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Simon Evans: Genius – Komedia, Brighton  

Writer/Performer: Simon Evans Reviewer: Simon Topping With Victorian sideburns and a tweed jacket, Simon Evans enters stage embodying his eccentric ideals. Evans is in transition from middle to old age and railing against the dumbing down of society; it is a position which he feels duty bound to adopt in a thought-provoking friendly, yet unapologetically curmudgeonly way.   Playing to a ...

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The Holy Vible Book Tour – Komedia, Brighton

Writer/Performer: Elis James and John Robins Reviewer: Simon Topping Triumphantly stomping onto the stage to Queen's Don't Stop me now, Elis James and John Robins greet the crowd with a fist pump to the air. Almost immediately Robins falters, he has eaten five vegan meals today and has just awoken from a short nap. He apologies if this gig is ...

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Laura Lexx – Trying:  Komedia, Brighton

Reviewer: Simon Topping Laura Lexx bounces on to the stage in the joyful knowledge of being on "home turf". The Brighton audience quickly warms to this likeable and funny performer as she begins to set out her stall and make us giggle in the process. Lexx starts with memories from her childhood in the early 1990s. Days camping with her ...

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Fame The Musical – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Book: José Fernandez Music: Steve Margoshes Lyrics: Jacques Levy Director/Choreographer: Nick Winton Reviewer: Jo Payne Born in the 80s, Fame the Musical is enjoying its 30th-anniversary tour after an incredibly successful run in a variety of media. A movie and a TV series preceded the musical and the show had a noughties remake more recently. However, this production stands firmly ...

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Evita – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Michael Hootman It’s hard to analyse exactly why this production of Evita doesn’t quite work; it does nothing obviously wrong and everyone involved seems perfectly competent. But it never soars or emotionally engages the viewer, and the hairs on the back of my neck remained steadfastly ...

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The Habit of Art – Theatre Royal,  Brighton

Writer: Alan Bennett Director: Philip Franks Reviewer: Michael Hootman The Habit of Art sees Alan Bennett stake his claim to the same theatrical territory inhabited by Tom Stoppard. Habit is very much a play of ideas. Or, to put it more bluntly, a play of too many ideas. It’s a play-within-a-play which examines the very idea of theatrical devices whilst ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Jo Payne First performed a mere 4 years ago, The Play That Goes Wrong has taken London, the UK and the world by storm. It is no surprise at all that this is the case as sometimes the most successful shows have the simplest concept. For this show, an ...

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Sasha Regan’s Iolanthe – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Cathy Swaby Gilbert and Sullivan’s uproarious satirical operetta Iolanthe is a must see this week at Brighton’s Theatre Royal, a somewhat miniature Savoy, the home of the 1882 original show, with its velvet Victorian interiors. Iolanthemay be antiquated but it is classic, and the mischievous references spark intrigue and tears of ...

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