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Salad Days – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade Music: Julian Slade Lyrics: Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Jo Beggs You might not be too familiar with Salad Days, written as a summer show by the youthful Julian Slade (just 24) and Dorothy Reynolds for the Old Vic in 1954, but you can see why, against all expectations, it ...

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Salad Days – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book and Lyrics: Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade Music: Julian Slade Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can’t help wondering what on earth Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds were on when they wrote Salad Days in a month in 1954 to form the summer show at the Old Vic. Written at a time when Britain was still in the ...

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The Toxic Avenger – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Joe DiPietro and David Bryan Director: Benji Sperring Reviewer: Richard Maguire Finally, the 2016 Southwark Playhouse production of The Toxic Avenger gets its London transfer. Based on the cult classic film of 1984, this musical, penned by the writers who gave us the underrated Memphis the Musical, is chaotic, messy and irreverent – to quote some of its lyrics, ‘it kicks ass, ...

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Furious Folly – Sutton Park, Birmingham

Furious Folly, an immersive experience

Creator: Mark Anderson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Sutton Park, just outside Birmingham, was the home of two local pals’ regiments while they were in training and was subsequently used as a hospital for Australian and New Zealand servicemen during the First World War. So in the week where Britain has been commemorating and remembering the horrors of the Battle of the ...

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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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Love Me Tender – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Shaun Williamson and Mica Paris

Book: Joe Di Pietro Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What an exuberant and uplifting night out a visit to Love Me Tender is. From the outside, this seems to be the usual jukebox musical, in this case using music and songs associated with Elvis Presley, but somehow it manages to transcend the genre. Yes, the plot, almost Shakespearian in ...

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Love Me Tender – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Joe DiPietro Music: Inspired by the music of Elvis Presley Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Before Joe DiPietro wrote the multi-award-winning Memphis, he made his Broadway debut with the show All Shook Up, ten years on and All Shook Up has had a shake-up of its own from director and choreographer Karen Bruce and is now touring the UK as Love ...

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Love Me Tender – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Joe DiPietro Music: Inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys This seemingly 'new' musical is actually a decade old, starting life on Broadway in 2005 as All Shook Up, it has been freshened up by director and choreographer Karen Bruce and is now touring the UK prior to a hopeful West End transfer as Love Me ...

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