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West Side Story – The Royal Exchange, Manchester   

Concept:  Jerome Robbins Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim. Director:  Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Nowadays audiences are accustomed to perceiving West Side Story as a classic musical perfect for viewing on Sunday afternoons so it is hard to accept that, when first staged, its depiction of gang violence was controversial.  Now the UK has become a racially divided ...

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Sunshine on Leith – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Stephen Greenhorn Music and Lyrics: Craig and Charlie Reid Director: James Brining Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Stephen Greenhorn’s original musical, Sunshine on Leith, predates the movie version by seven years. Originally commissioned by Dundee Rep’s artistic director James Brining. Brining, now artistic director at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, returns to the work, breathing new life into the piece for this ...

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Sunshine on Leith – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Stephen Greenhorn Songs by: The Proclaimers Director: James Brining Reviewer: Gareth Davies The original production of this Scottish jukebox musical was one of the highlights of James Brining's tenure as artistic director at Dundee Rep. Created back in 2007 in collaboration with Stephen Greenhorn, who also gave us River City, the plan was to utilise the songs of the ...

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Little Red Riding Hood – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Writers: Sarah A Nixon &Mark Chatterton Director: Mark Chatterton Musical Director: Tayo Akinbode Choreographer: Jenny Sawyer Reviewer: Jonny Black The newly revamped Everyman Theatre provides an intimate setting for this pantomime with a twist. Dinah England's cartoon-esque backdrop on two levels depicts a make believe forest in which the action unfolds. The set also makes clever use of a centrally ...

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