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The Mikado – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Director: Jeff Clarke Revival Director: Jenny Arnold Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Michael Gray The Mikado was always a fashion statement. All things Japanese were the rage in 1880s London, and Liberty's, no less, dressed the original production at the Savoy. So it is absolutely appropriate that Gilbert's tale of the cheap tailor turned executioner should start in a sweat-shop, ...

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The Mikado -The Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Music: Arthur Sullivan Lyrics: W.S. Gilbert Musical Director: Ben Holder Reviewer: Sue Collier This production of The Mikado was due to start at 7:30pm, but it was only at this point that the auditorium was opened to the public and an amusing explanation announced, namely that the stage curtains would not close. The outcome of this problem turned out to ...

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La Traviata – Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Composer: Guiseppe Verdi English translation and director: Jane McCulloch Reviewer: Jonathan Baz [rating:2.5] Opera UK’s La Traviata is an ambitious production from this modest but energetic company. Verdi’s tragic work, one of the most well known in the canon, paints an epic tale of honour, sacrifice and love. Grand tales however demand a grand staging and with the relatively cavernous ...

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