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Blood Brothers – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson & Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Matt Forrest It’s hard to believe that Blood Brothers just celebrated its 36th year, if anything, it feels older purely because the affection with which it is held. It’s certainly an institution of the theatre circuit and there’s no question why: this is a timeless, heart-breaking tale, of love, class and ...

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Blood Brothers – St Helens Theatre Royal

Book/Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts  At the tender age of 35, Blood Brothers is still gaining instantaneous standing ovations wherever it’s performed and at St Helens Theatre Royal, that acclaim continues. It’s no surprise really when the show's themes of class, recession, nature vs nurture and depression are still so prevalent and newsworthy. It becomes hard not to ...

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Musicals in Concert: Leading Ladies – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight This year’s Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall is now drawing to a close, but there are still some goodies to come. Tonight, the spotlight is turned on the leading ladies of musical theatre as Richard Balcombe conducts the London Concert Orchestra, and musical theatre stars Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt ...

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Barnum – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Book: Mark Bramble Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Chris Williams A certain kind of showman, Cameron Mackintosh brings us the musical based on the life of history’s ultimate showman - Phineas Taylor Barnum! Barnum takes us through the eventful and varied life of P. T. Barnum, through his many rôles including freak show ...

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Barnum – The Lowry, Salford

  Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen   P.T Barnum - a showman and American dreamer whose life has been brought to the stage in spectacular style in a clever, exciting and most importantly colourful musical production. Presented by Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Harrison, this show tells the story of Phineas Taylor ...

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Barnum – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Mark Bramble Lyrics: Michael Stewart Music: Cy Coleman Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Dan English   Brian Conley is mesmerising as the showman as the musical Barnum reaches Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre as part of its UK tour. Barnum, directed by Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy, tells the story of P. T. Barnum (Conley), a travelling showman, and of how ...

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Barnum – Mayflower, Southampton

Director: Jean-Pierre van der Spuy Music: Cy Colman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Writer: Mark Bramble Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage When Phineas T. Barnum announces to the audience “this is the greatest show on earth” he was not far wrong. Southampton’s Mayflower was ringing out loud with the sounds of the circus as Barnum headed into town. Before the curtain rises the spectacle ...

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Barnum – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Book: Mark Bramble Music : Cy Coleman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Marina Spark Barnum has rolled into town and is currently playing at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. The show is about the legendary American showman, P T Barnum. He came from humble roots, but Barnum set out for a life less ordinary. With a bucket-load ...

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