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Billionaire Boy – The Musical – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Jon Brittain from the book by David Walliams Music: Miranda Cooper and Nick Coler Lyrics: Jon Brittain and Miranda Cooper Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Billionaire Boy – The Musical hits the Belgrade this week as part of a short national tour – and it’s a jolly, light-hearted romp with a serious message at its heart. Joe Spud is an ordinary boy, ...

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Murder for Two – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

Book: Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair Music: Joe Kinosian Lyrics: Kellen Blair  Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington The tale of the country-house murder has been around for a long time, and Murder for Two is another incarnation of the concept, but with a few twists along the way. It’s the same basic concept, though, and builds on the sort of thing ...

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Working – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Studs Terkel Adaptors: Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the eyes of America's current President, the triple whammy of globalisation, de-industrialisation and illegal immigration has snuffed out working life in large parts of his country. Therefore, there can be nothing more timely than the reminder of the values of work that comes from ...

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Murder for Two – The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Murder For Two at The Watermill Newbury

Book, Music and Lyrics: Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair Director: Luke Shepherd Review: David Jobson   This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Watermill Theatre, and to start off this special year the venue is once again delving into a genre that they’ve come to specialise in. The small-scale musical where the cast play both actor and musician. This ...

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Peter and the Starcatcher – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher

Writer: Rick Elice Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: James Garrington Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up – the lost boys, battles with pirates, and the children who fly with him to Neverland. What happened before the book, though? How did the boys get there, why don’t they grow up? Peter and the Starcatcher promises to ...

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Night Must Fall – Exeter Northcott Theatre

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Ben Miller-Jarvest "Everyone loves a good murder," as one character quips during the evening, but Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall is no cosy drawing room murder mystery, but a thriller in which there is little doubt from early on who the murderer is, and therefore the tension comes from knowing the other characters ...

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Night Must Fall – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Paul Couch Emlyn Williams’ Night Must Fall was written in 1934 (first produced in 1935) and, at the time, must have seemed shocking to an audience with just access to embryonic cinema and television yet to arrive. By 2016, it has dated, of course, but not as much as one would expect. The ...

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Night Must Fall – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Emlyn Williams Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The scene is Forest Corner, an isolated bungalow in the forest belonging to the selfish, overbearing and thoroughly unpleasant Mrs Bramson. In Forest Corner, we find a small household in which the niceties of life in the 1930s are played out, but one is immediately aware that civilisation here is the ...

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