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Alaska – The Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter

Writer: Carl Grose Director: Simon Harvey Reviewer: Lucy Corley Justin is preparing to spend four weeks fending for himself in the wilds of Alaska. He is armed with a thin cotton hoody, “Grunt Burnley’s Outdoor Survival Handbook” and half a packet of Quavers. Created by Cornwall-based Blackfish Theatre with Makin Projects, Alaska promises quirky, comedic adventure from the start and ...

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Animals – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Emma Adams Director: Lisa Cagnacci Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Economic forecasters warn us repeatedly that a growing aged population could soon become a burden too great for society to bear. Emma Adams’ new play takes place in 2046, in a world where the solution to this problem has been found in the drastic form of a lethal injection. A ...

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Dance ‘Til Dawn – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Maggie Constable Returning due to ever-popular demand, following recent sell-out success, BBC’sStrictly Come Dancingfaves and previous World Champions,Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone,tango into Milton Keynes Theatre withDance ‘Til Dawn. This is an incredible dance extravaganza inspired by 1940s Golden Age of Hollywood, which combines all the much-loved Big Band hits, dance, romance and, yes, plenty of ...

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Orchestra of Opera North: Invitation to the Dance – Town Hall, Leeds

Conductor: Kees Bakels Piano soloist: Federico Colli Reviewer: David Gann Within the context of eminent orchestras that have thrilled audiences over this Leeds International Concert Season, there surely cannot be one more accomplished than our very own Orchestra of Opera North. This second of their concerts is yet again original and enthralling both in execution and innovative choice of pieces. ...

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Jonny and the Baptists Rock the Vote – Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

Writers and Performers: Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers Reviewer: Joan Phillips Jonny Donahoe and Paddy Gervers aren't going to cause a revolution. We know that because, as they say in their song, being British they are either too polite, too drunk or too hungover to cause any problems that threaten the system. And this just about sets the tone for ...

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Grumpy Old Women: 50 Shades of Beige – The Lowry, Salford

Written by: Jenny Éclair Reviewer: Paul Downham Landing at The Lowry in their space shed the grumpy old women, namely Jenny Éclair, Kate Robbins and Susie Blake burst onto the stage complete with space helmets to a huge ovation from the audience, unsurprisingly made up predominantly of women, with just a few men dotted about, no doubt dragged kicking and ...

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CD REVIEW: On The Town – New Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Fans of the iconic musical On The Town have waited a long time for the first complete recording of the stage production - almost 70 years in fact. Despite recordings in 1944, 1960 and 1995, many theatre fans were left disappointed when parts of the score were either omitted, truncated or recorded in the studio. Thankfully, 70 ...

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CD REVIEW: The Fortress of Solitude – Original Cast Recording

Book: Itamar Moses Music and lyrics: Michael Friedman Reviewer: John Roberts Based on Jonathan Lethem’s cult novel of the same name, The Fortress of Solitude is a fresh and vibrant mix of musical styles and modern beats by the composer of rock musical Bloody Bloody Angry Jackson, blending together sounds of the past with more recent musical theatre styles to ...

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