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Tree – Upper Campfield Market, Manchester

Creators: Idris Elba & Kwame Kwei-Armah   Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah   Reviewer: Jay Nuttall   An umbrella of questionable ethics has become Tree’s canopy in the lead up to the opening of one of Manchester International Festival’s flagship productions. A high-profile disagreement between creatives and the role they should or should not be credited with has pushed this production into ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Matthew Bourne Director: Matthew Bourne Design: Lez Brotherston Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It isn’t hyperbole to say that Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake changed the face of classical dance forever. Retaining Tchaikovsky’s original score, the rest of the ballet is turned completely on its head. For all its fantasy, in Bourne’s hands the story takes on a ...

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Nativity! The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer and Director: Debbie Isitt Music: Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The clocks have gone back, Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night are over, so, of course, Christmas is here. Seven weeks early, but who’s complaining when it’s the stage version of Bafta Award-winning Debbie Isitt’s hugely loveable 2009 movie, Nativity? For those familiar with the big-screen trilogy, the stage ...

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Shrek the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: John Roberts Based on the Dreamworks Animation film, which itself was based on a book by William Steig of the same name, Shrek the Musical has had a rather fairytale journey with a big bright beautiful Broadway opening, several US Tours, a two-year run at the Theatre Royal Drury and ...

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Nativity! The Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Writer and Director: Debbie Isitt Songs: Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Nativity! The Musical, has zoomed into The Grand this week, bringing with it bucket loads of sparkle and shine. Based on the hit 2009 Christmas Film by Debbie Isitt, The Nativity, the narrative follows the children of the failing St Bernadette’s school in Coventry as they prepare for ...

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One Love: The Bob Marley Musical – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Mitchell Brunings (Bob Marley) in One Love - The Bob Marley Musical

Music and Lyrics: Bob Marley Book and Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah Reviewer:  James Garrington There’s something hugely addictive about Bob Marley’s music, and there’s plenty of it to listen to at the REP with this show running. The title says it all – One Love: The Bob Marley Musical. This is the story of a part of the singer’s life, from his start ...

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The Red Shoes – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Composer: Bernard Herrmann Director and Choreographer: Matthew Bourne  Reviewer: Emily Pearce Made in 1948, Powell and Pressburger’s cinematic masterpiece – a film about a ballet dancer and the all-consuming nature of love and art is a perfect, bold match for Matthew Bourne’s vision in this stunning production. A young ballerina, Victoria Page (Ashley Shaw) auditions in front of the impressive ...

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Let it Be – Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

Music: John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Director: John Maher Reviewer: Reece O’Toole The music of the Beatles has been bringing people together for over 50 years. Starting out in the 1960s, the fab four from Liverpool captured the interests and hearts of many and are now known world wide. The production of Let It Be originally debuted back ...

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