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The Last Five Years – Forum Studio Theatre, Chester

Michael Thomas Jenkins (Jamie) & Laura Coard (Cathy) in The Last Five Years by Monsta Productions

Music, Lyrics &Orchestration by Jason Robert Brown Director: John Garfield-Roberts Reviewer: Tate James Anyone who has ever been to a musical theatre cabaret since The Last Five Years burst onto the New York stage in 2002 has no doubt heard at least one of its numbers. Jason Robert Brown’s semi-autobiographical strings-heavy score is so often dissected for out-of-context performances of ...

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Kissing Frogs – Landor Theatre, London

Writer: Sophie Osborne Director: John Garfield-Roberts Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Jess is approaching 30, and single. Very single. And although she’s not been unsuccessful in having drunken, one-night encounters, now she’s on the lookout for a boyfriend. So begins Sophie Osborne’s self-penned monologue about modern life as a single girl. And so we have the speed dating scene, the disgust with ...

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NEWS: North West based Monsta Productions launch with Last Five Years revival

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North West based Monsta Productions have today announced that they will launch with a professional revival of Jason Robert Brown's heartbreaking musical The Last Five Years to play Chester's Forum Studio (28-30 July) and Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn (23-24 Sept). The musical which follows the unique structure of a five year relationship between aspiring actress Cathy and young novelist Jamie is ...

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Hoof! – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Reviewer: Mel Duncan Imagine a world where one is whisked from the bygone factories of Northern England, to the open plains of the Great West, via a Titanic-esque liner, accompanied by foundry bells. All in a matter of minutes. That is a glimpse into the brilliantly bonkers experience that is Hoof! The brainchild of Rejects Revenge and Spike Theatre, Hoof! ...

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NEWS: Casting complete for UK Tour of Momentous Musicals

Following our previous news story about the UK tour of Momentous Musicals starring Gareth Gates and Rachael Wooding. Today Speckulation Entertainment have released the rest of this year’s line up for the “Sophisticated homage” to Musical Theatre. Joining the cast will be the award winning, record breaking John Owen-Jones (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserablés) and Ex West End Elphaba ...

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NEWS: Momentous Musicals set for UK Tour

Following its sell out and critically acclaimed world premiere at the New Wimbledon Theatre in July 2012, (read our review here) Momentous Musicals staring Gareth Gates and Rachael Wooding will tour the UK for four dates in July this year. The musical concert which celebrates the biggest and best of musical theatre will open with a brand new show at ...

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A Christmas Carol – The Lantern Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor: John Garfield-Roberts/Mark Smith Director: John Garfield-Roberts Reviewer: Robin Winters [Rating:4] It is inevitable that at this time of year will bring with it many variations of the classic Christmas stories, with more than its fair share of pantomimes this year, it is refreshing to see something a little less celebrity filled and with plenty of original ...

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Edinburgh Fringe: As Ye Sow – Pleasance Dome

Writer: Stewart Pringle Director: Tom Richard Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:4/5] There is a lack of original horror at this year's Fringe. Maybe it's something few writers feel they are unable to tackle. However, one of the few scary pieces this year is the brilliant As Ye Sow, which tells the story of Clifford (Jeffrey Mayhew), an elderly man who is ...

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