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Annie – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Musical Director: George Dyer Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Over the years, some musicals gain an unfair reputation for being saccharine sweet confections. Often the fault lies with film adaptations of the original stage material, the hard edges of the live performance softened for cinema audiences. It’s a fate ...

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Inala – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Composer: Ella Spira Choreographer: Mark Baldwin Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Inala, the fusion of four-time, Grammy Award-winning, South African choral superstars Ladysmith Black Mambazo and current and former dancers from the Royal Ballet and Rambert returns to Scotland a year after its critically acclaimed debut at the Edinburgh International Festival. Eschewing a linear narrative, it aims to evoke the spirit of ...

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Jack and the Beanstalk – The Birmingham Hippodrome

Writers: Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh Director: Michael Harrison Reviewer: James Garrington When you regularly announce yourself as “Britain’s Biggest Pantomime”, you are setting expectations that many producers would find hard to live up to in reality. When the producer that makes this bold claim is Qdos, and the venue is the Hippodrome, then actually it’s a pretty safe bet ...

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Aladdin – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Ed Curtis Musical Director: Andy Pickering Choreographer: Stillie Dee Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald As the festive season hits full swing, Edinburgh’s favourite variety triplet return to the King’s Theatre in Aladdin, showing they are an entertainment force that is difficult to beat. Telling the classic story of the pauper from Peking who’s luck changes when he finds a magic lamp ...

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The Hired Man – St James Theatre, London

Book: Melvyn Bragg Music and Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Nikolai Foster Musical Director: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Glen Pearce   There are moments when history and theatre collide to create a moment of intense resonance. Howard Goodall’s The Hired Man covers an epic sweep of Cumbrian history but, in this Centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, this ...

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The Memory of Water – The New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Shelagh Stephenson Director: Nikolia Foster Reviewer: Kelly-Ann Dawes The Memory of Water is a humorous and unique production. It originally won the Olivier award for best new comedy in 2000, voted UK play of the year in 2001 and was later adapted into film (Before You Go in 2002.) The Memory of Water is about three sisters being joined ...

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Our House – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music: Madness Book: Tim Firth Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Dai Watts Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:2.5] The power of musical theatre is that it can be endless re-conceived. A recent trend has been to take large blockbuster productions and give them a small-scale, chamber musical makeover. One popular way of downsizing is to combine cast and orchestra. It’s a technique ...

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West Side Story – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Jo Beggs [Rating:5.0] Take seventy-five supremely talented young people from across the UK, throw them into the theatrical hothouse that is the National Youth Music Theatre and offer them an amazing Manchester warehouse to play with for a few nights. What better thing could happen than West ...

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