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Spamalot – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Music: John Du Prez, Eric Idle Book and Lyrics: Eric Idle Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Pete Benson After the demise of Monty Python’s Flying Circus all of the Pythons branched out and went onto huge success in various aspects of the entertainment industry. Eric Idle was always the musical one as demonstrated in his mockumentary The Rutles. Here he teams ...

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Music and Lyrics: Paul Simon Director: David Beck Reviewer: Pete Benson The Simon and Garfunkel Story is a one hundred percent top quality show. It is a bit more than a tribute band but it is not a full blown jukebox musical. Actors Dean Elliott and Jonny Smart play Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel respectively. Smart plays the arguably less ...

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Miracle on 34th Street – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

The cast of Miracle on 34th Street

Music, Book and Lyrics: Meredith Willson Choreographer: Richard Jones Musical Director: Ben Holder Director: Paul Taylor Mills Reviewer: Pete Benson The Miracle on 34th Street musical is based on the 1947 film of the same name which has become an iconic Christmas perennial. The key to the success of the movie is the performance of Edmund Gwenn as the man ...

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Thriller Live, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Pete Benson The seeds of Thriller Live were arguably nurtured out of love and passion when Adrian Grant set up the British Michael Jackson Fan Club. This took him on an amazing journey meeting Jackson, writing several books about him and then staging an annual Michael Jackson tribute show. With approval from the man himself that ...

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Dial M for Murder, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Frederick Knott Director: Lucy Bailey Reviewer: Pete Benson Dial M for Murder is a murder mystery play written by Frederick Knott which was then thrust onto the international stage by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 film starring Ray Milland and Grace Kelly in the lead rôles. Even though the play is now over sixty years old, the director Lucy Bailey does ...

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The Johnny Cash Roadshow – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Reviewer: Pete Benson The great Johnny Cash’s career spanned nearly half a century until his death in 2003. Commonly he was associated with the country music scene but he had much success in other genres. Known as The Man in Black because of his on stage attire his path traversed stardom, serious drug dependence, brushes with the law and eventually ...

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The Two Worlds of Charlie F – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Writer: Owen Sheers Director: Stephen Rayne Reviewer: Pete Benson The dimly lit set is sparse, a simple screen. The sound of a helicopter roars above our heads. Then all hell is let loose, loud explosions and a blinding flash and on the screen is projected the shadow of an injured soldier in a hospital bed. He is violent, paranoid and ...

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Tonight’s the Night – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Book: Ben Elton Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Pete Benson Unless you are already a Rod Stewart fan this show is going to remind you just what a talent the man is. Tonight’s the Night is really an excuse to string together a selection of Rod’s many hits and given that, you might expect the plot to be wafer thin. ...

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