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Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse

Book: Dennis Kelly Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys With its origins as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2010 festive show, nine years down the line, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda has been seen by over eight million people around the globe. Winning awards and smashing box office records wherever ...

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Matilda The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Dennis Kelley (based on the book by Roald Dahl) Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Joan Phillips Enter the dark imagination of Roald Dahl in the story of Matilda, a young girl, unwanted and overlooked by her parents. Seen from the point of view of the young girl, in Dahl’s imaginary world the children are wiser ...

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One Man Two Guv’nors – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Richard Bean from The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni Director: Nicholas Hytner Music: Grant Olding Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It is testament to the writing skills of Richard Bean and the supreme talent of the energetic and committed cast that an obscure 18th Century Commedia dell’Arte farce has a packed audience of 21st Century Glaswegians rolling in the ...

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A Study in Scarlet – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Lila Whelan and Greg Freeman Music: Annabelle Brown Director: Nicholas Thompson Reviewer: Mary Halton The Conan Doyle oeuvre is well trodden by theatre makers, particularly in the wake of the successful Warner Bros. franchise and BBC series catapulting Holmes back into the forefront of popular culture. One might argue that it’s roundly difficult to ...

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Dick Whittington – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Nicholas Pegg Music and Lyrics: Carol Sloman Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray The Queen's have been busy celebrating their diamond jubilee this year. They remain, at heart, a traditional repertory house, with familiar faces pulling together in the make-or-break end-of-year panto. So Simon Jessop is Dame again in Dick Whittington; since he last glammed up he's been Ray ...

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Deathtrap – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Ira Levin Directors: Matt Devitt &Simon Jessop Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   To judge by the gasps and shrieks from the audience, there are plenty of people for whom Ira Levin's venerable pot-boiler retains its power to shock and amuse. So no spoilers here. Following the equally successful Sleuth, it takes the thriller-drama as its theme, in a self-referential, ...

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The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Jim Cartwright Director: Bob Carlton Musical Director: Steven Markwick Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:3.5]     There can't be many who have never encountered Jim Cartwright's fable of fame and misfortune, either in the National Theatre production, the countless revivals, or the Michael Caine movie. It's even on the school syllabus... Now Hornchurch stages the story of how opportunity knocks ...

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Love, Lies And Lust – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Director: Matt Devitt Musical Director: Julian Littman Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:3.5]   One of the Queen's Theatre’s greatest hits, this cod-Restoration romp from the pen of the Heather Brothers returns to its roots after twenty years, in a brand new production for Cut to the Chase by Matt Devitt. It takes its plot, and its characters, but not its language ...

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