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Funny Girl – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

woman in period costume sitting on sofa natasha barnes funny girl

Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  Laura Jayne Bateman Opening in Boston in 1963, Funny Girl was initially panned by critics and failed to win a single Tony Award after transferring to Broadway. However, after a run of over 1,000 performances, the musical was immortalised on film in 1968, starring ...

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Funny Girl – Liverpool Empire

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: John Roberts Sheridan Smith is a performer who, over the past few years, has had her own demons to quash and battled regularly with press intrusion, so it is no surprise that she brings real weight and gravitas to the role of Fanny ...

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Rocky Horror Show – New Theatre, Cardiff

Liam Tamne as Franknfurter. Image by Sean Webb

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Chris Williams "Back by popular demand" it says on the posters, Rocky Horror Show returns to Cardiff's New Theatre just months after stopping there in February this year, and if the rainy Monday audience is anything to go by “popular demand” is an understatement. Going strong for over 40 years and showing no signs ...

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Rocky Horror Show – Theatre Royal, Bath

Liam Tamne as Franknfurter. Image by Sean Webb

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Jess Rowe Forty-three years on from its debut performance at London’s Royal Court Theatre, The Rocky Horror Show continues to be a timeless theatrical experience for any theatre-goer. As well as recently receiving a FOX remake to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the motion picture cult classic, it is now on its 11th UK Tour ...

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Rocky Horror Show – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book/Lyrics/Music: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Choreographer: Nathan M Wright Reviewer:Dan English Despite debuting in 1973, Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show shows no sign of being caught in a Time Warp as it makes its stop at Dartford's Orchard Theatre. Christopher Luscombe's production sees innocent All-American couple Janet (Lauren Ingram) and Brad (Richard Meek) find themselves enter the debauched world ...

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Rocky Horror Show – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show

Book/Lyrics/Music: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall The Rocky Horror Show needs little introduction to most of us. Another revival of this 40 year old musical classic finds itself jumping all the way to the left to Stoke-on-Trent. Not much has changed in this latest adaptation but fans of the show will certainly take to the absurdity and ...

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The Rocky Horror Show – Liverpool Empire

Rocky Horror Show - Diana Vickers (Janet) and Liam Tamne (Frank-N-Furter) in Bed

Book/Music/Lyrics: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Roberts   The Rocky Horror Show isn’t known for its subtly, or its ability to stick to the strict code of conduct that theatregoers up and down the land have come to adhere too. Instead, this sexy, saucy and downright enjoyable musical takes those rules, sticks them firmly in its mouth (behave!) ...

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Rocky Horror Show – The New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show

Book, Music and Lyrics: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: James Garrington Since it was first performed in 1973, The Rocky Horror Show has been one of those shows that people either love or hate, finding it either hilariously funny or unnecessarily rude. Very much a cult musical, the show tells the story of newly engaged couple Brad and Janet, ...

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