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Noughts and Crosses – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writer: Malorie Blackman Adaptor: Sabrina Mahfouz Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Michael Gray This ambitious new adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Malorie Blackman’s seminal Young Adult dystopian masterpiece has a tough job on its hands; It has to make the story accessible and immediate to those who’ve read the books and those who haven’t. A whole alternative society, divided, we quickly ...

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Bring on the Bollywood – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Sâmir Bhamra Composers: Devesh Sodha Director: Sâmir Bhamra Choreographers: Leena Patel, Subhash Viman, Sonia Sabri Reviewer: Michael Gray A colourful tribute to the Bollywood genre, this big-hearted show explodes onto the Hornchurch stage in a riot of song and dance, gorgeous costumes and songs from the big screen. A little bit camp, a little bit kitsch, but great uncomplicated fun ...

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La Strada – The HOUSE,Birmingham REP

Music: Benji Bower Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: John Kennedy It’s sixty-three years on from La Strada’s original cinematic release, Fellini’s Oscar-winning saccharine neo-realism road trip saga of poverty, abandonment and innocence betrayed. For auteurs, let alone dedicated fans, this stage adaptation might suggest risqué impertinence. Together with composer, Benji Bower’s live music arrangements of Nino Rota’s original songs and score, there’s a ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Walter and Ruth sat at kitchen table

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun may have been written in 1959 but the questions it raises about family relationships, poverty and the dream of bettering oneself by owning your own home ring as true today as they did then. This is the story of the Younger family and ...

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NEWS: The Last Five Years to lead New Wolsey 15th birthday season

Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre have today [23 October] announced their Spring 2016 15th Birthday Season. Headlining the season is a new production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. Recently turned into a film, the musical tells the story of a passionate love affair but with one side of the story played in chronological order, the other played backwards. ...

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INTERVIEW: Thom Southerland on The Smallest Show On Earth

He's the golden boy of musical theatre, gaining a reputation for re-imaginingmega large-scale musicals for studio spaces. Parade, State Fair, Titanic and Grand Hotel are already under Thom Southerland's belt, but now he brings his new adaptation on The Smallest Show On Earth to the stage. Ahead of the tour opening at Colchester's Mercury Theatre, Southerland spoke to Paul Couch ...

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La Traviata – Tricycle Theatre, London

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Robin Norton-Hale Orchestration: Harry Blake Director: Robin Norton-Hale Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Since their outstanding debut production of La Boheme in 2009, OperaUpClose have established themselves as a force to be reckoned. Far from the elitist image of the Grand Opera, founders Robin Norton-Hale, Adam Spreadbury-Maher and Ben Cooper managed to do the unthinkable – accessible fringe ...

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