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Les Misérables – Liverpool Empire

Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel  Additional Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Lawrence Connor and James Powell Reviewer: Jane Fleming Almost a decade has gone by since Les Misérables last embarked on a sell-out UK tour. Whilst remaining a favourite in the heart of London’s West End and following a successful Hollywood movie adaptation, the critically acclaimed musical ...

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Les Misérables – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Alain Boublil Book/Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Director: Laurence Connor Currently in the midst of its first UK tour in a decade, producer extraordinaire Cameron Mackintosh revives the 25th Anniversary production of Boublil and Schonberg’s epic musical masterpiece Les Misérables. Under the direction of Laurence Connor who has also helmed the new productions of Phantom of the Opera ...

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One of Those – Tristan Bates Theatre, London

The Cast of One Of Those at London's Tristan Bates Theatre

Writer: Tom Ward-Thomas Director: Amy Ewbank Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Wilde’s character Gwendolen Fairfax may have needed to take her diary for sensational train entertainment, but on any railway journey, the compression of hundreds of people means that any number of intimate human dramas are being played out across the carriages. This is the central concept of Tom Ward-Thomas’s new play, ...

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A Christmas Carol – Rose Theatre, Kingston

Poster Image of A Christmas Carol

Writer: Charles Dickens Adaptor/Director: Ciaran McConville Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Most productions of A Christmas Carol tend to follow the same tried and tested formula. The bleakness of Ebenezer Scrooge’s life is realised in sparse austerity, while those of his less parsimonious acquaintances are characterised by jubilant dances and festive singing. Scrooge himself usually speaks in miserable monotone, whereas the voices ...

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CD REVIEW: Top Hat The Musical – Original London Cast Recording

Producer: Chris Walker Publisher: First Night Records Reviewer: Jonathan Grant [Rating:4] The Original London Cast recording of Top Hat Is a delightful recording of a show that has brought a slice of 1930s Hollywood to the West End. Irving Berlin’s words and music proved to be the bedrock of one of the most successful films of that era, and the ...

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