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Shakespeare in Love – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Adapter: Lee Hall (based on the screenplay by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard) Director: Phillip Breen Reviewer: Dominic Corr We all know the life and loves of William Shakespeare, don’t we? One tale you may not know however is the impassioned romance of Shakespeare and Viola De Lesseps. The two star-crossed lovers embark on a burning, yet undeniably troubled affair. ...

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Mother Courage and her Children – Albion Electric Warehouse, Leeds

Writer: Bertolt Brecht Translator: Lee Hall Director: Rob Dixon Composer: Boff Whalley Designer: Sara Perks Reviewer: Ron Simpson Red Ladder’s remarkable production of Mother Courage and her Children makes a quite different use of the industrial space of Albion Electric Warehouse from the company’s previous The Shed Crew. The audience again promenades, but between more clearly defined areas, the Community ...

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Billy Elliot the Musical – Liverpool Empire

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Multi-award winning extravaganza Billy Elliot the Musical comes to Liverpool this month with a two-week run at the Liverpool Empire. The shows tells the tale of young Billy, who wants to swap his boxing gloves for ballet slippers, against a backdrop of the 1980s miners’ strikes.  The show ...

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Billy Elliot – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book and Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer:  James Garrington Billy Elliot has been a long time coming to Birmingham – but now it’s on its first tour after a lengthy run in the West End, and it’s certainly been worth the wait. This is a show that ticks all the boxes. As the 1984/5 miners’ ...

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Billy Elliot The Musical – The Mayflower, Southampton

Director: Stephen Daldry Writer: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage There are some tales that quickly become a part of the collective cultural consciousness and it's as though they've always been with us. The story of Billy Elliot, the frustrated boy who becomes a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet is one of those. Stephen Daldry's 2000 film ...

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Billy Elliot – The Musical – The Palace, Manchester

Book and Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  The movie, Billy Elliot, was so close to perfect as to raise doubts as to whether adding songs could enhance the audience experience or result in a show that is bloated and unwieldy. Besides, musicals, by their nature, tend to be feel-good and so Billy Elliot, ...

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Billy Elliot – The Bristol Hippodrome

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer and Lyricist: Lee Hall Composer: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Choreographer: Peter Darling Reviewer: Chris Oldham Having played for just over 10 years in the West End, everything about the touring production of Billy Elliot The Musical feels like you could still be sitting there watching it unfold in London's Victoria Palace Theatre. Set in County Durham against the ...

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – National Theatre, London

Adapted by: Lee Hall Source material: The Sopranos byAlan Warner Director:Vicky Featherstone Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Vulgar, sex-obsessed, hard-drinking, invincible, and full of attitude, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour has arrived in London. A play about a Scottish female choir from a convent school may not sound terribly edgy, but these girls are wild, causing more havoc on one day in ...

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