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Blood Brothers – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson & Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Matt Forrest It’s hard to believe that Blood Brothers just celebrated its 36th year, if anything, it feels older purely because the affection with which it is held. It’s certainly an institution of the theatre circuit and there’s no question why: this is a timeless, heart-breaking tale, of love, class and ...

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American Idiot – The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day  Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Green Day‘s explosive rock musical American Idiot is back in Birmingham as it celebrates its 10th anniversary and also the 15th anniversary of the influential, Grammy-award winning concept album on which it is based. Winner of two Tony Awards, American Idiot tells the ...

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Hair – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Galt McDermot Book and Lyrics: Gerome Ragni and James Rado Director: Jonathan O'Boyle Reviewer: Helen Jones It's 1967.  The US is in the middle of sending more troops out to fight in the Vietnam War. Two actors,  Gerome Ragni and James Rado come across a demonstration against the war in New York's Central Park, and so the idea for Hair is ...

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Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story  – Hope Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Stephen Dolginoff Director:  Matthew Parker Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Thrill Me certainly is thrilling. Based on the real-life case of Leopold and Loeb, the two lovers who killed a boy to prove that they were Nietzschean Supermen, this musical, despite its subject matter, is steamy and sexy. The 1924 murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks has inspired many writers, ...

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Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse

Book: Dennis Kelly Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys With its origins as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2010 festive show, nine years down the line, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda has been seen by over eight million people around the globe. Winning awards and smashing box office records wherever ...

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American Idiot – The Palace Theatre, Manchester 

Music: Green Day Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong  Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer  Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Victoria Morris In an age where jukebox musicals are dominating the theatrical scene, political frustrations are openly expressed within the media and mental health is (and rightly so) an open topic of conversation, Selladoor’s current UK tour of American Idiot seems somewhat surprisingly ...

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Timpson the Musical – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Book, Lyrics and Directors: Sam Cochrane and Chris Baker Music: Theo Caplan and Tom Slade Reviewer: Tim Harding Are you a Montashoe or a Keypulet? That is the amusing question posed by the portrait of William Timpson, founder of the eponymous High Street retailer, at the start of this 110 minute romp through Victorian London. Imagine Tesco the Panto! written by ...

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Calendar Girls the Musical – Sheffield Lyceum

Writers, music & lyrics: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Movement: Lucy Hind Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Women’s Institute was set up in 1915 to bring together women from all walks of life, an organisation that claims to be based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. No mention of stripping off and posing naked with ...

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