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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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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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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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Preview: Inside the Midsummer Songs rehearsal room

The creation of a musical is something that is often shrouded in secrecy. The rehearsal, technical and creative process hidden away from view until the creative team are happy that the piece is in the best possible shape to face the public. When that piece is a brand new show, instead of one of the many revivals currently being staged, ...

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Miss Nightingale – City Varieties, Leeds

Writer, Music &Lyrics: Matthew Bugg Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Holly Spanner   Miss Nightingale originally premiered at the Lowry Studio, Salford and the King’s Head Islington in 2011, and has since undergone a significant re-write to the book, music and lyrics; all by composer Matthew Bugg, who is also responsible for the music behind the West End productions of Volcano, ...

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Miss Nightingale – The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Writer:Matthew Bugg Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Matthew Bugg Designer: Carla Goodman Reviewer: Michael Gray A nurse from the North Country longs to be on the burlesque stage. Her ambition is fostered by three men in wartime London – a black-marketeer Mr Fixit, a war-hero toff and a Polish Jew in exile. Matthew Bugg’s labour of love began its life ...

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NEWS: Threepenny Opera Leads New Wolsey Spring Season

Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre has today announced their Spring 2014 season. Musicals and drama both feature strongly in the line-up, with the Suffolk venue working with a number of regional venues to bring productions to the town. Working with Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Graeae Theatre Company, the New Wolsey will stage a brand new production of ...

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Miss Nightingale: The Burlesque Musical – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: Matthew Bugg Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Jane Pink [rating: 5]   In his autobiography, The Naked Civil Servant, Quentin Crisp describes the heightened sensitivities of people living through the blackouts and bombings of the London Blitz. “As soon as the bombs started to fall, the city became like a paved double bed. Voices whispered suggestively as you walked along; ...

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