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American Idiot – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music and Lyrics: Green Day and Billie Joe Armstrong Director and Choreographer: Racky Plews Designer: Sara Perks Lighting Designer: Tim Deiling Sound Designer: Chris Whybrow Musical Supervisor: Richard Morris Reviewer: Molly Knox American Idiot at the King’s Theatre is still a riotous musical full of flare and emotion, ten years on from the show’s creation. This show heaves the audience ...

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Little Miss Sunshine – The Lowry, Salford

Book/Lyrics: James Lapine Music/Lyrics: William Finn Writer: Michael Arndt Director: Mehmet Ergen Reviewer: Jo Beggs Nobody expected the quirky US 2006 road movie to be the massive success it turned out to be. A struggle to get made, a small budget, and with a location shifted from one end of the country to the other, it could so easily have ...

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Avenue Q – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carre Reviewer: Dominic Corr We’re back on Avenue Q, running for fifteen years the street is still offering up an evening of filth, wickedness and yet holds a mirror up to its audience more than ever. Just when you thought bright colours and puppets were for kids, Avenue Q proves ...

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Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The 2012 BBC Proms included Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels. It proved so popular that it was resurrected as a theatre tour. For anyone that has dreamed of a grand day out this is a toe-tapping trip into Bristol-based Aardman Animation’s back catalogue of Wallace and his faithful dog, Gromit. Presented by musician and singer Matthew Sharp this ...

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Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens –  Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Janet Hood Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Ghosts are a staple of AIDS texts. At the end of LongtimeCompanion, one of the first films to address the AIDS crisis, survivors are greeted on the beach by those they have lost to the virus. In The Inheritance, the most recent play documenting the epidemic, ...

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The Greatest Love of All – London Palladium

Music: Whitney Houston Director: John Van Grinsven Reviewer: Nina Reece If you never had the pleasure of seeing Whitney Houston live, Belinda Davids in The Greatest Love of All is the closest you will ever get. Produced by Showtime Australia, the performance aims to ‘honour the music, talent and memory of Whitney Houston’ and it very nearly achieves these aims. ...

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics: Jethro Compton Music and Lyrics: Darren Clark Director: Jethro Compton Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Cornish mysticism replaces jazz-age American dreaming in this beautiful, engaging, fizzing version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous short story. Transposed and translated from the West Coast of the US to a small fishing village, the curious case now becomes a folk tale revolving around ...

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Summer Street – Waterloo East, London

Book, Music, Lyrics and Direction: Andrew Norris Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours… closer each day, Home and Away; Helen Daniels doing Tai Chi on the front lawn, Harold Bishop lost at sea and the wedding of Scott and Charlene, the Australian soap opera looms large in the collective cultural memory of the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...

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