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American Idiot – Hammersmith Apollo, London

Writer: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: Carrie Carter [rating:4] How do you make punk-pop sound like musical theatre without diminishing any of its credibility? It is certainly no small feat, but the international touring production of American Idiot, playing London’s Hammersmith Apollo for the next two weeks, manages ...

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Fascinating Aida – Richmond Theatre, London

Reviewer: Jonathan Baz [rating:3] With 30 years performing and touring behind them, Dillie Keane’s Fascinating Aida troupe delivered an accomplished one night only performance to a packed house in Richmond as their current UK tour winds to an end. The current line up of the trio comprises fellow veteran performer Adele Anderson who co–writes with Keane, together with younger soprano ...

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The Mikado – ENO at the Coliseum, London

Author: WS Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Original Director: Jonathan Miller Revival Director: Elaine Tyler-Hall Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:4.5] A first night is always exciting, even if it is the first night of the revival of a favourite production now entering its second quarter century. Freed from the constraints put upon stagings of any Gilbert and Sullivan work which were in ...

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Lemony Snicket’s Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming – Roundhouse, London

Music &lyrics: Lemez &Fridel Co - directors: Olivia Jacobs and Tim Hibberd Reviewer: Jonathan Baz [rating:3.5] Lemony Snicket sees his work brought to the British stage for the first time with this seasonal tale of cultural diversity. Latkes are traditional potato pancakes served during the Jewish winter celebrations of Chanukah, but the one that Snicket focuses on, upon realising that ...

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The Vagina Monologues – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Eve Ensler Director: Jonathan Russell Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] This year The Vagina Monologues turns sweet 16, yet Eve Ensler’s episodic play remains as vital and vibrant today as it did at its inception. Addressing women’s sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, the piece is both important and amusing at various points and certainly broke, and ...

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Boy Meets Boy – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Book: Bill Solly and Donald Ward Music and lyrics: Bill Solly Director: Gene David Kirk Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:5] Just a stone’s throw away from Piccadilly Circus, the intimate Jermyn Street Theatre has quietly been building a reputation for quality productions with a focus on unknown and forgotten classics and recently scored a massive success with the stage premiere of ...

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Goodnight Mr Tom – Phoenix Theatre, London

Writer: David Wood, from the novel by Michelle Magorian Director: Angus Jackson Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Now that Blood Brothers has now finished its 21 year London run, the Phoenix Theatre is opening up its doors to new productions: Midnight Tango and Once will come in the new year but first up is Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Goodnight Mr ...

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The Changeling – Young Vic, London

Writer: Thomas Middleton and William Rowley Director: Joe Hill-Gibbins Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] Joe Hill-Gibbins' raucous production of The Changeling first played the intimate Maria studio at the Young Vic earlier this year and encouraged by its success there, it has now transferred into the main theatre to provide a Gothic pre-Christmas treat. Middleton and Rowley's Jacobean tragedy which spirals ...

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