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Sinbad: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer &Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Ben Goddard Choreographer: Darragh O’Leary Reviewer: Paul Pearce Couch Well done, Peter Rowe – the Big Seven (Cinderella, Puss in Boots, Jack &The Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty, Babes In The Wood, Aladdin, and Snow White) have been jostled aside for something a little more – quite literally – adventurous for this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll ...

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Made In Dagenham – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

The Cast Of Made In Dagenham

Writer: Richard Bean Composer: David Arnold Lyricist: Richard Thomas Director: Douglas Rintoul Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Michael Gray   Vintage Fords flock to Hornchurch for the homecoming opening of this first major revival of the 2014 musical Made In Dagenham. It’s based on the film of a few years earlier, which embroiders the story of the Dagenham machinists’ 1968 ...

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Jackie the Musical – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Musical Director: Dan de Cruz Choreographer: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Janet Jepson If you are female, grew up in the sixties, seventies or eighties and lived for boys and pop music, then chances are, you were a Jackie fan. Jackie was the magazine to read, and two complete generations of teenage girls thrived on its ...

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Aladdin – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

The cast of Aladdin at The Queen's Theatre Hornchurch

Writer: Nicholas Pegg Music and lyrics: Carol Sloman Director: Matt Devitt Musical Director: Dan de Cruz Reviewer: Michael Gray Here be dragons … Mark Walters’ fairy-tale designs for this year’s panto at the Queen’s are charminglyOriental, with dragons around the proscenium, on the cloths and even projected onto the auditorium carpet and the walls. There are lovely ruins in the ...

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PREVIEW: New Wolsey a Big Spender with Sweet Charity

The Rhythm Of Life may be surging through their veins, but when you’re not only having to learn the lines for an iconic musical, remember the choreography, and having to play multiple instruments, it’s a juggling act of talents. Paul Couch spoke to cast members Katie Birtill, James Haggie, and Dan De Cruz. For the cast of Sweet Charity, opening ...

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Beauty And The Beast – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Rowe Director:Rob Salmon Musical Director: Ben Goddard Choreographer: Scarlett Douglas Reviewer: Michael Gray   Peter Rowe’s latest Rock’n’Roll panto,directed by Rob Salmon,takes the Beauty and the Beast fairytale,with itsgenerous slug of Cinderella, and serves with generous measures of great music – all performed by ten phenomenally talented actor-musicians. That’s the Wolsey tradition, as are live sound effects from ...

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INTERVIEW: Inside the New Wolsey’s Beauty & The Beast rehearsal room

It may only be mid-November, but for the cast of the New Wolsey Theatre’s Beauty and The Beast rehearsals are already wellunder wayfor the festive production. Glen Pearce sneaked into the rehearsal room to see how the show was shaping up. Rehearsals for a New Wolsey panto are always slightly different from the norm. There’s not many panto rehearsal rooms ...

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Dick Whittington: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Rob Salmon Musical Director: Ben Goddard Choreographer: Ally Holmes Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4] Not exactly an austerity panto, but this Dick Whittington is set in the grey postwar world of the 1950s. Diego Pitarch’s inspired design has an illuminated Mansion House tube sign, and the tiled walls of the London Underground. There’s a red phone box ...

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