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Come From Away  – Phoenix Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Irene Sankoff and David Hein Director:  Christopher Ashley Reviewer:  Richard Maguire It’s surprising that this Tony-nominated musical has taken so long to reach London. Come From Away, about plane passengers diverted on the day of 9/11, is the perfect show to thaw the cynicism of our current times. When America closed its airspace after the attack ...

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Glasgow Girls – Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Writer: David Greig Director: Cora Bissett Composer: Cora Bissett Reviewer: Ciara L. Murphy "You can't change everything, but you can change something." Glasgow Girls opens at the Abbey Theatre this week amid a sea of ongoing controversy surrounding programming at Ireland's National Theatre. Glasgow Girls is not exactly a typical Abbey production, so does it deserve its place on Ireland's national stage? ...

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Carmen – King’s Head Theatre, London

Librettists: Mary Franklin, Ashley Pearson Director: Mary Franklin Musical Director: Juliane Gallant Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty All credit must go, once again, to the King’s Head for its mission to open opera up to those who see it as something for someone else. This version of Carmen from co-librettists Mary Franklin, Ashley Pearson takes the story of the Spanish gypsy and ...

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Can-Can! – Union Theatre, London

Adaptor and Lyricist: Phil Willmott Composers: Jacques Offenbach and his contemporaries Director: Phil Setren Reviewer: Stephen Bates After Mythic and Hadestown London may have had enough of the Orpheus myth for now, so it is welcome news that this new musical entertainment borrows the overture, but not the plot, from Jacques Offenbach’s operetta Orpheus in the Underworld. It is the ...

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Avenue Q – The Alexandra, Birmingham

Book: Jeff Whitty Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer: Nicole Craft Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist, right? If such an idea offends, then Avenue Q might not be the show for you. With the stage arranged like a children’s TV show's friendly neighbourhood street, complete with screens to each side of the stage just ...

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A Beautiful Noise – Lyric Theatre, London

Created by: Fisher Stevens Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The music of the 60s and 70s seems to have a special significance for that generation, and while the famous bands may have gone their separate ways decades ago, tribute performers have become big business for regional venues that pack in crowds eager to celebrate their heroes. Fisher Stevens’ show dedicated to music ...

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Benidorm Live – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Derren Litten Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Dan English There’s plenty of winter sun to be had as the stage adaptation of ITV’s hit comedy Benidorm checks-in at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre as part of its tour. Leaping from ITV onto a UK and Ireland tour, Benidorm Live remains penned by Derren Litten and boasts several cast members from the TV series ...

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We’ve Got Each Other – VAULT Festival, London

Creator and Performer: Paul O’Donnell Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Paul O’Donnell, who brings his one-man jukebox musical, featuring the songs of Bon Jovi, to the third week of the VAULT Festival, is literally livin’ on a prayer. No actors, no band, no dancers, no pyrotechnics: instead just an empty stage, and a whole lot of imagination. We’ve Got Each Other may ...

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