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Amélie – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Craig Lucas Music: Daniel Messé Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Amélie:The Musical is based on Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 Academy Award-winning movie about eternal altruist Amélie Poulain, whose desire to help others, through a series of simple acts of kindness, prevents her from finding love. Amélie escapes her dysfunctional childhood and unhappy home ...

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Amélie the Musical – The Alexandra, Birmingham

Book: Craig Lucas Music: Daniel Messé Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Amélie the Musical is a sweet and quirky story of a French girl. Brought up by a distant father and neurotic mother, she is isolated from the world and retreats into her own imagination. When her mother is killed in a freak accident, Amélie leaves ...

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Harold and Maude – Charing Cross Theatre

Writer: Colin Higgins Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: David Guest A cult movie from the 1970s about an unconventional relationship hits the London stage nearly 40 years on in a way that is wacky, wonderful and warming. Thom Southerland’s quirky and charming version of Harold and Maude fits the Charing Cross Theatre like a glove, with Francis O’Connor’s neo-Cubist set and ...

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Grosvener Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘They do not love, that do not show their love’ – a folly of youthful naïvity? Shakespeare’s first play, as full of youthful ambition as is humanly possible, is a demanding undertaking for any company, and requires a skilful handling from both player and director. The raw emotions accompanying coming of ...

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The Choir – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

Book and Lyrics: Paul Higgins Music and Lyrics: Ricky Ross Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys An Iraqi cardiac specialist, a teen on a zero hours contract at Sports Direct, a Tory ex-councillor, an unemployed graduate, an ex-con and a struggling single mum are among the 12 people who come together in a community centre in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, in ...

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The Tempest – The Watermill, Newbury

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Tom Finch [rating:2.5] The Tempest is a tricky play. It lies somewhere in between comedy, romance, tragedy and drama. On paper it sounds like it has the perfect mix for an evening of entertainment, unfortunately all too often it can end up seeming like a bit of a mishmash of ideas. That was ...

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Of Mice and Men – The Watermill, Newbury

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Carol Evans [rating:4]   In Of Mice and Men, the Watermill has delivered a gritty drama that gives a powerful insight into the lonely and hopeless existence of common workpeople trying to eke out a living during the Great Depression. Set in 1930s America, its main focus is the unlikely but deep friendship ...

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