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Kinky Boots – Adelphi Theatre, London

  Book: Harvey Fierstein Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Director: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   It’s autumn in London, it’s cold, rainy and dark so that can only mean one thing – boots. But imagine if we all swapped our hardwearing, waterproof footwear for something a bit fancier and turned our grey seasonal weather into a glamorous opportunity. Cyndi ...

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NEWS: RichardRocks parked until 2016

The Swedish producers behind the Richard III rock opera RichardRocks have postponed its London premiere to 2016. RichardRocks,with 35 original songs and a cast of 28, isinspired by Shakespeare’sRichardIIIand by Al Pacino’s 1996 film,Looking forRichard.It has music by Peter Robsahm, a book by Maria Robsahm. Peter Robsahm, who is also the producer, told The Public Reviews: "Our ambition is to ...

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Orpheus – Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, London

Director: Alexander Scott Reviewer: Ann Bawtree   The Little Bulb Theatre’s telling of the age old story, Orpheus has come to the Linbury Studio via the Farnham Maltings and Battersea Arts Centre. Its reputation has obviously preceded it, hence the capacity audiences for an all too short a run in Covent Garden. From its inception seven years ago it appears ...

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Photograph 51 – Noel Coward Theatre, London

Writer: Anna Ziegler Director: Michael Grandage Reviewer:Andy Moseley   This is a frustrating play. It marks the West End return of one of Hollywood’s finest actors, and it tells the story of the greatest scientific discovery of the 20th century. There are deception, rivalries, stolen ideas, missed opportunities and personal and professional sacrifices made in the name of science and ...

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Life’s Little Nothings – St James Theatre, London

  Writer: Anton Chekhov Directors: Cyrill Kashlikov Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   You would typically associate music hall with late Victorian / Edwardian Britain; in fact it seems a very English form of entertainment, particularly associated with performers from London’s East End. So it’s rather strange to see a Russian version using Chekhov short stories as its inspiration and even more ...

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See What I Wanna See – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

  Words and Music: Michael John LaChiusa Director: Adam Lenson Musical Director: Richard Bates Reviewer: Scott Stait     In a time of hunger for something fresh and innovatively raw, where audiences and producers and forever searching for that show that really touches them and makes them stir, it is a surprise that it has taken 10 years for Michael ...

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The Sum Of Us – Above The Stag Theatre, London

Writer: David Stevens Director: Gene David Kirk Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Warm, cosy and old-fashioned, David Stevens’ 1990 comedy plays like a cross between an early episode of Neighbours and an American family sitcom from the same era. The great surprise is that it is only now getting its UK premiere. After a long run off-Broadway, the play was turned ...

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My Mocking Happiness – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Leonid Malyugin Directors: Leonid Ostropolsky and Irina Barkovskaya Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   They say you should never meet your heroes, you’ll only be disappointed, but that idiom could also be extending to the wave of biographical dramas that come to Theatreland sometimes. Whether it’s Bette Davis or, in this case Anon Chekhov, it’s near impossible for a modern actor ...

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