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Man of La Mancha – London Coliseum

Writer: Dale Wasserman Music: Mitch Leigh Lyrics: Joe Darion Director: Lonny Price Reviewer: Stephen Bates The lines that distinguish grand opera from musical theatre can often become blurred and the producing team of Michael Linnit and Michael Grade do little to make them clearer. Man of La Mancha, the fifth in what has become an annual series of collaborations with ...

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ENO: The Merry Widow – The Coliseum, London

Composer: Franz Lehar English Lyrics: Richard Thomas English Book: April de Angelis Director: Max Webster Conductor: Kristiina Poska Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In a show that purposefully sets out to celebrate the resourceful and determination of women, it is in the orchestra pit that the real star of Max Webster’s new take on The Merry Widow resides. Kristiina Poska is still that ...

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La Bohème -The Coliseum, London

Composer: Giacomo Puccini Libretto: Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica Director: Jonathan Miller Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If the thought of Christmas trees in November and another whole month of panto, adaptations of A Christmas Carol and tinsel fills you with dread then the English National Opera’s new production of La Bohèmemay be the respite you need. While technically this tragic love story ...

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ENO: Porgy and Bess – London Coliseum

Composer: George Gershwin Libretto: DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, based on the play by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward Director: James Robinson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There has not been much in the way of good news coming from English National Opera of late. Perhaps – just perhaps – this new production of the Gershwins’ musical crowning glory, a co-production with New ...

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Effigies of Wickedness – Gate Theatre, London

Director: Ellen McDougall Reviewer: Stephen Bates News that Chinese television did not broadcast the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, because the authorities there objected to two seemingly gay dancers and a few tattoos, reminds us that state censorship has never gone away completely and gives weight to this revue made up of songs banned in Germany by the Nazis. The 85-minute ...

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Chess – London Coliseum, London

Music: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Stephen Bates This new “semi”-staged production of Chess, a musical that can be seen as a metaphor for the Cold War, is a great deal more welcome than the 2018 revival of the Cold War itself.  The show was developed as a concept album and it then ...

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Bat Out Of Hell – London Coliseum

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Steinman Director: Jay Scheib Reviewer: Glen Pearce While jukebox musicals continue to pop up at regular intervals, Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell, though best known for Meat Loaf’s iconic albums, was originally written as a musical. While it may have taken 40 years to reach the stage, and after a preview run at Manchester’s ...

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