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A Little Princess – Royal Festival Hall, London

Book and Lyrics: Brian Crawley Music: Andrew Lippa Director: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Scott Matthewman France Hodgson Burnett’s novel A Little Princess may not be as popular as The Secret Garden but remains on many lists of classic children’s novels. Its tale of a kind-hearted rich girl at boarding school who is forced into servitude when her father dies having lost his entire ...

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West End Eurovision – Shaftesbury Theatre, London

Director: Gareth Hulance Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It has been four years since representatives from various West End musicals last got together to fundraise for HIV charity TheatreMAD with West End Eurovision. The idea is fairly straightforward: cast members from each show take a previous Eurovision finalist’s song and put their own spin on it. A trio of celebrity judges comment ...

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Grease – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Book, Music, and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Laura Hesketh Grease is the word as the touring revival of the smash-hit musical comes rockin' and rollin' to Bristol Hippodrome. Complete with hand jives, quiffs and swing skirts this new production, while underwhelming at times, is the perfect opportunity to take a nostalgic trip down memory ...

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Grease – Birmingham Hippodrome

The T-Birds

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The original production of Grease in Chicago in 1971 was a rather starker affair than audiences are used to today. As it evolved, and especially after the 1978 film version, which made several changes to the song list some of which filtered back into the ...

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Grease – The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Additional songs: Barry Gibb, John Farrer, Louis St Louis and Scott Simon Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Grease, the smash hit musical based in the heydey of rock ‘n’ roll, has been a phenomenal success since it burst on to the scene in the 1970s.  Although famous from its 1978 ...

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Grease- Liverpool Empire

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Victoria Morris Despite the controversial message that it portrays, Grease is a musical theatre “classic” which keeps drawing people back to see time and time again. However, with this current UK tour, it’s perhaps best this “beauty” drops out and goes back to the rehearsal room. Set at ...

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Grease – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Donna Kelly It’s safe to say that Grease is one of the most globally recognised and successful musicals of all time. Since its opening on Broadway in 1971, the smash-hit musical has enjoyed astounding success on Broadway and London’s West End, has toured throughout the world and ...

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27: The Rise of a Falling Star – Cockpit Theatre, London

Music, Book and Lyrics: Sam Cassidy Music: Matt Wills Directors: Arlene Phillips and Sam Cassidy Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s not often the glitterati are tempted away from the West End to a fringe theatre outside the bounds of Zone 1, but the opening night of 27: The Rise of a Falling Star had them flocking to the Cockpit Theatre north ...

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