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Flashdance the Musical – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Book: Tom Hedley and Robert Carey   Music: Robbie Roth  Lyrics: Robert Carey and Robbie Roth  Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the pantheon of 1980s movies, Flashdance has achieved cult status far exceeding its own gaudy ambitions. The tale of a welding apprentice who supplements her meagre wages from a Pittsburgh steel firm by dancing in a local club, but who has ambitions to ...

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Me – mac, Birmingham

Writer: Emma Dodd (original book) Director: Samantha Lane Reviewer: John Kennedy To maintain a full house audience of parents’ and toddlers’ attention for forty minutes based almost solely on a penguin chick attempting to climb an iceberg slope is a very big ask. Less puppetry, more manipulated soft toys, at least the flippers move. The pace, however, is glacial. The ...

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Tango Moderno – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Maggie Constable Fleckerl away to Milton Keynes Theatre this week where you will be invited to share an evening with the wonderful Flavia Cacace who, with Leonel Di Cocco and Pasquale La Rocca, performs the effervescent Tango Moderno, choreographed by none other than ex-Strictly dancer Karen Bruce along with Flavia and Vincent Simone (Vincent cannot appear ...

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Twelfth Night – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Kennedy Some thirty years ago an ensemble of disparate student stereotypes, The Young Ones, exploded from our TV sit-com screens - often quite literally. When Adrian Edmondson’s anarcho-Punk, Vivyan, let loose his signature pet hamster comic-strip chaotic schtick mayhem ensued. Twelfth Night, the twelfth day of Christmas marks the Epiphany, the arrival of the ...

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Legally Blonde the Musical – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Heather Hach Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Clare White Legally Blonde The Musical is a bit like candyfloss – pink, fluffy and syrupy sweet. Based on the 2001 film comedy starring Reece Witherspoon, its musical adaptation premièred on Broadway in 2007 and subsequently enjoyed successful West End and UK tour runs. This latest production, directed ...

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Deathtrap – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

A man with a mace and a woman looking apprehension at a table

Writer: Ira Levin Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: John Kennedy Death doesn’t quite become this interpretation of Ira Levin’s Broadway blockbuster. Perhaps crime, shifting tides and times wait for no man or woman. Once prolific thriller playwright Sidney Bruhl (Paul Bradley) is facing writer’s block. He receives an unsolicited play-script from an admiring ex-student entitled Deathtrap; it is brilliant. Sidney shares alternative dark ...

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Douglas McGrath Music and Lyrics: Gerry Goffin & Carole King, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Selwyn Knight There can’t be many people who won’t be familiar with a song or two by Carole King – with first husband Gerry Goffin she wrote loads of chart hits for other artists that have become standards including Will You Love ...

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The Secret Keeper – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Angela Clerkin Director: Angela Clerkin and Lucy J Skilbeck Reviewer: James Garrington Confession, they say, is good for the soul. What happens, though, to those who hear the secrets confessed; and may there be consequences? This is the basic premise of Angela Clerkin’s The Secret Keeper. The Doll’s House Maker has been unhappy for nine years, ever since his ...

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