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Henry V – Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Hal Chambers Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In a time where everything right now seems to be defined by our relationship with Europe, where we get the leaders we deserve and who then prove unable to lead, there is perhaps something of the comforting in Shakespeare’s Henry V. The young Prince Hal – depicted in both parts of Henry IV as ...

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Wicked – Palace Theatre,Manchester

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Helen Jones For those who have been living under a shell for the last fifteen years, Wicked, based on Gregory McGuire’s fantasy novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, is a prequel and retelling of The Wizard of Oz but from the viewpoint ...

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Wicked – WMC, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Gregory Maguire Adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Flying monkeys, a huge cast and multi changes of scene – there’s plenty of glitz in Wicked, billed as the prequel to the ever-popular Wizard of Oz and projecting the dark side of the coin.  What could be more ...

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Wicked – The Grand, Leeds

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Based on the novel by: Gregory Maguire Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them? Wicked is a musical phenomenon. Since opening in 2006 the show has garnered over 100 major international awards and already been seen by nine million people in London alone. Seemingly ...

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Wicked – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Nicole Craft With Wicked having won over 100 major international awards, being in its 12th year in the West End, having a second go at a UK tour and possessing an instantly recognisable protagonist thanks to its Wizard of Oz roots, it would be easy to assume everybody ...

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Wicked – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Helen Patrick Soaring back to Liverpool on a gravity-defying emerald green wave of popularity, the multi-million-pound mega-musical Wicked delivers on every level, every beat and every minute of its runtime. Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman from Gregory Maguire’s book of the same name, the story looks at the ...

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Grey Gardens – Southwark Playhouse, London

Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell in Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse

Book: Doug Wright Music: Scott Frankel Lyrics: Michael Korie Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty   Since long before the day Icarus thought his waxen wings would carry him higher than wisdom told him they would, we have been obsessed with stories of falls from grace. From any level, a public crash is an attractive narrative, but when it happens ...

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CD REVIEW: Cool Rider

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Billed as the “cult sequel to grease” Cool Rider is in fact Grease 2 – reloaded. Revamped and given a new face, Cool Rider follows unlikely lovers Stephanie Zinone (Ashleigh Gray), leader of The Pink Ladies and English exchange student Michael Carrington (Aaron Sidwell) who quickly becomes smitten. After learning that Stephanie is looking for a devil ...

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