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Annie – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Molly Knox Annie at the King’s Theatre presents a dynamic, sharp and vibrant production of a beloved story of a plucky orphan’s resolve and hope in finding her parents, in the face of greed, spite and bitterness. Director Nikolai Foster’s vision of the show is a similar ...

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Annie – Storyhouse, Chester

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: John Roberts There are not many individual productions that have had the same longevity of run and success that Nikolai Foster's production of Annie has secured. Originally opening at The West Yorkshire Playhouse (Now Leeds Playhouse) in 2011, the show then toured the UK before a residency ...

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula – Darlington Hippodrome

Adapted by Jenny King Director: Eduard Lewis Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite being the most famous monster of all time, as well as possessing frightening power and evil motivations, Count Dracula just isn’t scary anymore. Blame the numerous parodies and appearances in every conceivable medium from cartoons to cereal boxes, but Dracula has lost his bite. With this in mind, the ...

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Rock of Ages – Opera House, Manchester.

Book: Chris D'Arienzo Director/Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Sam Lowe Are you ready to rock? The audience at Manchester Opera House are, as this smash hit musical returns to the UK. Shaking the foundations of every theatre it lands in with it's "turned up to the max" music. Rock of Ages is an LA love story set to over 25 classic rock ...

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Heathers The Musical – Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Book, music and lyrics: Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe Director: Andy Fickman Reviewer: Stephen Bates When Veronica, the 17-year-old heroine of Heathers The Musical, gets trapped in a cow field, confronted by two threatening thugs, we feel inclined to ask why she does not pick up her mobile ‘phone. But this is 1989 and we quickly realise that curses can ...

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An Officer and a Gentleman – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Book: Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree This could be a show that splits its audience: those that know and love the film will likely be won over, but for those who don’t, the near-constant stream of 80s hits may or may not be enough to keep all onside. Douglas Day Stewart’s original ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Liverpool Empire

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book & lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Director:  Nikolai foster Reviewer:  Daryl Holden Hollywood: A place where dreams are made, but also where those dreams can meet their end. Perhaps this is true for none more so than the characters of Sunset Boulevard who, in this tale of love, lust and loneliness, shine a spotlight ...

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Sunset Boulevard – The New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book & lyrics: Don Black and Christopher Hampton Director: Nikolai foster Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Lights, camera action: the spotlight falls on 10086 Sunset Boulevard where a forgotten silent movie star reminisces about her glowing glory days. Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film, this glamorous Hollywood musical first opened in 1993 and still being in production ...

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