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Death Takes a Holiday – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book: Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Sutherland Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Death was exceptionally busy in 2016 and aside from the ongoing wars and natural disasters he also claimed an exceptionally high number of actors, musicians and celebrities. Understandably then, he’s in need of a bit of a rest and fortunately Maury Yeston, Thomas ...

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Ragtime – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book: Terence McNally Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Reviewer: Scott Matthewman EL Doctorow’s 1975 historical novel,Ragtime, set in the early years of the 20th Century, sees three (predominantly New York-based) communities – Harlem’s African-Americans, Jewish immigrants and a WASP family based in the genteel community of New Rochelle – intertwining with each other and a series of real-life figures ...

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Titanic – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer:Scott Matthewman It was, to begin with, a monument to luxury, but ended as a shrine to hubris. The largest ship in its existence at its launch, theRMS Titanicwas White Star Lines’ answer to Cunard’s dominance of transatlantic passenger routes. Unable to beat theLusitaniaandMauritaniafor speed, theTitanicwas part of a ...

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In the Bar of the Tokyo Hotel – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Robert Chevera Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   With Tennessee Williams, you want heat. You want intense emotional situations and you want characters railing against their surroundings, engaged in a futile battle against their own natures. Think of the meeting of Blanche and Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, she is repulsed by this ill-mannered lout but drawn ...

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The Rinse Cycle – Charing Cross Theatre, London

The cast of Rinse Cycle

Writers: Roger Mortimer, Richard Wagner Director: Lynn Binstock Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Richard Wagner’s epic opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen, is designed to be performed over four successive nights, resulting in a total of 15 to 16 hours’ worth of opera set in a mythical landscape filled with gods, giants, dwarfs and the occasional mortal. Unexpected Opera set themselves a ...

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The Tinderbox – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Mandy Holliday as the Old Witch in The Tinderbox at London's Charing Cross Theatre

Writer: Hans Christian Andersen Adaptor: Mandy Holliday Director: Abbi Pickard Price Choreographer: Lily Hone Above our heads, trains rumble to the southern suburbs. and on the compact Charing Cross stage, beyond the footlights, giant untitled tomes, which double inventively as doors and windows, with more books, pop-up this time, for the tree-tops. Mandy Holliday's take on The Tinderbox is some ...

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Piaf- Charing Cross Theatre, London

Production image of Piaf

Writer:Pam Gems Director:Jari Laakso Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh Piaf tells the story of the once legendary woman Edith Piaf (played to perfection by Cameron Leigh), whose life, relatively short at just forty-seven was full of more drama than one cares to imagine. Raised in a brothel by her grandmother, following her mother’s abandonment at birth, she is understandably common, uncouth, and ...

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