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The Ladykillers – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Michael Grove  Forget Alec Guinness. Forget Tom Hanks. This is an ingenious stage version of William Rose's classic Ealing comedy, penned by Graham (Father Ted) Linehan and first seen in 2011. Despite its cinematic origins, it is at heart a good old-fashioned farce, lacking only the manic inevitability of the best of that ...

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The Ladykillers – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Paul Couch While the original Ealing comedy upon which it’s based was produced in 1955, a passing reference to the start of the Suez Crisis places Peter Rowe’s production of Graham Linehan’s 2011 adaptation of The Ladykillers a year later than that in 1956. Mrs Wilberforce, an elderly and eccentric widow, lives alone in ...

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Dick Whittington – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Musical director: Andy Booth Reviewer: Janet Jepson     “There is nothing you can name, that is anything like a Dame” – so goes the famous lyric, but in Dick Whittington at The Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield this rings so true! Damian Williams is an excellent dame in the guise of the coarse, raucous Dolly ...

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Hairspray – The Curve, Leicester

Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: James Garrington Hairspray must surely be one of the great feel-good musicals, up there with the likes of Mamma Mia! Based on the 1988 film, it is set in 1962 Baltimore, and is a tale of acceptance winning over discrimination. Once ...

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Being Tommy Cooper – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Tom Green Director: Cecily Boys Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3.5] Tommy Cooper is, of course, a comedy legend. His perfectly crafted shambolic comedy magic act was familiar to all and a delight to watch. However, he had a darker side that his comedy persona masked. Tom Green’s new play for Franklin Productions seeks to re-imagine and explore Cooper’s connection with ...

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