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Hair the Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Book / Lyrics: Gerome Ragni and James Rado Music: Galt MacDermot Reviewer: Helen Tope It’s 1967 and the Hippie Movement is at its height. Young Americans, disappointed and disillusioned, are seeking a different path. Rather than live out the lives of their parents, they want to live freely, with no limits or expectations. We meet a group of hippies, co-habiting under one ...

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A Beautiful Noise – The Lowry, Salford

Musical Director: David Mackay Performer: Fisher Stevens In January of this year, singer/songwriting legend, Neil Diamond sadly announced his retirement from touring due to his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. Those lucky enough to see him live (myself included) were treated to a fantastic show from a prolific songwriter, those who didn’t, missed out on something truly special. However, fear not because ...

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Flashdance: The Musical  – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Tom Hedley Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Lauren Maughan Get your leotards and legwarmers at the ready because you’re about to be transported back to the 1980s with Flashdance – The Musical. This feel-good extravaganza will have you dancing in the aisles and signing along to songs that make you smile. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to an ...

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Dirty Dancing – Winter Gardens, Blackpool

man and woman embracing while couples dance in background

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Reviewer: Marie Smith Everyone knows the classic movie Dirty Dancing and this current UK tour brings that story to stage fantastically. It’s the summer of 1963, America was still innocent and families spent quality time together. Sweet 17-year-old Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman, played by Katie Hartland, goes on a family holiday in New York’s Catskill ...

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Dirty Pakistani Lingerie– The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Aizzah Fatima Director: Erica Gould Reviewer: Holly Sharp   Airing 65 minutes of dirty laundry, or in this case ‘lingerie’, Aizzah Fatima’s Dirty Pakistani Lingerie comes clutching several awards, glowing reviews and an impressive array of passport stamps, landing in Manchester after a substantial tour across America, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, and an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe. Fatima performs ...

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story – Civic Theatre, Rotherham

Producers: Maple Tree Entertainment Ltd Directors: David Beck and Dean Elliott Musical Supervision: Dean Elliott Reviewer: Janet Jepson No one should mess around with Simon and Garfunkel music, the unique mix of folk/rock ballad that is associated with the duo has a style that is all its own. For a teen of the Seventies who crossed the ‘troubled water’ of ...

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West Side Story – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Choreographer: Joey McKneely (from original choreography by Jerome Robbins) Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Joan Phillips What happens when you mix young, testosterone charged youths, with guns, knives, fear, hatred, prejudice, poverty and romantically involved lovers from opposing gangs? All it takes is one tiny spark to light the tinder and the ...

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Dylan Thomas: Return Journey – Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Bob Kingdom Original Direction: Anthony Hopkins Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4] “Good evening, culture vultures.” A single black podium, barely distinguishable from the black set, stands alone on an empty stage. With his polka dot bowtie, blue deck shoes (for a quick getaway), big hair and a red nose, Bob Kingdom as the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas is vaguely clown-esque ...

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