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Wasted – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music: Christopher Ash Book and lyrics: Carl Miller Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Stephen Bates If the gentle sounds of Chopin would fit well with the novels of Jane Austen, what would suit the Brontés? Iron Maiden? The proposition is carried forward in this new musical, telling the story the Bronté siblings and setting it to a pulsating rock score which ...

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An Adventure – Bush Theatre, London

Writer: Vinay Patel Director: Madani Younis Reviewer: Joanna Trainor “So pick me Jyoti and I swear I will make us the greatest adventure you ever have.” Jyoti has to decide who’s joining her for the adventure of her life before she’s old enough to even decide what she wants to do with it. She is sassy as all hell though. Big ...

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Midnight: A New Musical  – Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Timothy Knapman Music and Lyrics: Laurence Mark Wythe Director: Kate Golledge Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Based on a play by the Azerbaijani playwright Elchin, this new musical is reminiscent of both Dr. Faustus and An Inspector Calls, with even a few nods to A Christmas Carol.  Midnight is a dark and comic moral tale of what happens when you sell ...

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Losing Venice – Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond

Writer: Jo Clifford Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Stephen Bates Marrying the styles of restoration comedy and 1950s absurdism, Paul Miller’s revival of Jo Clifford’s Losing Venice is a curious venture that feels out of place and out of time. The play premiered at the 1985 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where, perhaps, it passed as frivolous fun, but, put under harsher scrutiny ...

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Opera Up Close: Maria Stuarda – Sutton House, London

Librettist and Director: Robin Norton-Hale after Bardari’ Orchestrator and Musical Director: Paul McKenzie Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty With a cast of just six singers and three musicians, Opera Up Close have stayed true to form and produced a muscular and engaging performance. Though it’s in concert style - music and singing with the sets, costumes and movement removed - it has ...

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Six: The Musical – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss Directors: Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage Reviewer: Tom Finch Every now and then a show comes along that is so well put together, so engaging and so hugely enjoyable that five stars doesn’t quite seem enough. If only there was the option to award six stars. Six - The Musical which burst into the Arts Theatre ...

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Unexpected Joy – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics:  Bill Russell Music:  Janet Hood Director: Amy Anders Corcoran Reviewer:  Richard Maguire To have another lesbian musical coming so soon after Fun Home is a very unexpected joy indeed. Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s musical, now playing at the Southwark Playhouse, may lack the sophistication (and the budget) of the Young Vic’s Fun Home, but it certainty doesn’t ...

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Blood Wedding – Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer: Federico Garcia Lorca Adaptor/Director: George Richmond-Scott Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Have you ever seen someone seductively mop a floor before? Because watch out for that, front row. George Richmond-Scott’s adaptation of the Lorca classic, Blood Wedding, is very much a play of two halves. Not that’s necessarily a negative attribute, but the interval in-between means there isn’t enough to gel ...

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