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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Arundel and Ladbroke Gardens, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Tatty Hennessy Reviewer: David Guest There’s mischief in the woods – well, in London squares at least – thanks to a magical al fresco production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing around some of London’s private garden squares over the summer. Shakespeare in the Squares is a company that stages outdoor productions of Shakespeare (As You Like ...

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Overtures at Bishopsgate Institute – Bishopsgate Institute, London

Conductor: Freddie Tapner Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Earlier this year, Overtures Piano Bar opened regularly following a 2018 pop-up version, named after the famed New York bar Marie’s Crisis, was so successful. The format is simple: a pianist with a large musical theatre repertoire plays show tunes and the audience sings along. Since opening, the Marble Arch venue has gained popularity ...

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The Distance You Have Come – Cockpit Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Scott Alan Director: Scott Alan Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Scott Alan’s songwriting has a definite cachet among musical theatre cabaret performers. His pensive, yearning ballads provide a great opportunity for a singer to emote and demonstrate emotional depth as part of their set. A whole evening of such numbers, though, can risk monotony. There’s an earnestness to ...

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Unexpected Joy – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics:  Bill Russell Music:  Janet Hood Director: Amy Anders Corcoran Reviewer:  Richard Maguire To have another lesbian musical coming so soon after Fun Home is a very unexpected joy indeed. Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s musical, now playing at the Southwark Playhouse, may lack the sophistication (and the budget) of the Young Vic’s Fun Home, but it certainty doesn’t ...

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Bananaman The Musical – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Leon Parris Director: Mark Perry  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If you thought pantomime season was over for another year, think again. Southwark Playhouse’s latest musical Bananaman, based on the DC Thompson comic strip that now resides in the Beano after life in the now-defunct stablemates Nutty and the Dandy, is firmly in the over-the-top, child-friendly silly comedy ...

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27: The Rise of a Falling Star – Cockpit Theatre, London

Music, Book and Lyrics: Sam Cassidy Music: Matt Wills Directors: Arlene Phillips and Sam Cassidy Reviewer: Maryam Philpott It’s not often the glitterati are tempted away from the West End to a fringe theatre outside the bounds of Zone 1, but the opening night of 27: The Rise of a Falling Star had them flocking to the Cockpit Theatre north ...

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Carrie – Southwark Playhouse, London

Director and Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Composer: Michael Gore Lyricist: Dean Pitchford Musical Director: Mark Crossland Reviewer: Scott Stait Premièring in 1988 for a four week run in Stratford upon Avon before transferring to Broadway,Carrieis well known in the theatrical world as one of the most expensive quick flops in Broadway history (costing more than $7 million to transfer.) Paul Taylor-Mills ...

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CD REVIEW: Love, Lies & Lyrics – The Words Of Lesley Ross

Reviewer: Holly Spanner SimG’s latest offering celebrates the work of lyricist Lesley Ross in this generous 25 track limited edition album. The album features 30 West End vocalists, including Madalena Alberta, Daniel Boys, Annalene Beechey, Kieran Brown, Garry Lake, Sarah Lark, Jodie Jacobs, Sarah Earnshaw, Jon Robyns, Rebecca Lock, Aaron Lee Lambert, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Sophia Ragavelas and Nigel Richards among ...

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