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Edinburgh Fringe : Appointment with The Wicker Man – The Assembly Rooms

Writer: Greg Hemphill &Donald McLeary Director: Vicky Featherstone [Rating:4] West end smash comedy The 39 Steps has carved a path for comedic stage adaptations over the years including Ben Hurr and Casablanca, now The National Theatre Scotland turn their gaze onto cult horror classic The Wicker Man. It has to be said from the outset that this isn’t a straight ...

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Grease –Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Sarah Astbury [Rating:4] Grease is the Word at least in Llandudno it is. The iconic musical has been touring the UK on various stages for many years and various comments have been made about the production, the show is one of the most loved musicals of all time whether you are 5 or 95 everyone has ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Company – C Venue C

Book: George Furth Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4.5] Bobby is 35 and in the opinion of his friends and multiple girlfriends it’s high time he settled down. As he watches the couples around him disintegrate, the single guy wonders: Is this worth giving up my life for? One Academy, the production arm of ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Bugsy Malone – C Too

Book/Lyrics: Paul Williams, Alan Parker Reviewer: Samantha Currie [rating:3] The Portobello Youth Theatre was formed as a youth project in Edinburgh to give local children aged 8-14 the opportunity to perform musical theatre. This year’s production is the musical Bugsy Malone. Set in 1929 New York City during prohibition, the mob rules, there are hoodlums, dancing girls and plenty of ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: Beulah – C Nova

Book/Lyrics: Alexander Wright Director: Tom Bellerby Design: Ed Sunman Reviewer: Samantha Currie [rating:5] Beulah belongs to the #LittleFest programme presented by the Flanagan Collective, described as an “…ever growing and changing group of artists who make stuff, support stuff and like to talk about stuff”. It’s a gentle folk musical inspired by the writing of William Blake. We all experience ...

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Oliver! – Curve, Leicester

Music &Lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Lionel Bart Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Linford Butler [rating:4] Lionel Bart’s musical version of Dickens’ classic, Oliver Twist, is extremely well-known, not least for the Academy-award winning 1968 film adaptation and its long West End and Broadway runs. Curve’s new community production of Oliver! is performed by an amateur cast plucked from the local community ...

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Songs For A New World – The Bridewell Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Director: Sarah Redmond Musical Director: Francis Goodhand Choreographer: Cristian Valle Reviewer: Joanna Forest [rating:4] The National Youth Music Theatre’s 2012 season is featuring the work of American composer Jason Robert Brown, and this evening they are presenting ‘Songs for a New World’ directed by Sarah Redmond. It’s been seventeen years since this piece was ...

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Legally Blonde The Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Director and Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Mark Johnson [Rating:4.5] “OMIGOD you guys!” following on from its huge West End success, Legally Blonde The Musical is now wowing audiences all over the UK as part of its first national tour and last night burst open in Milton Keynes. A fast ...

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