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Boris the Musical 2: Brexit Harder – Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Laurence Peacock Director: Kyle Williams Reviewer: James Garrington The Blowfish Theatre production of Boris the Musical came about as a result of that now infamous referendum in 2016 – a satirical musical about Boris Johnson and Brexit. Three years on, and we’re still arguing about whether or not we should leave the EU – so out comes the sequel, Boris ...

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music:  Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Clare White It was the first of musical writing duo Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s creations to be produced back in the 1970s and famously launched the West End stage careers of Jason Donovan, Philip Schofield and Lee Mead. Five decades later, Joseph and his coat of many ...

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The Color Purple – The Curve, Leicester

Book: Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Alice Walker Music and Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray Director: Tinuke Craig Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Celie’s life has been hard and full of pain. By 14 she had two children by her abusive father who took both away. Then she found herself married off at 18 to the cruel local ...

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾  – Ambassadors Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Jake Brunger Music and Lyrics: Pippa Cleary Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott London is full of very important theatre, new writing or reimagined classics shaped to reflect our troubled modern times, filled with the greatest actors of our generation giving career-best performances. Everything needs to have something profound to say, serious political points to make or ...

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Little Miss Sunshine: A Road Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: James Lapine Music and Lyrics: William Finn Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The epitome of dysfunctional, the Hoover family travel 800 miles from Albuquerque, New Mexico in grandpa's beaten up VW camper van to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, so the youngest member of the clan, the unlikely Olive, can compete. So goes William ...

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Annie – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Who would have thought that after 40 years the story of a spirited 11-year-old orphan, desperate to find her parents, would still be so popular in 2019? With America still reeling from the effects of the stock market crash of 1929, Annie is set in ...

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Bare: A Pop Opera – The Vaults, London

Music: Damon Intrabartolo Lyrics: Jon Hartmere Director: Julie Atherton Reviewer: Richard Maguire Bare: A Pop Opera certainly lives up to its name, and wears its emotions firmly on its sleeve for all to see. There’s fun and feeling to be found in this American high-school musical but ultimately Bare suffers from some awkward staging and a few weak voices. The ...

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Amélie The Musical – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Craig Lucas Music: Danie Messé Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé Reviewer: Dominic Corr The awkward daughter of a neurotic and a germophobe (we’ve all been there), Amélie is as socially fragile as she is dedicated to helping others. In the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, Amélie has a revelation – to help flicker the light of the world ...

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