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Grease The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey Director: Nikolai Foster Choreographer: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The first new production in 25 years, and with the promise of a return to the gritty, raw, original 1971 production, the odds would seem stacked in favour of this Leicester Curve production of Grease, one of the world’s most beloved musicals. However, ...

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The Color Purple – The Curve, Leicester

Book: Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Alice Walker Music and Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray Director: Tinuke Craig Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Celie’s life has been hard and full of pain. By 14 she had two children by her abusive father who took both away. Then she found herself married off at 18 to the cruel local ...

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A Thing Mislaid – Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

Writers: Bethany Sheldon and Kathryn Lowe, devised with Teele Uustani, Raquel Pereira, Elena Casotto Directors: Bethany Sheldon and Kathryn Lowe Reviewer: Andrew Houghton “What is home when you don’t belong, and how do you find belonging again in a new place?” Despite its title, A Thing Mislaid is anything but lost, as Maison Foo deliver an imaginative and cleverly constructed tale of ...

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Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual – Curve, Leicester

Writer: Dougal Irvine, from the book by Riaz Khan Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: James Garrington Football in the late 1970s and 1980s started to hit the news more often because of what was happening off the pitch rather than on it. Increasingly people went to matches specifically to fight, with seemingly little or no interest in the actual game and ...

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The Wipers Times – The Curve, Leicester

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Reviewer: James Garrington “Ask yourself the following questions. Do you suffer from cheerfulness? Do you think the war will end in the next twelve months? Do you have faith in our commanders to bring the war to a successful conclusion? Optimism! Two days at our establishment will eradicate all traces of ...

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Crazy for You – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Book: Ken Ludwig Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: James Garrington Crazy for You, as a show, has everything a traditional musical theatre enthusiast could ask for. With a rich Gershwin score full of well-known numbers, big choreographed routines, and a book full of comedy aimed at a modern audience, done well it can be a delight. ...

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The Crucible – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Siobhán Cannon-Brownlie Reviewer: David Robinson Arthur Miller’s ground-breaking and formative work is still seen by many as a seminal piece on the seventeenth-century witch trials in and around Salem Massachusetts. The setting may well be the USA in 1692 but Miller’s influence was the McCarthy trials of the 1950’s. This co-production between The Curve and De ...

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Nina: A Story About Me and Nina Simone – Curve, Leicester

Concept: Josette Bushell-Mingo Director: Dritëro Kasapi Reviewer: James Garrington When she was 12 years old, Nina Simone was asked to perform her first recital at a church meeting. Her proud parents were there in the front pew – but when they were moved to the back of the church to make way for white people at the front, the young ...

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