Two Noble Kinsman- The Globe, London

Writer: John Fletcher and William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Maryam Philpott After mixed reviews for Michelle Terry’s opening salvo as Artistic Director at the Globe, her third show of the summer is an unquestionable triumph. While Shakespeare scholars continue to debate the writer’s contributions to The Two Noble Kinsman, co-authored with John Fletcher in the 1610s audiences are less ...

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The Marriage of Figaro – Theatre Royal, York

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Text: Lorenzo da Ponte, after Beaumarchais’ play Director: Blanche McIntyre Conductor: Christopher Stark Designer: Neil Irish Reviewer: Ron Simpson One of the many reasons The Marriage of Figaro is, for many of us, incomparably the greatest of comic operas is that the libretto is based on a great comic play. Thus, whilst there are plenty of ...

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