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Matilda the Musical – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Dennis Kelly, from the book by Roald Dahl Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Matilda Wormwood is a precocious, intelligent, imaginative and resilient girl with a strong sense of what is right.  By the age of five, she has taught herself the three Rs and has read many of the classics. Yet in a world where ...

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Art – Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Serge, Marc and Yvan are three Parisian men, friends for many years. Serge, according to Marc’s introduction, is ‘REALLY KEEN on art.’ Indeed, Serge is keen on anything modern and new; Marc, on the other hand, sees himself as rather more down-to-earth. Yvan is in crisis with an impending ...

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Art – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Writer: Yasmin Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: James Garrington Serge has bought a painting. It’s white. On the white background are some diagonal lines – and they’re white too. It’s by a trendy artist and it was very expensive. His friends, Marc and Yvan, are not impressed – but should they tell him what they think, and ...

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Art – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writer: Yasmina Reza Translator: Christopher Hampton Original Director: Matthew Warchus Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys An almost universal hit on its debut in the 90s, French playwright Yasmina Reza’s Tony, Olivier and Moliere Award-winning Art, has embarked on a multi date revival tour of the U.K. Serge (Nigel Havers), a divorced dermatologist, Marc (Denis Lawson) an engineer and Yvan ...

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ART – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Yasmina Reza   Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Ellie Jones   Original Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood ART, a French play and an Old Vic Production, made its West End debut in 1996 winning numerous awards.  The comedy is currently touring the UK, including a run at the Leeds Grand Theatre where it plays until 7 April.  ART is solely ...

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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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Shrek the musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book and lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Mark Smith   Based on the popular DreamWorks Animated film, I was curious to see how this family favourite would be adapted for the stage. Shrek the musical, I am pleased to say is brilliant, brimming full with original songs, theatrical ideas and your favourite characters; this is ...

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Ghost The Musical – Opera House, Manchester

Book and Lyrics: Bruce Joel Rubin Music &Lyrics: Dave Stewart &Glen Ballard Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Helen Patrick [Rating:4.5] Ghost, the ultimate love story, bought to our screens over twenty years ago with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze gets a powerful and emotive transfer to the stage and returns to Manchester following its original outing in 2011. The musical like ...

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