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Nutcracker! The Musical – Pleasance Theatre, London

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Book and lyrics: Nancy Holson Director: Ollie Fielding Reviewer: Stephen Bates   Tchaikovsky’s TheNutcracker is everywhere each Christmas - in opera houses, on ice and now as a musical on the fringe - but isn’t stripping it of its dance a little bit like performing Shakespeare’s Hamlet without words? When the centrepiece of the second act ...

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NEWS: West End stars record charity EP for Great Ormond Street

Cynthia Erivo, Simon Bowman, Sophie Louise Dann, Shona White, Scott Garnham, Jodie Jacobs &Michael Xavier join a host of musical theatre stars to record festive charity EP; ‘A Very West End Christmas’. In a project of unprecedented scale, co-producers Darren Bell and Kris Rawlinson brought together almost fifty stars of musical theatre, after two months of planning, to record an ...

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Saucy Jack And the Space Vixens – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Book: Charlotte Mann Lyrics: Charlotte Mann &Michael Fidler Music: Jonathan Croose &Robin Forrest Director and Choreographer: Stuart Saint Musical Director: Tom Barnes Reviewer: Christopher Owen [Rating:3.5] Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens is a disco inspired Murder Mystery, based in the Space cabaret club ‘Saucy Jacks’. When the club’s star performers start being found dead, the crime fighting superstar Space ...

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NEWS: Leanne Jones gets all Saucy in the West End

Olivier Award winning actress Leanne Jones will lead the cast of the latest London revival of cult sci-fi musical Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, which will run for a 7 week limited season at the Leicester Square Theatre from 1st August – 15th September. Jones made her professional debut as Tracey Turnblad in the multi-award winning original UK production ...

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Cross Purpose – Kings Head, London

Writer: Albert Camus, translation Stuart Gilbert. Director: Stephen Whitson Reviewer: Steve Barfield [rating:4] There is a great deal to like in this second opportunity – the King’s Head premiered this production last autumn - to see Camus’ seldom produced and quite possibly his most intense play in a striking and uncompromising production. At its centre is a riveting, hypnotic and ...

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Cross Purpose – King’s Head, London

Writer: Albert Camus Director: Stephen Whitson Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] Albert Camus may be better known as a philosopher and author than as a playwright so it is a rare opportunity that presents itself to catch his play Cross Purpose (Le Malentendu) in the Sunday/Monday slot at Islington’s King’s Head Theatre pub. A mother and daughter eke out a joyless ...

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Rent – Greenwich Theatre, London

Book, music and lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Paul Taylor-Mills Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:4.5] The appeal of Jonathan Larson's Rent never seems to diminish and it returns to London with this fringe production at the Greenwich Theatre. A retelling of Puccini's La Bohème for the 80s, it depicts the horrific impact of HIV/AIDS on a bohemian grouping of artists, musicians and ...

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Merrie England – Finborough Theatre, London

Music: Edward German Libretto: Basil Hood Director: Alex Sutton Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:5] The Finborough's policy of celebrating neglected British musical theatre has unearthed much of interest for fans of the genre, though it is probably safe to say that there have been as many which will remain curiosities as there have bona fide successes worthy of further recognition and ...

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