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La Fille Mal Gardee – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Choreography: Frederick Ashton Music: Ferdinand Herold (adapted and arranged by John Lanchbery) Reviewer: Helen Tope One of the oldest ballets in the world, La Fille Mal Gardee (The Wayward Daughter), is an 18th-Century wonder, re-imagined to create a timeless tale. Seen here in its Frederick Ashton revival, La Fille tells the story of village girl Lise. Living with her mother, ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty -Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Marius Petipa, Peter Wright Reviewer: Helen Tope A ballet with an unrivalled pedigree, Sleeping Beauty is the classic everyone knows. The challenge, when taking on this production, is how to stop a classic turning into a cliché. The story of Princess Aurora, put to sleep by a witch’s curse, has plenty of scope for darkness beneath the glamour. ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Nikolai Foster Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book / Lyrics: Don Black / Christopher Hampton Reviewer: Helen Tope Evocative and darkly glamorous, Sunset Boulevard is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most unlikely hit. A fading beauty, hanging onto former glories; infatuation that sours into obsession and deceit. Sunset Boulevard is a musical set in a minor key, and every black note is ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music / Lyrics: Marc Shaiman / Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Helen Tope Hairspray is a musical that moves to its own beat. Born rebellious, the musical derived from John Waters’ 1988 film, is a tale of inequality, difference and why we should care. In 2018, against a background of ...

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Elf – The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin Music / Lyrics: Matthew Sklar / Chad Beguelin Reviewer: Helen Tope Elf - The Musical tells the story of Buddy, a larger-than-life elf working in Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. When Buddy accidentally learns of his true identity, he goes to New York to find his biological father. Not even bothering to change ...

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Keep Dancing – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Director: Emma Rogers Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Highly energetic Jives, smooth Waltzes, fiery Tangos and comedic Charleston routines are entertaining audiences up and down the country over the weekends with the much-anticipated return of Strictly Come Dancing. And now former pros Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis, along with 2012 winner and Olympian Louis Smith, are among a cast bringing the ballroom ...

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The Songbook of Judy Garland – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Director: Christopher Manoe Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen She is a Hollywood great, a true icon, and a talent whose magic on screen and stage is as powerful now as it was years ago. Safe to say then, that portraying and celebrating the achievements of the one and only Judy Garland is no easy task. And yet The Songbook of Judy Garland ...

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Disney On Ice: Worlds of Fantasy – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Creative Director/Writer: Jerry Bilik Choreography: Sarah Kawahara &Cindy Stuart Director: Patty Vincent Reviewer: John Roberts Feld Entertainment once again bring their Disney on Ice family show to the Echo Arena as part of their new Worlds of Fantasy Tour. The concept is simple take four well known and loved Disney/Pixar films condense them into small bite size segments tied together ...

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