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Tickle: The Musical – King’s Head Theatre, London

Book, Music, Lyrics: Chris Burgess  Director: Robert McWhir Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty At various times the music, the performers and the storyline all threaten to elevate this show from a feeling of forced fun to something genuinely entertaining, but just don’t quite have the push to follow through. Whether based on a true story or not, the story feels made up, ...

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Elixir of Love – Kings Head Theatre, London

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti Writers: Chris Harris and David Eaton Director: Hannah Noone Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Updated in many ways, the new version from Chris Harris and David Eaton sets out to prove sincerity still triumphs, even in (fairly) contemporary times. It’s quirky, interesting, and, under direction from Hannah Noone, a lot of fun. Transported from Italian fields to Wales’ Barry ...

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Carmen – King’s Head Theatre, London

Librettists: Mary Franklin, Ashley Pearson Director: Mary Franklin Musical Director: Juliane Gallant Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty All credit must go, once again, to the King’s Head for its mission to open opera up to those who see it as something for someone else. This version of Carmen from co-librettists Mary Franklin, Ashley Pearson takes the story of the Spanish gypsy and ...

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Hamilton (Lewis) – Kings Head Theatre, London

Book: Fiona English Music and Lyrics: David Eaton Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty “Do it, then ask for permission later.” It can come across aggressive, but really it just means having the confidence of your convictions. When you’re on a stage, it’s important to present to the audience an attitude of “this is our best work, we’re confident in ...

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Hamilton (Lewis) – Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

Book: Fiona English Music and lyrics: David Eaton Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Stephen Bates Lin Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Broadway musical Hamilton has already been followed across the Atlantic by the off-Broadway parody Spamilton and now, within a matter of weeks, comes this new variation, based loosely on the life and career of Britain’s World Formula 1 champion. What next ...

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King Tut: A Pyramid Panto – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer and Director: James Savournin Lyrics and Arrangements: David Eaton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In the well-trodden panto furrow, genuine innovation is pretty rare, so Charles Court Opera’s latest “Boutique Pantomime” at the King’s Head Theatre is something a bit special. While the political jokes are updated every year and the gender-swapped casting may be de rigueur, the essential elements of ...

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The Magic Flute – The King’s Head, London

Man with blue Mahican headress

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adaptation: John Savournin and David Eaton Director: John Savournin Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Opera companies have long sought ways to attract newcomers, pioneering the concept of live cinema screenings and finding ways to dissolve the boundaries between performers and audience with up-close shows in small venues. Mozart’s The Magic Flute is one of the most accessible with ...

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Mirror Mirror – King’s Head Theatre, London

The Cast of Mirror Mirror at London's King's Head Theatre

Writer: John Savournin and David Eaton Director: John Savournin and David Eaton Reviewer: Fergus Morgan   Charles Court Opera’s annual “boutique” pantomime is something of North London legend. Having spent eight successful years at the Rosemary Branch Theatre, it has now made a new home half a mile away at the King’s Head, where it uses the venue’s close atmosphere ...

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