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The Sea Queen – The Scoop, London

Writer: Daniel Winder Director: Rae Mcken Reviewer: Maryam Philpott For centuries writers have been obsessed with a meeting between two sixteenth-century Queens that never happened. From Friedrich Schiller to Josie Rourke, the reign of Elizabeth I is defined by her compatriot cousin Mary Queen of Scots, but the pair were never face to face. However, Elizabeth did meet another female ...

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Miss Nightingale – Hippodrome Casino Theatre, London

Writer/director: Matthew Bugg Reviewer: David Guest Saucy songs chock-full of innuendo threaten to drag a charming and interesting new-ish musical down to a smutty gutter where Kenneth Williams lurks with a nudge, a wink and a bawdy “Oooooh, matron!” This is an enormous shame because, at its simple and innocent heart, Miss Nightingale is a fresh and engaging British musical. It ...

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Cirque Berserk – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Director: Martin Burton Creative Director: Julius Green Set Designer: Sean Cavanagh Lighting Designer: Mike Robertson Sound Designer: Matthew Bugg Costume Designer: Dianne Kelly Reviewer: S.E. Webster If you’ve ever wanted to learn the art of contortion, aerial ballet or foot juggling then step away from the gymnasium and into your local theatre. Currently touring the UK, Cirque Berserk offers all ...

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Miss Nightingale: The Musical – The Vaults, London

Writer and Director: Matthew Bugg Reviewer: Maryam Philpott 'It is a very ungentlemanly thing to read a private cigarette case’ Oscar Wilde wrote in The Importance of Being Earnest, but it does make an excellent plot device if you’re hiding something in the 1940s. The latest iteration of Matthew Bugg’s Miss Nightingale: The Musical which arrives at The Vaults for ...

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Cirque Berserk! – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Cirque Berserk! starts with the announcement you never expect to hear in a theatre - keep your phones on, take photos and video, and tweet to your heart’s content. And you will definitely want to (especially when the robot walks out). The show is a healthy mix of traditional circus fare, like clowning ...

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Cirque Berserk – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Cirque Biserk

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Lu Greer   Some people have claimed that circuses are dying. The big tops are empty. The trapeze is gathering dust. The clown shoes are forgotten. Those people have clearly never experienced Cirque Berserk, who arrive with a bang to prove that the circus isn’t just alive and well, but able to produce a whole ...

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Miss Nightingale – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Matthew Bugg, Conor O'Kane and Clara Darcy in Miss Nightingale

Book, Lyrics and Composer: Matthew Bugg Director: Karen Simpson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   When we look back on the Blitz now, we tend to have a romanticised view as we think of chirpy Cockneys making the best, of a capital city keeping calm and carrying on. The reality must have been quite different. Little wonder that many Londoners chose to ...

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Sleeping Beauty – CAST, Doncaster

Esther-Grace Button as Fairy Nightshade in Sleeping Beauty at CAST

Director: Kully Thiarai Writers: Matthew Bugg and Tobias Oliver Reviewer: Andrew White   It’s that time of year again for theatres all over the land to switch into Panto mode (Oh, yes it is!) and Doncaster’s CAST is no exception. In fact, the CAST Pantomime is something of a tradition – even if this is only the venue‘s third one. ...

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