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The Hunters Grimm – Deptford, London

Creators: Teatro Vivo Director: Sophie Austin Reviewer: Stephen Bates   These are grim times for the Brothers Grimm. They have no more stories to tell and they need our help to scour the streets of Deptford and find new ones. But, to worsen matters,one of them, Wilhelm is suffering from severe depression, making it essential that we find a happy ...

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Memphis – Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Joe Depietro Music and Lyrics: David Bryan Director: Christopher Ashley Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   The last couple of years have been a tough time for London’s musicals. Instead the dramatic play has been king drawing some of the UK and America’s most famous actors to the West End stage. While the stalwarts of British musical theatre live ...

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Spine- Soho Theatre, London

Writer: Clara Brennan Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: Katherine Burr   As a wayward teenager connects with a frail, elderly spinster, an unlikely camaraderie is formed between two kindred spirits. Rosie Wyatt seamlessly oscillates between adolescent Amy’s rants and Glenda’s clear-sighted diatribes, as their blossoming friendship gives them both a sense of hope in what alone appears an unfair world. Entering ...

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The Rivals – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Selina Cadell Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile   Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s witty, joyous and funny play The Rivals is brought vividly to life in the intimate setting of the Arcola Theatre. This full length version of the production fizzes with energy and keeps the audience entertained throughout the whole three hours (including interval). The story mainly revolves ...

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Lotty’s War – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Giuliano Crispini adapted by Clare Slater Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile   Lotty’s War tells the story of a young girl’s fight for survival, during World War II, on the occupied island of Guernsey and of the decisions she is forced to make regarding her own survival and that of her friends and her community. Over the years ...

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The Scottsboro Boys – Garrick Theatre, London

Book : David Thompson Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director and Choreographer: Susan Stroman Reviewer: Chris Rogers   Rosa Parks sits on a bus, famously refusing the bus driver’s insistence to go to the coloured section at the back. This is the last scene the audience is left with before a projection tells us that the remaining ...

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The Lion King – Lyceum Theatre, London

Music: Elton John Lyrics: Tim Rice Book: Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi Additional Music and Lyrics: Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor, Hans Zimmer Director: Julie Taymor Reviewer: Glen Pearce   When Disney’sThe Lion Kingopened at the Lyceum Theatre 15 years ago many were saying the age of the ‘mega musical’ was over. While it was true that ...

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