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Knights of the Rose – Arts Theatre, London

Creator: Jennifer Marsden Director and choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer: Stephen Bates Perhaps it is inevitable that Game of Thrones: The Musical, will hit our stages one day, but, in the meantime, we have to make do with this fusion of classic rock anthems and a tale of heroism, bloodletting and tepid romance, set in a medieval kingdom where knights brandish ...

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Ruthless! the Musical – Arts Theatre, London

Music: Marvin Laird Book and Lyrics: Joel Paley Director: Richard Fitch Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Watching off-Broadway comedy Ruthless! the Musical as it makes its central London debut, it’s hard to decide if one is watching a good musical pretend to be awful, or a truly terrible piece of theatre that’s decided to lean into its shortcomings. It’s certainly one which ...

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NEWS: New rock musical, Knights of the Rose, heading for London

London looks set for a rockin’ good Summer of 2018. With Jim Steinman’s  Bat Out of Hell shortly to be taking up residence at the Dominion Theatre, it has just been announced that, a short walk down Charing Cross Road at the Arts Theatre, another rock musical is on the way. The show is Knights of the Rose and this ...

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All or Nothing: The Mod Musical  – Arts Theatre, London

Writer/Director: Carol Harrison Reviewer: Richard Maguire Some definitions may come in useful for this musical based on the story of 60s band, The Small Faces: a ‘bird’ is a young woman, a ‘sort’ is a good-looking woman, ‘Hayley Mills’ are pills, amphetamines to be precise, while a ‘face’ is one of the Mod elite. After seeing All or Nothing, you’ll ...

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The Toxic Avenger – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Joe DiPietro and David Bryan Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Richard Maguire Finally, the 2016 Southwark Playhouse production of The Toxic Avenger gets its London transfer. Based on the cult classic film of 1984, this musical, penned by the writers who gave us the underrated Memphis the Musical, is chaotic, messy and irreverent – to quote some of its lyrics, ‘it kicks ass, ...

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The Ruby Slippers – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Emma Culshaw and David Paul Director: Craig Ryder Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Is tolerance much harder when it’s someone you know? In theory rights and freedoms are all very well, especially when they don’t affect your day-to-day life but if someone you care about decides to live an alternative lifestyle, is that harder to accept? Emma Culshaw and David Paul’s ...

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Dirty Great Love Story – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna Director: Pia Furtado Reviewer: Deborah Parry A bloke once said the 'course of true love never runs smoothly' and, hundreds of years later, Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna bring us a play which illustrates that this is still very much true and that exploring the subject on stage still entertains. The plot of Dirty Great ...

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The Giant’s Loo Roll – The Arts Theatre, London

Writer:Nicholas Allan Adaptor : James Worthington Director: James Worthington Music by: Kate Lindsey Lyrics by James Worthington Reviewer: Deborah Parry Have you ever asked yourself what would happen if a Giant misplaced his loo roll? How the inhabitants of a village would react to having it dropped on their heads? No? Well…luckily for us, author Nicholas Allan has and luckily ...

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