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Blues in the Night – Kiln Theatre, London

Creator and original director: Sheldon Epps Director: Susie McKenna Reviewer: Stephen Bates Not seen in London for 30 years, Sheldon Epps’ anthology of a couple of dozen or so blues songs, some very familiar, many not, gets a sizzling makeover that should lead to someone penning “The Why So Long? Blues”. Denied any running narrative and given only vaguely drawn ...

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In the Willows – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Book: Poppy Burton-Morgan  Lyrics: Keiran Merrick and Poppy Burton-Morgan  Music: Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick  Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Kenneth Grahame’s beloved children’s novel The Wind in the Willows has had many visits to the theatre before, with at least eleven distinct stage adaptations, from A A Milne’s Toad of Toad Hall, via a National Theatre adaptation by ...

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In the Willows – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book and Lyrics: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Pippa Cleary Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music and Lyrics: Keiran Merck Designer: William Reynolds Reviewer: Gareth Davies Kenneth Grahame might very well be spinning in his grave. Which needn’t be a bad thing, if he takes his moves from the dance battle which marks the decisive climax of this hip-hop treatment of his pastoral children’s ...

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In The Willows – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Pippa Cleary and Keiran Merrick Lyrics: Keiran Merrick and Poppy Burton-Morgan Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Nicole Craft Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows, like it or loathe it, certainly fits the bill of ‘Classic Children’s Novel’. First published well over a hundred years ago yet still many-a-child’s bedtime story memory, a reimagining of any nature is ...

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In the Willows – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: Poppy Burton-Morgan Music: Pippa Cleary Music & Lyrics: Keiran Merrick Director: Poppy Burton-Morgan Reviewer: Margarita Shivarova Exeter Northcott Associate Company, Metta Theatre, brings to life the classic story of The Wind in the Willows through an energetic performance for all ages. The contemporary spin-off features a relatable story, some well-known faces coupled with modern rhythms and laughs. Based on ...

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Aladdin – Hackney Empire, London

Writer/Director: Susie McKenna Reviewer: Richard Maguire There ain’t nothing like a dame, and, frankly, there’s one no quite like Clive Rowe, who lights up Christmas once again, this time as Widow Twanky. Under the direction of Susie McKenna the Hackney Empire pantomime is now in its 20thyear and is as much of a feature as Christmas as mince pies and ...

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Guys and Dolls in Concert – Royal Albert Hall, London

Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser Book: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows Director: Stephen Mear Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Frank Loesser’s musical, based on the stories and characters created by Damon Runyon, is officially subtitled “a musical fable of Broadway”. And with its portrayal of a New York criminal underbelly where the worst crime is to hold an illegal dice game verging ...

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Me and My Girl – Chichester Festival Theatre

Music: Noel Gay Revised Book: Stephen Fry and Mike Ockrent Director Daniel Evans Reviewer: Steve Turner Tension is running high at Hareford Hall, the Earl has died and the long search for an heir has finally borne fruit.  Imagine their horror then, when they find out that the heir is cockney costermonger Bill Snibson. The indignation of some of the ...

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