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Miss Givings – Bierkeller Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Robert Cohen Director: Nicholas Quirke Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:3] A’Nother Productions have set themselves a tall challenge. Miss Givings is a one woman play with songs mostly from 1930’s America. The story, set just outside New York, follows a short period in the life of Anita Boult who is trying to get a break onto the New York music ...

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The Blues Brothers: The Smash Hit – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Dan Aykroyd Director: Brad Henshaw Reviewer: Megan Pearce [Rating:4] If you are a fan of the original film or stage production then The Blues Brothers: The Smash Hit is a must see. Brad Henshaw and Chris Chandler take to the stage as Jake and Elwood at the New Theatre in Cardiff. This version of The Blues Brothers is guaranteed ...

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Richard Digance – Assembly Rooms, Derby

Reviewer: Angela Wilson [rating:4.5] One of the “elder statesmen” of the British folk scene with more than forty years in the business, Richard Digance is a man of many talents – singer, guitarist, raconteur, songwriter, poet, author. This year sees him undertaking an extensive national tour and his surprisingly belated debut at the Edinburgh Festival. The compact Darwin Suite at ...

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An Evening of Movies and Musicals – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Conductor: Matthew J. Hampson Producer: M&M Associate Productions Reviewer: Robin Winters [Rating:4.5] An Evening of Movies and Musicals returns to Cardiff after a successful stint of shows around the country, and proves that M&M Associate Productions are continuing on their journey to bring the best in musical entertainment to every part of the UK. Following the same format as last ...

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New Jersey Nights – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Director &Choreography: Emma Rogers Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] New Jersey Nights is a concert style production which takes the audience through a celebration of greatest hits by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. With a distinct party atmosphere, there is no storyline, making this a show purely about the music. It has a very different feel to the current hit ...

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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – Leeds Town Hall

Music: Mozart andMahler Conductor: Andres Orozco-Estrada Soprano: Klara Ek Reviewer: Ray Taylor [rating:4.5] The Leeds International Orchestral Season has put together some very interesting programmes this season and this was no exception. Three arias sandwiched between two symphonies, and the second symphony also containing a song in the last movement – different indeed! But it all works wonderfully well and ...

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Everyday – Tramway, Glasgow

Creators: Tunji Falana, Neil Haigh and Lu Kemp Director: Lu Kemp Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:3] The Tramway's Rip It Up season has brought many new artists to the Glasgow venue: some of them presenting completed works to an audience for the first time and some, like Tunji Falana, Neil Haigh and Lu Kemp, arriving on a Monday to create a ...

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Woody Sez – Harrogate Theatre

Devisers: David M. Lutken, Nick Corley, Darcie Deaville, Helen Russell and Andy Teirstein Reviewer Sue Collier [Rating: 4.5] This show is devastatingly good. It is a part musical, part spoken word production by four very talented and enthusiastic actor-musicians who tell the tragic life story of Woody Guthrie via 25 of his songs. Guthrie’s tragic childhood is not initially apparent ...

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