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Twelfth Night – The Globe, London

Le Gateux Chocolate in Twelfth Night

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty From about 10 seconds into Emma Rice’s last self-directed play for The Globe, you realise that some people are going to absolutely hate it. That realisation should also come with its mirror image - some will mark this up as an absolute triumph for Rice and the new creative wave she’s ...

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Billy Elliot – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book and Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer:  James Garrington Billy Elliot has been a long time coming to Birmingham – but now it’s on its first tour after a lengthy run in the West End, and it’s certainly been worth the wait. This is a show that ticks all the boxes. As the 1984/5 miners’ ...

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Billy Elliot The Musical – The Mayflower, Southampton

Director: Stephen Daldry Writer: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage There are some tales that quickly become a part of the collective cultural consciousness and it's as though they've always been with us. The story of Billy Elliot, the frustrated boy who becomes a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet is one of those. Stephen Daldry's 2000 film ...

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Billy Elliot – The Musical – The Palace, Manchester

Book and Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  The movie, Billy Elliot, was so close to perfect as to raise doubts as to whether adding songs could enhance the audience experience or result in a show that is bloated and unwieldy. Besides, musicals, by their nature, tend to be feel-good and so Billy Elliot, ...

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Billy Elliot The Musical – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer &Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton Jon Director: Stephen Daldry Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Universal Stage Productions, Working Title Films and Old Vic Production are presenting Billy Elliot on its first UK Tour following a recent successful run in London. Bradford’s Alhambra theatre is the only Yorkshire venue on this tour. Lee Hall’s musical is based on the ...

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Billy Elliot The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Director: Stephen Daldry Music: Elton John Book and Lyrics: Lee Hall Reviewer: Joseph Leigh   The audience's expectations as they enter the Theatre Royal Plymouth to see Billy Elliot The Musical could not be higher. Based on the multi-award winning film Billy Elliot and arriving with its own host of international accolades, this production's billing talks a talk that sets ...

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Volpone – Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: Ben Jonson Director: Trevor Nunn Reviewer: George Attwell Gerhards Volpone is a play which really has its finger on the pulse. Greed and wealth; institutionalised sexual assault hushed up by clandestine establishment forces including both the justice and finance system; concentration of power in select elites – Ben Jonson’s play is as much about 2015 as it is about ...

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