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The Boy in the Dress – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Book: Mark Ravenhill from the novel by David Walliams Music and Lyrics: Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers and Chris Heath Director: Gregory Doran Reviewer: James Garrington There’s an almost tangible air of excitement about the foyers of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre before Press Night for The Boy in the Dress. It as though people feel they may see something special – and ...

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White – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Creator: Andy Manley Director: Gill Robertson Reviewer: Dominic Corr Profoundly simplistic, though magnanimous in spiritual creativity, White may label itself as a show for the youngest theatregoers, but its aesthetics, humour and sharp imagery are of a timeless piece. Pitching itself towards the younger crowd, but refraining from simplicity, cooing or pander. Its narrative follows Cotton and Wrinkle, two chaps who task ...

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Candida – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates Paul Miller’s five-year tenure as Artistic Director of the Orange Tree Theatre has been marked by programming that contrasts challenging contemporary works and revivals of classics by writers such as George Bernard Shaw and Terence Rattigan to satisfy traditionalists. Candida is Miller’s fourth production of a play by Shaw, a ...

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Based on the book by Dr Seuss Books and Lyrics: Timothy Mason Music: Mel Marvin Reviewer: Dominic Corr It’s November, we hear you say, so what, who cares? Christmas is on the way. How better to celebrate, than with a children’s classic, so join The Grinch for some Dr Seuss magic. Suffice to say, rhymes may feature throughout – but please, try ...

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Protein’s The Little Prince – The Lowry, Salford

Author: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Adaptation and Direction: Luca Silvestrini Reviewer: Peter Jacobs This production of The Little Prince is the first book adaptation and the first show primarily for children from Luca Silvestrini’s award-winning Protein. The company produce a diverse range of shows tackling different themes, blending choreography, text, music and humour – whether dealing with love, society’s obsessions with ...

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The Arrival – Bush Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Bijan Sheibani Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is something about a circular stage, of a play performed in the round, which feels particularly appropriate for the examination of sibling relationships. Think of Lucy Kirkwood’s Mosquitoes, for example, with Olivia Williams and Olivia Colman circling each other before colliding together like super-accelerated particles. Or Ogun and Oshoosi in The Brothers Size, ...

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My Brilliant Friend – National Theatre, London

Writer: April De Angelis based on the books by Elena Ferrante Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Richard Maguire Based on Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, this five-hour epic first seen at Kingston’s Rose Theatre in 2017 now comes to the National. Tracing the friendship between two women who first meet as schoolchildren, Ferrante’s tale stretches 60 years over four books but while ...

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Six – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music and Lyrics: Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss Directors: Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage Reviewer: Gemma Fincher There are simply not enough superlatives to describe just how good Six is. Based on the six wives of Henry VIII, Six is a vivacious, modern remix of Tudor history with a soundtrack to die for. Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss during the last year ...

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