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Man of La Mancha – London Coliseum

Writer: Dale Wasserman Music: Mitch Leigh Lyrics: Joe Darion Director: Lonny Price Reviewer: Stephen Bates The lines that distinguish grand opera from musical theatre can often become blurred and the producing team of Michael Linnit and Michael Grade do little to make them clearer. Man of La Mancha, the fifth in what has become an annual series of collaborations with ...

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Notre Dame de Paris – London Coliseum, London

Music: Richard Cocciante  Book and lyrics: Luc Plamondon  Director: Gilles Maheu  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Victor Hugo’s other famous novel (after the one with all the barricades) The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an abject lesson of the corrosive effects of the patriarchy. Esmerelda, a street dancer from Paris’s underclass, is so beautiful that several men fall in love with her – and ...

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Kiss Me Kate – London Coliseum

Music and lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Stephen Bates Is it possible that what can no longer be spoken can still be sung? The Taming of the Shrew, once one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, is now rarely seen in our theatres, seemingly swept away on a tide of political correctness. On the ...

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Kiss Me Kate – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Bella and Samuel Spewack  Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter     Directors: Jo Davies/Ed Goggin Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Opera North’s Kiss Me Kate returns to the Leeds Grand Theatre after its successful revival back in 2015.  This acclaimed production, in collaboration with Welsh National Opera, makes a short stop in Leeds before transferring to the London Coliseum.  Kiss Me Kate premiered ...

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Chess – London Coliseum, London

Music: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Stephen Bates This new “semi”-staged production of Chess, a musical that can be seen as a metaphor for the Cold War, is a great deal more welcome than the 2018 revival of the Cold War itself.  The show was developed as a concept album and it then ...

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Her Name Was Carmen – London Coliseum

Choreographer: Olga Kostel Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Drama, passion, jealousy, Bizet’s most famous opera, Carmen has it all. A much revived work, a new ballet version arrives at the London Coliseum this week that splices elements of the original story and music with up-to-the-minute commentary on the plight of refugees, a cause close to the heart of star Irina Kolesnikova whose ...

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Shanghai Ballet: Echoes of Eternity – London Coliseum

Choreographer:Patrick de Bana Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Love and war have often gone hand in hand, and the choices a monarch makes can easily lead to their downfall. Picking the wrong person can be a disastrous policy especially if it leads to divisions at Court, growing discontent and disruption of the political status quo. Echoes of Eternity is a contemporary take ...

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