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FEATURED: A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim

God walks onto the stage and instantly the audience erupts into deafening applause and the ovation continues. The sold-out Olivier Theatre is filled with his greatest fans and admirers, all of whom snapped up tickets within hours of the interview being announced only three days before. God subtly pushes at the air with his downward-facing palms and an excited hush ...

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The Bodyguard – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Lawrence Kasdan Musical Director: Michael Riley Vocal Arrangements: Mike Dixon Director: Thea Sharrock Reviewer: Francesca Parker The 90s classic film, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Huston, was a box-office smash hit and the second-highest grossing film of 1992. In the public’s opinion, it was a total showstopper, and its soundtrack continues to prove incredibly popular today. Despite this, it ...

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In the Willows – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book and Lyrics: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Pippa Cleary Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music and Lyrics: Keiran Merck Designer: William Reynolds Reviewer: Gareth Davies Kenneth Grahame might very well be spinning in his grave. Which needn't be a bad thing, if he takes his moves from the dance battle which marks the decisive climax of this hip-hop treatment of his pastoral children's ...

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Avenue Q – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carre Reviewer: Laura Stimpson The naughtiest puppets in theatreland are on tour, tonight’s stop - The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and they have the audience in hysterics throughout. Avenue Q has racked up the accolades since it’s theatre debut in 2003, including the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, score and ...

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Annie – Storyhouse, Chester

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: John Roberts There are not many individual productions that have had the same longevity of run and success that Nikolai Foster's production of Annie has secured. Originally opening at The West Yorkshire Playhouse (Now Leeds Playhouse) in 2011, the show then toured the UK before a residency ...

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Shrek the Musical – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Book and lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Jenny Sawyer Reviewer: Alice Fowler Shrek is a story for our times: a reminder that heroes come in unlikely guises and no man (or ogre) is an island. The Guildford School of Acting takes this fairy tale adventure and makes it triumphantly its own. This high-energy production of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animation film (itself ...

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The Barricade Boys – The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn

Reviewer: John Roberts Formed just over three years ago by Les Mis alumni Scott Garnham and Simon Schofield, The Barricade Boys are currently embarking on their first major UK & US tour. The premise is simple, take four male performers who have all at one point in their career performed in Les Misérables (the cast rotates depending on who is available), and ...

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Local Hero – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Bill Forsyth and David Greig Music & Lyrics: Mark Knopfler Director: John Crowley Reviewer: Dominic Corr Nominated for several BAFTA’s, receiving critical praise and adoration, the 1983 film Local Hero is a slice of timeless filmmaking. Bill Forsyth’s much-loved film still retains its charm decades later. So, when it was revealed that a stage adaptation was on the cards, ...

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