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The Addams Family: The Comedy Musical – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer:  Natasha Hegarty From the opening melody to when the riffs kick in, the audience is clicking its fingers in time with the familiar tune and The Addams Family: The Musical Comedy begins. Wednesday Addams has gone and done the most revolting thing she could ever do: she has fallen ...

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The Addams Family: The Musical Comedy – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Dominic Corr From the instant that familiar melody starts, the audience instinctively clicks their fingers. After 80 years, the grotesquely charming family has found another medium. From comic strip to animation, television, film and in 2010 to the glitz of Broadway, this week Scotland welcomes the ...

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Down The Dock Road – Royal Court, Liverpool

Les Dennis & Daniel Taylor in Down the Dock Road

Writer: Alan Bleasdale Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby Alan Bleasdale wrote Down The Dock Road in 1976, based on his experiences working as what he terms an ‘insecurity guard’ on Birkenhead Docks. Forty years almost to the day after the original staging at the Liverpool Playhouse, the play returns to the stage. The original production spoke to the ...

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Thrill Me – Square Chapel, Halifax

Writer/Composer: Stephen Dolginoff Director: Guy Retallack Musical Director: Tom Turner Reviewer: Ron Simpson A new production on a nearly bare stage of an off-Broadway musical with a cast of two and a pianist/accompanist sounds pretty small-scale, but Thrill Me is a highly accomplished piece and Guy Retallack’s production for Climar Productions is as polished as it is powerful. The Leopold ...

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The Perfect Murder – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Peter James Adaptor: Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Andy Moseley As the lights go up in Richmond Theatre, an imaginative, well-constructed, stage set is revealed, with two raised bedrooms at either end, and a living room and kitchen at a lower level. The attention to detail Michael Holt has given to the individual rooms and the overall design ...

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The Perfect Murder – The Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Peter James Adaptor:Shaun McKenna Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Seb Farrell Have you ever wondered how to commit the perfect murder? This is the question we’re posed while watching feuding couple Victor and Joan Smiley and their exploits trying to privately organise each other’s ultimate demise with their extramarital partners. The Perfect Murder, a book by Peter James adapted for ...

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The Perfect Murder – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Ian Talbot Writer: Shaun McKenna, from the book by Peter James Reviewer: Maggie Constable So what is the perfect murder? If one accepts there is such a thing then we find out at Milton Keynes theatre this week where Peter James’ award-winning and top-selling novella Perfect Murder is playing, having been adapted for the stage for the first time ...

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Peter James’ The Perfect Murder – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Shaun McKenna from the novel by Peter James Director: Ian Talbot Designer: Michael Holt Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Crime is the most popular genre of fiction in the UK and Peter James is one of its foremost proponents: frequently inhabiting the best-seller lists, selling 5 million copies of his novels in the UK alone and 13 million copies worldwide. His ...

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