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Wonderland – Northern Stage, Newcastle

Writer: Beth Steel Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Chris Collett The 1984 to 1985 miner’s strike was one of the UK’s most bitterly fought industrial disputes. Pit communities were torn apart as some miners joined the picket lines, while others continued to work, becoming social pariahs. Beth Steel’s Wonderland tells the story of the strike from both the perspective of the ...

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Miss Nightingale – Hippodrome Casino Theatre, London

Writer/director: Matthew Bugg Reviewer: David Guest Saucy songs chock-full of innuendo threaten to drag a charming and interesting new-ish musical down to a smutty gutter where Kenneth Williams lurks with a nudge, a wink and a bawdy “Oooooh, matron!” This is an enormous shame because, at its simple and innocent heart, Miss Nightingale is a fresh and engaging British musical. It ...

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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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The Wedding Singer – The Grand, Leeds

Writer:  Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Stephen Brennan There’s a repeated joke towards the end of The Wedding Singer where fake versions of 1980’s icons are introduced, each time with a knowing wink to the audience inviting them to accept the pale imitation as the real thing. Unfortunately, for a ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Bristol Hippodrome

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Claire Hayes If it’s light-hearted escapist entertainment you’re after then the jazz age Thoroughly Modern Millie, with Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton asserting her musical theatre credentials in the title role, could just fit the bill. Be warned though, around the edges, ...

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NEWS: West End stars record charity EP for Great Ormond Street

Cynthia Erivo, Simon Bowman, Sophie Louise Dann, Shona White, Scott Garnham, Jodie Jacobs &Michael Xavier join a host of musical theatre stars to record festive charity EP; ‘A Very West End Christmas’. In a project of unprecedented scale, co-producers Darren Bell and Kris Rawlinson brought together almost fifty stars of musical theatre, after two months of planning, to record an ...

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STAGE SHOT: RENT – 20th Anniversary Concert new production images

New production photographs have been released for the new cast of the 20th Anniversary Production of Jonathan Larson's RENT which is currently undergoing a second tour of the UK. Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and ...

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