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Kiss Me, Kate – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern in Kiss Me Kate

Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Kiss Me, Kate revolves around the most controversial of Shakespeare’s plays, The Taming of the Shrew. Created by Cole Porter, it premiered on Broadway in 1948and won the inaugural Tony Award for Best Musical. A successful film version followed in 1953, and the ...

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Welsh National Opera: Sweeney Todd – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: James Brining Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: John Roberts This Welsh National Opera revival of Dundee Rep's production (which was also revived for a run by The Royal Exchange and West Yorkshire Playhouse) somehow manages to lose the intensity and grittiness inherent in Sondheim’s powerful musical. Director James Brining takes the story away from ...

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Opera North: Kiss Me, Kate – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Samuel and Bella Spewack Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Conductor: David Charles Abell Reviewer: Donna Kelly   Following their five-star production of Carousel in 2012, Opera North returns to the world of Broadway with a brand new production of hit musical Kiss Me, Kate. Written by Samuel and Bella Spewack, with music and lyrics by Cole ...

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WNO: Sweeney Todd – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: James Brining Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: Megan Pearce Sweeney Todd seems an entirely suitable addition to the Welsh National Opera’s Madness season. The show commences in a mental asylum. There are TVs and modern gadgets showing they're setting the piece in a different time. A quote from Neil Kinnock about the election in 1983 ...

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Annie – Opera House, Manchester

The cast of Annie

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Donna Kelly When Annie first burst onto Broadway in 1977, the brassy American musical won over hearts of theatregoers across the world with a record six-year run at the Alvin Theatre, scooping a Tony Award for Best Musical. Over 38 years later, the award-winning musical is continuing ...

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Annie – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Musical Director: George Dyer Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Over the years, some musicals gain an unfair reputation for being saccharine sweet confections. Often the fault lies with film adaptations of the original stage material, the hard edges of the live performance softened for cinema audiences. It’s a fate ...

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Annie – Mayflower, Southampton

Book by: Thomas Meehan Directed by: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Annie, a much-loved family musical, tells the story of an orphan who wants nothing more than to find her parents. When Annie is invited to stay at Billionaire Oliver Warbucks home for Christmas, the pair find in each other what they have been missing all along; love. Their new ...

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Yer Granny – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Based on La Nona by Roberto Cossa. In a new version by Douglas Maxwell Director: Graham McLaren Reviewer: Caitriona M. Reilly The National Theatre of Scotland returns to Belfast with their production of Yer Granny. Based on La Nona by Roberto Cossa, this is a new version written by Douglas Maxwell. The premise of the play is basically a ...

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