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The Wizard of Oz – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Writer: L. Frank Baum Music and Lyrics: Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The REP describes this production as a ‘bold yet faithful reimagining’ of the world created by L Frank Baum and forever cemented in our heads by the iconic MGM film. And the blurb does not lie – the story and the songs ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Love's Labour's Lost is more a philosophic meditation on art, love and melancholy than a play. But in the best way. A rattling thoroughfare of discourse, pretty words, wit and self indulgent writing from Shakespeare takes us through a lacklustre plot about princes and princesses. Far from heavy going, however, the ...

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts centre and The Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Writer: Ian Fleming Book: Jeremy Sams Music &Lyrics: Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman Director: James Brining Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Comparisons with the much-loved, 1968 film of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are inevitable, such is its place in the British public's hearts, thankfully, this West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the iconic children's classic will largely satisfy audiences ...

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The Merry Wives – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jo Beggs Sir John Falstaff is past his prime. But despite living alone above an ale-house and about as out of shape as a man can be, his vanity is still pretty intact. When he attempts to seduce not one, but two married women he sets himself up as the target for some ...

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The Merry Wives – The New Victoria Theatre, Newcastle Under Lyme

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Carol Lovatt   For a bawdy evening of spectacle and farce, The Merry Wives is a play not to be missed. A comedic masterpiece based on human emotion and misunderstanding, this creative production, directed by the powerhouse of Northern Broadsides, Barrie Rutter, is a feast of chaotic shenanigans and surreal storyline involving nocturnal ...

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Alice Through The Looking Glass- St Paul’s Actors Church, London

Writer: Daniel Winder Director: Jamie Jackson Reviewer: Cavelle Leigh   Alice Through The Looking Glass, is here presented by Iris Theatre at the delightful and fitting St Paul’s Actors Church in Theatreland itself, Covent Garden. It begins inside the church, eerily watching Alice as an oldwoman, haunted by theJabberwo…Onemeans the ‘Whatsitsname?’ Slightly frightening for a family audience, it transports us ...

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Dreaming Under A Different Moon – The Edge, Manchester

Writer &Director: Janine Waters Music &Lyrics: Simon Waters Review by Brian Gorman [rating: 4]   The Edge is a brand new arts centre housed in a Victorian Sunday school building, and ‘Dreaming Under A Different Moon’ is its first in-house production. And what a fantastic start. Janine Waters’ epic musical fantasy has something for everyone, telling the colourful tale of ...

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Dead On Her Feet – Arcola Theatre, London

Writer: Ron Hutchinson Director: Barry Kyle Reviewer: Jane Pink [rating:4] “Ladies and Gentleman: How long can they last?” read signs beneath ticking clocks in halls throughout America, emblems of the dance marathons that became a feature of the Great Depression. Initially conceived as an expression of freedom in the new Jazz Age, dance marathons provided the opportunity for the penniless ...

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