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Henry V – Barn Theatre, Cirencester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Hal Chambers Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In a time where everything right now seems to be defined by our relationship with Europe, where we get the leaders we deserve and who then prove unable to lead, there is perhaps something of the comforting in Shakespeare’s Henry V. The young Prince Hal – depicted in both parts of Henry IV as ...

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The Big Corner – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Bill Naughton Adaptor: Lawrence Till Director: Elizabeth Newman     Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘You don’t get to choose the story you’re told ’ A landmark on the Bolton landscape, and a cultural gem the Octagon Theatre is proudly celebrating 50 years of theatre.  In a world where we are constantly finding arts and cultural endeavours pared down and marginalised, this is ...

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La Ronde – Bunker Theatre, London

Writer and director: Max Gill Reviewer: Stephen Bates Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play Reigen (or La Ronde) keeps reappearing in varying forms, itself like a car on a merry-go-round. David Hare and Peter Morgan are among the writers who have produced versions in recent years and here writer/director Max Gill comes up with yet another take on the classic. The essence of ...

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Vanities: The Musical -Trafalgar Studios, London

Music and Lyrics: David Kirshenbaum Book: Jack Heifner Director and Choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Even in the UK, the American high school experience is incredibly familiar and there are numerous films, musicals and books dedicated to a period many writers consider pivotal in the particular shaping of young women. Regardless of generation, at some point, most people will ...

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The Buskers Opera – Park Theatre, London

Writer/ Composer: Dougal Irvine Choreographer: Lucie Pankhurst Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Daniel Perks   On a day when Londoners were out in force to vote in the latest set of Mayoral elections, The Buskers Opera presented anti-capitalist verses to the world on what can only be assumed as a deliberate choice of date. The latest creation of composer/ lyricist/ writer ...

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NEWS: Beechey and Boys for Anything Can Happen workshop presentation

West End performers Annalene Beechey (My Fair Lady BBC Prom, Marguerite original cast, Wicked original cast), and Daniel Boys (Spamalot, Avenue Q, and currently starring in Love Story) will join James Gillan (Wicked original cast, Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors), and Lauren Samuels (Water Babies original cast, We Will Rock You London &World Tour, and currently starring in Love ...

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Love Story – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Eric Segal Book and Lyrics: Stephen Clark Music and additional Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe As powerful and devastatingly haunting, witty, romantic, tear-jerking and heart-wrenching as the original novel by Eric Segal which was also turned into an iconic film starring Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw Love Story has the ability to turn even the ...

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Water Babies – Curve, Leicester

Director: Ed Curtis Music: Chris Egan Book and lyrics: Guy Jones Reviewer: Karen McCandless It’s not often you can say that a seahorse, a lobster and a swordfish are the stars of the show. Such is the case at new musical Water Babies at Curve, Leicester. This is Curve’s second time hosting the world première of a new musical. First ...

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