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Stardust – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Shahid Iqbal Khan and Sâmir Bhamra Music and Lyrics: Robby Khela Director: Sâmir Bhamra Reviewer: James Garrington This week at the Belgrade we find the world premiere of Stardust, which is billed as the “first South Asian-led production to depict a same-sex marriage on a British stage.” It may seem strange to a white British audience to realise how many cultures exist where ...

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Rocky Horror Show – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Roberts Religious protestors tried in vain to put a dampener on proceedings as The Rocky Horror Show opened tonight at Chester’s Storyhouse theatre, while the mood outside may have been a little fraught, inside it was sexy and electric. Richard O’Brien’s cult musical continues touring the UK pulling in old fans and ...

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Shida – The Vaults, London

Writer: Jeannette Bayardelle Director: Andy Sandberg Reviewer: Miriam Sallon Shida is a clever young girl with a bright future and a dream of being a writer. But her home life is less than conducive to a happy childhood. Whilst her mother and grandmother clearly love and care for her, she suffers sexual abuse from an ‘uncle’ in silence. Still she ...

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Fame – Peacock Theatre, London

Book: Jose Fernandez Lyrics: Jacques Levy Music: Steve Margoshes Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Scott Matthewman These days we’ve become inured to successful movies being turned into stage plays and musicals, often keeping as close as possible to the source material in the hope of retaining the original’s audience. Fame is slightly different. When it debuted on Broadway in 1988, none of ...

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Preludes – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Dave Malloy Director: Alex Sutton Reviewer: David Guest A breathtaking synthesis of musical styles and an offbeat story that resonates through the ages could be the most exciting and mind-blowing UK premiere to hit a London stage this year. Dave Malloy’s Preludes is outrageously anachronistic, compellingly creative and devastatingly frank as it dares to paint a picture of a cruel ...

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Saturday Night Fever – Storyhouse, Chester

Music and lyrics: The Bee Gees Adaptors: Robert Stigwood & Bill Oakes Director: Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Emma Dutton Dig out your dancing shoes and head down to Chester’s Storyhousethis week, where Bill Kenright and The Robert Stigwood Organisation’s Saturday Night Fever takes to stage.  The musical marks 40 years since the release of the infamous John Travolta classic; telling the story ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Dan English Joe McFadden brings the Outback to Dartford in this production of the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which kick-started its UK tour in the Kent town. The production sees Tick, McFadden, head to the Outback with two fellow performers as he aims to bring his drag act ...

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Felix Starro – Theatre Row, New York City

Book: Jessica Hagedorn   Music: Fabian Obispo   Lyrics: Jessica Hagedorn   Choreographer: Brandon Bieber   Director: Ralph B. Pena   Reviewer: Solace   Watching the hands of the protagonist Felix (Alan Ariano) grasp slimy innards of his patients and drop the “negatives,” as he calls them, into a nearby bin feels like observing a birth and a death. This ...

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