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Calendar Girls the Musical – Sheffield Lyceum

Writers, music & lyrics: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Movement: Lucy Hind Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Women’s Institute was set up in 1915 to bring together women from all walks of life, an organisation that claims to be based on the ideals of fellowship, truth, tolerance and justice. No mention of stripping off and posing naked with ...

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Calendar Girls the Musical – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Tim Firth and Gary Barlow Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: Dan English Preconceptions are thrown out of the window, along with pretty much everything else, as the Calendar Girls lay everything bare as part of its UK tour, reaching Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Continuing their successful musical theatre partnership, Tim Firth and Gary Barlow combine again to provide an entertaining book ...

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Calendar Girls: The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Writers: Tim Firth & Gary Barlow Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: John Roberts Tim Firth is no stranger to Calendar Girls having penned the original movie screenplay in 2003 and then the stage production in 2008. Now working in partnership with singer/songwriter and lead singer of Take That, Gary Barlow, the pair have re-worked the cheeky true story of a group of ...

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Calendar Girls the Musical – The Lowry, Salford

Book, Music and Lyrics – Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: Kate Goerner The musical version of the famous true story of the Yorkshire Women’s Institute members who stripped off returns to The Lowry, where it enjoyed a pre-West End run two years ago. Back then it was called simply The Girls- but following its West End ...

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Calendar Girls, the Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Writers:  Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Design: Robert Jones Musical Staging: Lucy Hind Director: Matt Ryan Orchestrations: Steve Parry Reviewer: Rob Atkinson To judge a musical theatre rendition of a story against its original movie production, or even against the in-between incarnation of a stage play, is to risk comparing chalk with cheese; they’re simply different animals with different types ...

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The Wind In The Willows – London Palladium

Writer: Julian Fellowes Composer: George Styles Lyricist: Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Tom Finch Based on the classic novel by Kenneth Grahame, a new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows has opened in the West End for a Summer run. Sticking faithfully to the original source material the show follows Ratty, Moley and Badger as they attempt ...

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Smack Family Robinson – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Writer: Richard Bean Director: Richard Wilson Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:3.5] Set in the quiet, suburban, well to do area of Kingston a typical looking family is living their life in comparative security and normality, the one major difference they have with their neighbours is the way they earn their living. Mr and Mrs Robinson’s family business is one of drug ...

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Cinderella – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Writers: Jonathan Kiley, Alan McHugh and Bobby Davro Director /Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Sue Dixon [Rating:4] Bobby Davro returns to Northampton by popular demand, following a very successful panto season last year, and it is clear to see why this man of many talents was asked back for this year’s production of Cinderella. The Derngate is a bit of a ...

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