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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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Jock n’ Roll – Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Director - Iain Gordon Lighting Design - Scott Gordon Musical Director - David Halford Choreographer - Lynsey Brown Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Jock n' Roll salutes the music that the nation that gave us whisky and haggis has given to the world through the years. Whether the show does this Scottish back catalogue justice, however, is less certain. Act one opens ...

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Let It Be – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director &Musical Supervisor: John Maher Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys In avoiding the usual pitfalls of the jukebox musical i.e. shoe-horning the greatest hits of a band around an unnecessary narrative, Let It Be emerges triumphant as the perfect example of how to give your audience exactly what it wants. The producers have clearly acknowledged that it’s the music that is key. ...

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