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Night of the Living Dead™ LIVE! – The Pleasance, London

Writer: Christopher Bond, Dale Boyer and Trevor Martin Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Mike WellsThe title alone is enough to excite any horror movie aficionado. The original Night of the Living Dead™vmight be over 60 years old now, but five sequels and two remakes later, it’s legacy as an icon of the genre is as strong as ever. It redefined the ...

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The Return Of The Soldier, Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book and lyrics:  Tim Sanders Music: Charles Miller Director: Charlotte Westerna Reviewer: Richard Hall As the Centenary of the end of The Great War approaches it is fitting that Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre has chosen to mark this significant anniversary by programming this wonderful musical. It serves as a timely and deeply poignant reminder that when the Armistice was signed ...

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Bananaman The Musical – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Leon Parris Director: Mark Perry  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If you thought pantomime season was over for another year, think again. Southwark Playhouse’s latest musical Bananaman, based on the DC Thompson comic strip that now resides in the Beano after life in the now-defunct stablemates Nutty and the Dandy, is firmly in the over-the-top, child-friendly silly comedy ...

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Dick Whittington – Milton Keynes Theatre

Dick Whittington from Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Russell Labey Reviewer: Maggie Constable It’s behind you! Well, actually it’s not, but yes it’s that time again! Dick Whittington the panto has arrived at Milton Keynes Theatre. Dick Whittington and his trusted feline friend, Tommy, set off on their fun-filled quest for fame and fortune in London where, in a slight retelling of the traditional ...

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As We Forgive Them – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Marc Pickering and Charles Daish on As We Forgive Them at East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Richard Vergette Director: Andrew Pearson Set Design: Ed Ullyart Reviewer: Ron Simpson The date for the opening night of As We Forgive Them at the East Riding Theatre was chosen with painful appropriateness. Richard Vergette’s two-hander takes place on the occasions of three American elections. When it was first staged six years ago, Barrack Obama’s first election in 2008 ...

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The Stripper – St James Studio, London

Book: Carter Brown Music: Richard Hartley Lyrics: Richard O’Brien Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Stephen Bates “I’m interested in her deeply on a superficial level” a lascivious cop confides to the audience on first sight of Dolores, the voluptuous stripper of the title. The line places us instantly in the world of film noir and it is a pity that there ...

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The Toxic Avenger – Southwark Playhouse, London

The Cast of The Toxic Avenger

Book and Lyrics: Joe DiPietro Music and Lyrics: David Bryan Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Stephen Bates   The Garden State has little need to import weed killer. Tromaville, New Jersey (pop 15,000) is, we are told, the toxic chemical capital of the world and this spoof rock musical looks set to put it right on the map. The show’s origin ...

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Aladdin – Milton Keynes Theatre

The cast of Aladdin at Milton Keynes Theatre

Writer: Eric Potts Director: Russell Labey Reviewer: Maggie Constable It is panto season again and in Milton Keynes it is time to hop onto that magic flying carpet to be transported to Old Peking where you will encounter Aladdin and lots more! It’s an iconic tale but, in essence, a young man, Aladdin, finds a lamp containing a beautiful Genie, ...

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