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ENO: The Merry Widow – The Coliseum, London

Composer: Franz Lehar English Lyrics: Richard Thomas English Book: April de Angelis Director: Max Webster Conductor: Kristiina Poska Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In a show that purposefully sets out to celebrate the resourceful and determination of women, it is in the orchestra pit that the real star of Max Webster’s new take on The Merry Widow resides. Kristiina Poska is still that ...

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As You Like It – Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Rosalind in As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s greatest female roles, a protagonist with wit and intelligence who commands much of the action. The play itself will either sweep you away with its dreamy romanticism, or, to paraphrase George Bernard Shaw, it’s crowd-pleasing sentimentality will get on your nerves. Max ...

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The Jungle Book- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rudyard Kipling adapted by Jessica Swale Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Mowgli (Keziah Joseph) dreams of, or perhaps he remembers, an earlier part of his life when he lived in an actual rather than an urban jungle. When Mowgli’s father is killed by the tiger Shere Kahn (Lloyd Gorman) the wolves of the jungle and other animals rally ...

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The Jungle Book – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Rudyard Kiping Adaptor: Jessica Swale Music: Joe Stilgoe Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Daryl Holden The Jungle Book is a tale that everyone experiences at some point in their younger years.  For most, it is through the Disney film of the same name, which is now arguably more well-known than the original Rudyard Kipling books. This is where The Children’s ...

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Cover my tracks with Charlie Fink – The Lowry, Salford

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Director: Max Webster Music: Charlie Fink Writer: David Greig Reviewer: Andrea Allen What does it take to disappear? And what happens to those who are left behind? Cover My Tracks is a powerhouse collaboration between former Noah and the Whale front-man and songwriter Charlie Fink, playwright David Greig and director Max Webster. A sparse set-up features two performers, a mic and a guitar coupling songs from ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – Charlie Fink: Cover My Tracks

Writers: Charlie Fink and David Grieg  Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Kris Hallett Well, it’s certainly novel. A one-hour show basically created as a hype machine for former Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink’s new studio album, is certainly a different commercial sell than a couple of million dollar music video. It’s an avenue rarely explored so far in theatre ...

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The Twits – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Max Webster Reviewer: John Roberts Following on from their colourful and entertaining production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches,  Leicester’s Curve theatre alongside Kingston’s Rose Theatre have joined forces to present this hideously grotesque, yet highly enjoyable tour of Dahl’s deliciously disgusting duo. Under the direction of Max Webster, Dahl’s dark tale is brought vividly ...

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The Winter’s Tale  – Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Max Webster Composer: Alasdair Macrae Reviewer: S.E. Webster Spring, summer, autumn, winter.  Whatever the season audiences everywhere will be guaranteed at least one production of a Shakespearean drama. The vogue for transporting Shakespeare to new settings shows no sign of waning. Thus it is on the crest of this particular theatrical wave that Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum ...

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