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Tommy – Greenwich Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics by: Pete Townsend Book by: Des McAnuff Director: Michael Strassen Reviewer: Scott Stait Based around The Who’s 1969 concept album, Tommy tells the story of a boy suffering from sensory deprivation in a world that doesn’t understand him. Following a tortured and misguided youth, by some twist of fate he miraculously regains his sight, speech and ...

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Season’s Greetings – Union Theatre, London

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Michael Strassen Reviewer: Robert Cottingham [rating:3] Christmas Eve, 1980. All is abuzz in the house of Neville and Belinda Bunker. Drinks are poured, the Christmas tree is lit, the presents are wrapped. We are in deepest suburbia, the same milieu of Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party, and a similar time frame, but the tone of Ayckbourn’s play ...

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NEWS: Forest Boy wins inaugural S&S Award

Set up in honour of and named after his parents Sidney and Sylvia, The S&S Award was created by Warner Brown as a celebration of new and as yet unproduced British musical theatre writing and held its inaugural award presentation at the St James Theatre on Sunday 24th November 2013. Don Black presented the prize to this year’s winners – ...

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Call Me Madam – Union Theatre, London

Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Book: Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse Director: Michael Strassen Reviewer: Samuel Hopkins [Rating:4] The Union Theatre is well known for being the breeding ground of some of the best fringe work in London and their current production of Call Me Madam only adds to this already glowing reputation. This musical, originally produced in 1950, takes the ...

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The Fix – Union Theatre, London

Book and lyrics: John Dempsey Music: Dana P Rowe Director: Michael Strassen Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] Staged and directed at the Union Theatre by Michael Strassen, whose award-winning production of Assassins played here in 2010, the plot of The Fix follows the Chandlers, a Kennedy-esque dynasty of political players. When presidential hopeful Senator Reed Chandler pops his clogs in flagrante ...

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