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Dusty – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Jonathan Harvey Director: Maria Friedman Reviewer: May Mellstrom “I’m 90 percent smoke and mirrors darling” declares Dusty Springfield, with a glint in her kohl-rimmed eyes as she rejects a marriage proposal and hails a taxi, disappearing into the night. The legendary British singer, born Mary O’Brien in 1939, was famously private however this new musical from acclaimed writer Jonathan ...

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Dusty – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Maria Friedman Musical Supervisor: Tim Sutton Choreographer: Tim Jackson Set & Costume Designer: Tom Pye Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The world premiere of the new musical charting Dusty Springfield’s life and singing career, is at the Lyceum in Sheffield. Through 19 songs it follows her turbulent life and contains many of her pop hits including I Only ...

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Beautiful Thing – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Andrew Greaves and Reis Bruce in Beautiful Thing

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Tracey Street Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing is a truly charming tale of first love. Set in the early 1990s on a rundown council estate in Thamesmead, our protagonists gradually discover their depth of feelings for each other and, against the odds, seem set to live happily ever after. But this is not a ...

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Beautiful Thing – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Jonathan Harvey’s dark comedy takes the audience back to the early ‘90s in a London council estate. The main characters all congregate on the balcony of their flats – which is set by three battered-looking doors and some hanging baskets, which feisty single mother Sandra (Charlie Brooks) is extremely proud of. ...

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Beautiful Thing – Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Phil Lowe It is easy to forget that sometimes in an audience member’s life it is the first time they have viewed a play despite it being around for a couple of decades with a worldwide cult following. On a first time viewing of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing, a play centred round an ...

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Closer To Heaven – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Pet Shop Boys Book: Jonathan Harvey Director: Gene David Kirk Reviewer: Alex Ramon   There wasn’t a whole lot of love around for Closer To Heaven when it premiered, even though those involved – the show weds a book by Jonathan Harvey to original music and lyrics by Pet Shop Boys – might seem, on paper at ...

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Beautiful Thing – The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Transport yourself back to the early 1990s to Thamesmead, a rundown largely working class estate in south London. The residents have their own problems to deal with – drug abuse, anti-social behaviour, just trying to rub along. Central to the story are Sandra, a thirty-five year old barmaid, her latest partner, ...

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PREVIEW: Beautiful Thing Back on Tour

Jonathan Harvey’s iconic romantic comedy/drama Beautiful Thing is celebrating its 20th Birthday by making a comeback and, to quote the Mamma Cass song featured prominently in it, “it’s getting better”. Stephen Bates went along to the press launch to find out more.   Beautiful Thing is a teenage love story set on a South London social housing estate, with the ...

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