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End of the Rainbow – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Gary Wilmot as Anthony, Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland and Sam Attwater as Mickey in End of the Rainbow.

Writer: Peter Quilter Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   There is little doubt that Judy Garland was one of the 20th Century’s most engaging performers – or that the somewhat erratic performance style, particularly late in life, was both fuelled by, and a result of, the drug regime to which she was addicted. Starting from her early days in ...

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Rambert: 3 Dancers – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Ballet Rambert The Strange Charm of Mother Nature

Choreographers: Didy Veldman, Mark Baldwin, Kim Brandstrup Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   Pablo Picasso’s 1925 painting The Three Dancers provides the inspiration for Didy Veldman’s work for six dancers, one of three showcased at Aylesbury (Rambert’s current tour features a trio of routines at each venue, selected from seven in the dance company’s current repertoire). The portrait of three figures, hands ...

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The Glenn Miller Story – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Tommy Steele as Glenn Miller in the Glenn Miller Story

Director: Bob Tomson Choreographer: Bill Deamer Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When Major Glenn Miller’s plane disappeared in fog somewhere over the English Channel in 1944, en route from an RAF airbase to Paris, the 40-year-old trombonist and band leader was already a household name. In the 70 years since his status has risen to legendary levels. Perhaps the only surprise about ...

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Dick Whittington – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre presents Dick Whittington with Sam Bailey Andy Collins and Melanie Masson

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Chris Nelson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   Opening with a video that extols the virtue of 300 years of pantomime tradition, referencing producer First Family Entertainment’s desire to bring big Hollywood names to enliven the genre, is a bold move in a venue whose headline stars are both best known from The X Factor. Thankfully, while 2013 ...

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Thriller Live, Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

The cast of Thriller Live

Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the later years of Michael Jackson's career, his offstage life tended to overshadow the huge cultural legacy his music – first as the juvenile lead of the Jackson 5, later as one of the world's most successful solo acts – left the world. From the late 1960s until his death in ...

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Tosca – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Vasyl Vasylenko Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It takes some chutzpah to make an opera's tragic heroine – one whose demise ultimately provides the climax to the whole three-act piece – such a ridiculous figure in the opening act as Floria Tosca. A paranoid, mistrustful figure who becomes convinced her artist lover Cavaradossi is seeing ...

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East is East – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Writer: Ayub Khan Din Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Ayub Khan Din’s autobiographical play East is East is heading for its 20th anniversary next year with this touring production of the Trafalgar Studios’ recent revival. For most of the audience, it may be their first experience with the story in play form, with many having maybe seen the exemplary ...

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Avenue Q – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book: Jeff Whitty Director: Cressida Carré Reviewer: Scott Matthewman For over four decades, children have been brought up with TV programmes such asSesame Streettelling them that they are special, that they can grow up to be whoever they want to be.Avenue Qtakes that premise, and uses the same technique of a human/puppet ...

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