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Twelfth Night- Young Vic, London

Creator: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shania Taub Directors: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The first show by a new Artistic Director is an important indicator of what’s to come, a chance to establish the tone for the ensuing years with a memorable statement about the kind of theatre they want to make. In assuming responsibility for the Young ...

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Fame The Musical – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Director and choreographer: Nick Winston Conceived and developed by: David de Silva Music by: Steve Margoshes, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Fame, the hit TV series and iconic motion picture, synonymous with sweatbands and leg warmers and largely responsible for influencing 1980s fashion, celebrates its 30th anniversary with Selladoor Productions’ latest touring version. Three decades later, the ...

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Rock of Ages – Darlington Hippodrome

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Arrangements & Orchestrations: Ethan Popp Director & Choreographer: Nick Winston With the clarity of hindsight, anyone who lived through the 1980s will no doubt be able to now admit that it was a pretty silly decade. Big hair, big shoulder pads, embarrassing fashions: just plain silly. Rock of Ages, a musical celebrating the era and its music ...

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Mythic – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book and lyrics: Marcus Stevens Music: Oran Eldor Director and choreographer: Sarah O’Gleby Reviewer: Stephen Bates The good news is that, when the time comes around for looking back on the year, Mythic is unlikely to be named as the worst new musical to hit London in 2018. The bad news is that there are many times during its 90 ...

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Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway with Ramin Karimloo – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway @ Leicester Square series is fast becoming an essential staple of the West End calendar. Rudetsky, both a Broadway professional and one of musical theatre’s biggest fans, tends to know more about his interview subjects than they know about themselves, even when interviewing luminaries including Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald. That knowledge, combined with one ...

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Once – Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Music/Lyrics: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová Lyrics: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová Book: Enda Walsh Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Liz Stagg Based on the 2007 film of the same name, Once is currently being performed at The Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch – the first professional production outside of London. Telling the story of a chance meeting of two music lovers whose worlds ...

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Madagascar The Musical – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics: Geoge Noriega and Joel Someillan Director: Kirk Jameson Musical Director: Angharad Sanders Reviewer: Dominic Corr What happens when the king of the jungle, a smart-mouthed zebra, a hypochondriac giraffe and a sassy hippo fall foul of a botched escape from the zoo? A two-billion-dollar film franchise followed by what else? A musical adaptation. Bringing the ...

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Side Show  – CLF Art Cafe, London

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Henry Krieger Director:  Dom O’Hanlon Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Side Show wasn’t a success when it first opened on Broadway in 1997. However, after a successful revival in 2015, it premiered in the UK at the Southwark Playhouse a year later.  Theatre company Pint of Wine’s new production at the cool CLF Art Cafe in Peckham ...

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