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Wasted – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music: Christopher Ash Book and lyrics: Carl Miller Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Stephen Bates If the gentle sounds of Chopin would fit well with the novels of Jane Austen, what would suit the Brontés? Iron Maiden? The proposition is carried forward in this new musical, telling the story the Bronté siblings and setting it to a pulsating rock score which ...

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Midnight: A New Musical  – Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Timothy Knapman Music and Lyrics: Laurence Mark Wythe Director: Kate Golledge Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Based on a play by the Azerbaijani playwright Elchin, this new musical is reminiscent of both Dr. Faustus and An Inspector Calls, with even a few nods to A Christmas Carol.  Midnight is a dark and comic moral tale of what happens when you sell ...

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Blood Brothers – St Helens Theatre Royal

Book/Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts  At the tender age of 35, Blood Brothers is still gaining instantaneous standing ovations wherever it’s performed and at St Helens Theatre Royal, that acclaim continues. It’s no surprise really when the show’s themes of class, recession, nature vs nurture and depression are still so prevalent and newsworthy. It becomes hard not to ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman the Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Douglas Day Stewart & Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Kate Prince Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Another day, yet another iconic 80s movie is adapted as a stage musical. This adaptation of An Officer and a Gentleman by Douglas Day Stewart (with Sharleen Cooper Cohen) of his own original 1982 screenplay, is a cheesy, overblown but ultimately likeable production ...

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Six: The Musical – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss Directors: Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage Reviewer: Tom Finch Every now and then a show comes along that is so well put together, so engaging and so hugely enjoyable that five stars doesn’t quite seem enough. If only there was the option to award six stars. Six – The Musical which burst into the Arts Theatre ...

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Unexpected Joy – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics:  Bill Russell Music:  Janet Hood Director: Amy Anders Corcoran Reviewer:  Richard Maguire To have another lesbian musical coming so soon after Fun Home is a very unexpected joy indeed. Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s musical, now playing at the Southwark Playhouse, may lack the sophistication (and the budget) of the Young Vic’s Fun Home, but it certainty doesn’t ...

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Hamilton (Lewis) – Kings Head Theatre, London

Book: Fiona English Music and Lyrics: David Eaton Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty “Do it, then ask for permission later.” It can come across aggressive, but really it just means having the confidence of your convictions. When you’re on a stage, it’s important to present to the audience an attitude of “this is our best work, we’re confident in ...

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Eugenius – The Other Palace, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Ben Adams and Chris Wilkins Director: Ian Talbort Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Every superhero has an alter-ego, overlooked, geeky and far too human, someone who must hide their true self under capes and luminous tights. Yet we love the dichotomy that superheroes represent, how one individual can have two different sides – the ordinary versus the extraordinary, ...

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