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Midlife Cowboy – The Pleasance, London

Book, Music, Lyrics and Director: Tony Hawks Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The cowboy musical is a surprisingly underexploited genre; the larger than life characters, the dramatic showdowns and the introspective songs a seemingly perfect fit with the pillars of stage musicals. Middle class angst, however, is a far more common topic for drama so Tony Hawks has combined the two to ...

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Aladdin – City Varieties, Leeds

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Matt Aston Musical Director: Greg Palmer Reviewer: Holly Spanner The City Varieties Rock n’ Roll Panto is one that should be in everyone’s calendar. This seemingly modest production which has graced the Victorian stage since reopening after the £9.9m refurbishment in 2011, has quickly worked its way into the hearts of Loiners and the general public ...

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Cinderella – The Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Martin Berry Musical Director: Joshua Goodman Choreographer: Liz Marsh Reviewer: Michael Gray “Well it’s good, but it’s not what I’d call traditional…” proclaimed the elderly lady just along the row. She has a point. Andrew Pollard’s script has more than a few novel touches. Baron Hardup has expired, leaving his wicked widow free to bully poor ...

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Roll Over Beethoven – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Matt Devitt (The Ghost) and Michael Fletcher (Johnny Hamlet) in Roll Over Beethoven

Book, music and lyrics: Bob Eaton Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s hard to categorise Roll Over Beethoven. Billed as a high-energy new musical telling the story of a Britain in flux between the dreary post-war days and the explosion of American Rock ‘n’ Roll, it also steals much of its storyline from Hamlet – helpfully naming characters Johnny ...

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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Bob Carlton Director: Bob Carlton Musical Supervisor and Arranger: Julian Littman Musical Director: Greg Last Reviewer: Michael Gray   Artistic Director Bob Carlton is bowing out after 17 years at the Queen’s Hornchurch. And what better swan song than his Olivier award-winning musical, making its umpteenth appearance here before launching a national tour and finally splashing down in Manchester ...

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Lend Me A Tenor – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Ken Ludwig Director: Matt Devitt Reviewer: Michael Gray Cut to the Chase are on cracking form in this riotously funny revival of Ken Ludwig’s backstage farce. But as the stunning set by Mark Walters and the Queen’s workshop reveals, we’re not in the wings, or the green room, but a shamelessly tasteless suite – blue and pink, dripping with ...

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Godspell – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Music and New Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Matt Devitt Musical Director: Julian Littman Reviewer: Michael Gray   Somewhere between Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar there was Godspell, a free-love, feel-good take on St Matthew with some pretty good songs. Matt Devitt’s bold re-staging almost convinces that it’s worth reviving. The playground is now a grungy concrete wilderness, skateboard ramp, wire ...

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The Great Gatsby – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Adaptor: Peter Joucla(based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald) Director: Simon Jessop Reviewer: Michael Gray A jazz trio in the foyer and in the road outside, a stunning collection of vintage automobiles to prepare us for the drama within. In those golden Twenties before the crash and the depression, Jay Gatsby and his charmed circle live out the decadent ...

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