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Matilda the Musical – Bradford Alhambra

Based on the book by Roald Dahl Book: Dennis Kelly Music and lyrics: Tim Minchin Resident Director: Phil Bartlett Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent Matilda the Musical has been dominating the West End since 2010 and has gone on to charm the globe. The show made history in 2012 when all four Matildas won the coveted Olivier award for Best Actress in ...

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Billionaire Boy – The Musical – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Jon Brittain from the book by David Walliams Music: Miranda Cooper and Nick Coler Lyrics: Jon Brittain and Miranda Cooper Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Billionaire Boy – The Musical hits the Belgrade this week as part of a short national tour – and it’s a jolly, light-hearted romp with a serious message at its heart. Joe Spud is an ordinary boy, ...

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Terrible Tudors – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Benedict Martin Writer: Book by Terry Deary / Adapted by John-Paul Cherrington Reviewer: Helen Tope Disgusting, barbarous and just plain gross, Terrible Tudors is a production that gives us the best of the worst. Reveling in the period covering Henry VII to his grand-daughter, Elizabeth I, Terrible Tudors explores a time in history we think we know. Books, films, television programmes – the ...

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Kite – Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

Creators and Directors: Rachael Canning and Hannah Mulder Reviewer: Nicole Craft After the death of her mother, a young girl (Amy Blair), whose name we will never discover, finds herself going to live with her Grandma (Rosy Fordham). Not even remotely ready to grieve, let alone to get used to the sights and sounds of living in an old fashioned home ...

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The Cat in the Hat – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Katie Mitchell Director: Suba Das Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The Cat in the Hat is Dr Seuss’s tonic for keeping kids amused on wet days. Indeed, it is a wet day when the magnificent creature comes calling on a Boy and his older sister Sally. The bored squabbling siblings let the purring pussy in – much to the annoyance of their ...

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The Winter’s Tale –National Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor:  Justin Audibert Director: Ruth Mary Johnson Reviewer: David Guest Young people know how to be hopeful and happy even when adults are acting childishly around them. That’s an oversimplification, but it’s certainly one of the themes explored in an enjoyable one hour version of The Winter’s Tale at the National Theatre. Kids aren’t bothered that it’s one ...

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Icarus – Unicorn Theatre, London

Writer: Katrin Lange Translator: Purni Morell Director: Cressida Brown Reviewer: Mike Wells We all know of the boy who flew too close to the sun, but this incarnation of Icarus is about much more than just the exuberance of youth. The production follows Icarus’ journey from his family home to the island of Crete, to find his father and bring him ...

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Strictly Come Dancing: The Live Tour 2019 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool

Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Clare Howdon Strictly Come Dancing Live!, currently on tour across the UK, is the perfect tonic to ease the January blues. The tour, now into its 15thyear, is once again directed FAB-U-LOUS-LY by Craig Revel Horwood and the long-running judge is to be congratulated on producing yet another show-stopping production. It is impossible not to ...

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