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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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Awful Auntie – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writer: David Walliams Adapter and Director: Neal Foster Reviewer: Simon Topping What is immediately apparent about Birmingham Stage Company’s adaptation of David Walliams’ Children’s classic Awful Auntie is the beautifully crafted and atmospheric set.  Designed by Jacqueline Trousdale, four fabulous rotating turrets represent Saxby Hall, the family stately home where all the action takes place.  Used to perfection, these towers ...

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BRIGHTON BITES: Don’t Worry Be Yoncé (XS edition)

Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty - often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England's largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events ...

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BRIGHTON BITES: The Fabulous Bäckström Brothers

Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty - often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England's largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events ...

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