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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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Twelfth Night- Young Vic, London

Creator: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shania Taub Directors: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The first show by a new Artistic Director is an important indicator of what’s to come, a chance to establish the tone for the ensuing years with a memorable statement about the kind of theatre they want to make. In assuming responsibility for the Young ...

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Half A Sixpence – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writers: Julian Fellowes (based on an original story by H. G. Wells) Original Music and Lyrics: Beverley Cross and David Heneker New Music and Lyrics: George Stiles and Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Choreographer: Andrew Wright Musical Supervisor/Conductor: Graham Hurman Reviewer: Bill Avenell This much-revised version of the 1960s musical, written as a vehicle for Tommy Steele and turned into ...

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Shrek the Musical – The Lowry, Salford

Dean Chisnall and Bronte Barbe in Shrek The Musical

Book &Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: John Roberts   Based on the 2001 DreamWorks animated movie – which itself was based on a picture book by William Steig, Shrek the Musical first landed on Broadway in 2008, and a West End run followed in 2011 – 2013. This current UK tour has been on the ...

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Shrek the Musical – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Idriss Kargbo and Dean Chisnall in Shrek UK tour

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Big, bold and irreverent, Shrek the Musical translates the hit 2001 film into a slick, superbly staged musical romp that entertains family and adult audiences alike. The musical largely follows the same narrative as the film, albeit with some tweaks and a bit of backstory for ...

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Shrek The Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Shrek and Donkey from the Musical

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Tour Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Beth Steer Based on DreamWorks’ 2001 block-buster animation, Shrek the Musical is pitted as an ‘all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza’ that makes for the perfect family show for Christmas. Shrek follows the adventures of a famously green, infamously ugly ogre - who makes a most loveable, if unlikely, hero ...

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Shrek The Musical – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Shrek and Donkey from the Musical

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Original Book: William Steig Music: Jeannie Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Matt Forrest   With television channels rapidly assembling their Yuletide schedules just in time for Christmas, you can pretty much guarantee family favourite Shrek (the movie) will be somewhere in the mix. Originally released in 2001, this Oscar-winning blockbuster has entertained young and old ...

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Shrek the Musical – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Shrek and Donkey from the Musical

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Shrek the Musical sounds like your average fairytale. Princess Fiona has been trapped in a tower since the age of seven, guarded by a large dragon, and dreaming of her Prince Charming to come and rescue her. There’s a twist to the tale, though, as her ...

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