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Illegal Eagles – Pavilion Theatre, Worthing

The Illegal Eagles Reviewer: Jo Payne One could be forgiven for thinking that a classic mega-group tribute band to would consist of a collection of greying seniors attempting to recreate their original sound. In many cases, that is unfortunately too true. Not for these guys. The Illegal Eagles have been touring the country, with a variety of line-ups, playing, arranging ...

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Thriller Live, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Pete Benson The seeds of Thriller Live were arguably nurtured out of love and passion when Adrian Grant set up the British Michael Jackson Fan Club. This took him on an amazing journey meeting Jackson, writing several books about him and then staging an annual Michael Jackson tribute show. With approval from the man himself that ...

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The Ballad of Martha Brown – Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton

Writers: Amy Rosenthal, Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Directors: Tamsin Fessey &Lynne Forbes Reviewer: Joan Phillips There is no getting away from the gallows in this production, it is there throughout the evening. The fate of Martha Brown is foretold and we are not going to be allowed to forget it. The noose that eventually hangs her may be variously a ...

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Carnaby Street: The Concert – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Based on an original idea by Carl Leighton-Pope Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes It was a bit of a shaky start to the concert as the band scampered on to the stage looking terrified. The audience then sat stony faced during the first song which was one of the original songs from Carnaby Street the Musical. The songs then jumped into a ...

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Gareth Malone Voices Tour – Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Assistant Musical Director: Michael Higgins Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer The UK’s favourite choir master is renowned for rallying ordinary people and giving them the confidence to sing, showing them that the most important thing is the personal joy that it brings and the community it creates, rather than the technical ability or the need to show off. Examples of his notable ...

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Godspell – Lyric Theatre, London

Composer: Stephen Schwartz Director: Kenneth Avery-Clark Reviewer: John Roberts Stephen Schwartz’s biblical retelling of the stories and life of Jesus’ times with his disciples is a strange beast. On one hand you have what Schwartz has become best known for, soaring musical melodies and powerful ballads but on the other Godspell quite possibly holds the title for the worst book ...

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Verdi’s Requiem, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano Tonight at The Birmingham Symphony Hall is the coming together of two great Italian musical forces, Giuseppe Verdi and conductor Sir Antonio Pappano with his Italian ensemble, although, strictly speaking, Sir Anthony was born in England to Italian parents. On the death of the 19th Century poet Manzoni, Verdi was inspired to write ...

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Spiers and Boden: Goodbye, The Final Tour – Harrogate Theatre

Music: John Spiers &Jon Boden Reviewer: Sue Collier Having played together for over 14 years, Radio Two Folk Award winning duo Spiers and Boden have announced this to be their last tour together as a duo for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, this is not as a result of them splitting up, but rather that they will be returning to playing ...

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