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Pack of Lies – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: Hugh Whitemore Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Stephen Bates Recent events in Salisbury have brought back the chill of the Cold War, making this revival of Hugh Whitemore’s 1983 play particularly timely and, with the Menier’s air-conditioning on a high setting, the audience feels that chill too. Pack of Lies is based on the real-life Portland Spy Ring affair of ...

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Spamilton: An American Parody – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer and Director: Gerard Alessandrini Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Forget the truckload of Tony and Olivier awards, forget the fact your show sells out for a year in advance, and even forget all those magazine cover appearances, you really know you’ve made it when someone writes a spoof. Gerard Alessandrini best known for the Forbidden Broadway series has created Spamilton: An American ...

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Funny Girl – Liverpool Empire

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: John Roberts Sheridan Smith is a performer who, over the past few years, has had her own demons to quash and battled regularly with press intrusion, so it is no surprise that she brings real weight and gravitas to the role of Fanny ...

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Funny Girl – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Funny Girl is the (mostly) true story of the rise and first marriage of Broadway Vaudeville (and later film) star Fanny Brice. The musical dates from 1964, and its star Barbra Streisand went on to recreate the role in the Oscar-winning ...

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CD REVIEW: Funny Girl – 2016 London Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s probably fair to say that Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice would be no more than a footnote in history if it weren’t for the musical Funny Girl. Premiering on Broadway in 1964 thirteen years after her death, the show charts both the professional and personal highs and lows of the unconventional comic performer. It’s probably also ...

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CD REVIEW: Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined – London Cast Recording

Close To You - Artwork

Music: Burt Bacharach New Arrangements: Kyle Riabko Reviewer: Niall Harman Burt Bacharach is one of the most successful composers of recent decades, scoring hit after hit throughout the sixties and beyond, making for one of the most outstanding back catalogues in popular music. So it is perhaps inevitable that his music would one day be given the jukebox musical treatment. ...

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My Family (Not The Sitcom) – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: David Baddiel Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Has social media made us a less permissive society? These days it seems that any tweet or post, however frivolous or ironic could provide a feast for trolls, or as David Baddiel calls them “social justice warriors”, keen to point out some pc transgression. These tools supposedly give every individual a voice but are ...

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The Truth – Theatre Royal, Bath

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Claire Hayes Florian Zeller’s writing has become a phenomenon of the British stage over the last 18 months, with both The Father and its companion play The Mother being showcased in acclaimed translations by Christopher Hampton. But is his explosive brand of theatrical disorientation a simple flash in the pan, ...

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