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Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Louis de Bernières Adaptor: Rona Munro Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Stephen Bates Setting a fictional romance against the backdrop of real events in Greece during World War II, Louis de Bernières’ 1994 novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin became a worldwide hit. Many thought that the lavish 2001 film version suffered badly from miscasting, but, unencumbered by pressure to place star ...

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Curtains – Rose Theatre, Kingston Upon Thames

Writer: Stephen Bill Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Stephen Bates A 2012 survey revealed that there is a much higher probability that people over 60 will die on their own birthdays than on any other day of the year. In Stephen Bill’s play, things are not looking good for Ida, whose family are gathering round to celebrate her 86th, bearing greetings ...

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The Ragged Child – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Music: David Nield Director: Jeremy James Taylor Musical Supervisor: John Pearson Musical Director: Nicholas Chave Choreographer: Matthew Hawksworth Reviewer: Ann Bawtree   Founded in 1976, and here in combination with the charity Creative Youth, the National Youth Music Theatre’s contribution to this year’s International Youth Arts Festival is The Ragged Child. Think Oliver Twist Meets Orphan Annie and you have ...

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Whistle Down the Wind – The Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames

Book: Mary Hayley Bell Composer and Lyricist: Richard Taylor Adaptor: Russell Labey Director: Jeremy James Taylor Choreographer: Kay Shepherd Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:4]   One of the National Youth Music Theatre’s summer productions this year is Whistle Down the Wind based on the book by Mary Hayley Bell, mother of the 1961 film’s child star Hayley Mills. It was not ...

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