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Funny Girl – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

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Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  Laura Jayne Bateman Opening in Boston in 1963, Funny Girl was initially panned by critics and failed to win a single Tony Award after transferring to Broadway. However, after a run of over 1,000 performances, the musical was immortalised on film in 1968, starring ...

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Funny Girl – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

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Book: Isobel Lennart, revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It needs a glittering and glorious central performance to elevate the thin story of early Broadway star Fanny Brice to something spectacular, and that is precisely what Natasha J Barnes delivers in Michael Mayer’s stunning revival of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill’s classic Funny ...

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Funny Girl – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music, Lyrics & Book: Julie Styne, Bob Merrill & Isobel  Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: David Jobson What a history this show has. It was only last year that Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith, transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Savoy. A run that was met with setbacks but received heaps of praise, and gave Smith’s ...

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Funny Girl – Birmingham Hippodrome

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Fanny Brice was a phenomenon of the American stage in the early 20th Century. A natural comedienne and talented singer, she used her ‘funny face’ and ungainly movements to great effect, appearing in the Ziegfeld follies throughout the 1920s. Her personal life, ...

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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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Twelve Angry Men – Grand Opera House, York

Writer: Reginald Rose Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Better known as a 1957 film starring Henry Fonda (and the only film Fonda ever produced), Twelve Angry Men began its life as a play filmed live for US TV. It was written by Reginald Rose, and it won him an Emmy award – the first of three in Rose’s career. ...

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Twelve Angry Men – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Reginald Rose Director: Christopher Haydon Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Set in the 1950s, Twelve Angry Men follows the deliberations of a jury at the trial of a delinquent 16 year old. He is being tried for the murder of his father. The play exposes the assumptions, prejudices and emotions of the jurists locked in a room in New York on ...

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