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The Color Purple – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Alice Walker Music and Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray Director: Tinuke Craig Reviewer: Tim Harding Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel, The Color Purple tells a story with an epic sweep spanning over forty years in the life of Celie and the community in Georgia where she lives. It may be ...

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Iolanthe – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: W.S. Gilbert Composer: Arthur Sullivan Director: Sasha Regan Choreographer: Mark Smith Musical Director: Richard Baker Reviewer: Ron Simpson The full title of this production is evidence of a distinctive – indeed, unique – brand, Sasha Regan’s All Male Iolanthe, a guarantee of a highly inventive and tirelessly energetic approach to Gilbert and Sullivan, with high camp colliding with more ...

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The Who’s Tommy – Nottingham Playhouse

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  Dave Smith It’s nearly 50 years since The Who released Tommy, one of two concept albums by the band (along with Quadrophenia) that helped turn them from Mod favourites to genuine rock icons. The plot concerns ...

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Tommy – Greenwich Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics by: Pete Townsend Book by: Des McAnuff Director: Michael Strassen Reviewer: Scott Stait Based around The Who’s 1969 concept album, Tommy tells the story of a boy suffering from sensory deprivation in a world that doesn’t understand him. Following a tortured and misguided youth, by some twist of fate he miraculously regains his sight, speech and ...

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Hoof! – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Reviewer: Mel Duncan Imagine a world where one is whisked from the bygone factories of Northern England, to the open plains of the Great West, via a Titanic-esque liner, accompanied by foundry bells. All in a matter of minutes. That is a glimpse into the brilliantly bonkers experience that is Hoof! The brainchild of Rejects Revenge and Spike Theatre, Hoof! ...

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The Judgement of Hakim – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Andrew Sherlock Director: Mark Smith Reviewer: John Roberts No reviewer was harmed in the writing of this review. One followed the steps carefully thus making me safe! Originally deemed too dangerous for the Amnesty International Theatre Award, Sherlock’s frightening psychological thriller is made up of every fear we have of living in a modern society. Just how much do ...

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I Can Make You a Mentalist – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Doug Segal &James Hamilton Director: Mark Smith Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3] In a filmed introduction an avuncular Doug Segal (in Stephen Fry mode) defines a Mentalist as someone possessing extraordinary mental powers exercised through artifice and trickery. In other words the whole thing is just cheating and lying. There is no doubt that Segal is a master of the ...

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Sink or Swim – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: The Company Scripted by: Robert Farquhar Director: Mark Smith Reviewer: Laura Maley [Rating:3.5] Three men in a boat, and who do you think they are? The posh one, the simple one and the manic one, on the edge. Spike Theatre’s Sink or Swim is an inventive 75 minute marking the company’s 15th anniversary. Director Mark Smith takes inspiration from ...

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