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Fantastic Mr Fox – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: Sam Holcroft Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Jay Nuttall  “No-one outfoxes a fox”. It’s an adage that is at the heart of Roald Dahl’s beloved tale – pardon the pun.  But when Mr Fox isn’t quite as fantastic as he once was – besieged by his nemesis and minus his bushy tail – he’s going to need ...

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Hir – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Taylor Mac Director: Nadia Fall Reviewer: Maryam Philpott We are all shaped, to some extent, by our parents and the behaviours we observe growing up. Whatever our concept of home, it is somehow combined with the characteristics of that family life, familiar, embedded and, we hope, unchanging. How disturbing then to return home from several years absence to find ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Roald Dahl (adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft) Music: Arthur Darvill Lyrics: Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft, Al Muriel Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Helen Tope Dead birds and boozy farmers; Fantastic Mr Fox starts off with a bang. Stuffed full of cruelty and avarice, this production bears all the hallmarks of Roald Dahl’s novel. Adapted by Sam ...

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Fantastic Mr Fox – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Greg Barnett as Fantastic Mr Fox

Adaptor: Sam Holcroft from the book by Roald Dahl Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Dominic Corr ‘As cunning as a fox‘, that’s what they say, isn’t it? Fantastic Mr. Fox is the latest of Dahl’s classics to move from page to screen and onto the stage. Though, is our titular fox truly as cunning as the phrase would lay claim? Our opening ...

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Treasure Island: National Theatre Live Broadcast – Gala Theatre, Durham

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson, Stage adaptation by Bryony Lavery Director: Polly Findlay Music: Dan Jones Reviewer: Anna Ambelez The National Theatre launched the ground breaking of idea of live broadcasts over five years ago, which have proved a wonderful opportunity for people across the globe to see a big stage production, live in their own town. Buried treasure, parrots, maps, ...

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Once the Musical – Phoenix Theatre, London

Book: Enda Walsh Music &Lyrics: Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova Director: John Tiffany Reviewer: Joanna Trainor “It’s magic,” but not in the usual sense of a musical. There are no jazz hands, big tap numbers or sequined costumes, but the simplicity of Enda Walsh’s s story of two people brought together by their pain and hoovers, makes Once the Musical ...

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PREVIEW – Once Musical ( #OnceSecretGig)

Reporter: Joanna Trainor [nggallery id=11] After receiving six Olivier Award nominations last week, Once the musical has just undergone a cast change. A perfect time to invite various press and journalists to watch them perform four songs and take part in a quick Q&A at their home the Phoenix Theatre. The most notable change is that the rôle of Guy, ...

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Our Boys – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: Jonathan Lewis Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Director David Grindley’s first London job was as an ASM on the original 1993 award-winning production of Jonathan Lewis’ army hospital-based Our Boys; so there is a pleasing circularity to him being the director of the play’s first West End revival. Set in Ward 9 Bay 4 of the Queen ...

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