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The Worst Witch – The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Emma Reeves based on the novel by Jill Murphy Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Dominic Corr Long before the boy who lived, there was a young witch who despite great intentions would always end up face first on the floor or in more trouble than she started. The Worst Witch saw a series of delightful children’s books by writer and ...

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Parenthood – The (Brand New!) Musical Revue – The Actors Church, London

Music, Book & Lyrics: Emily Moody & Pete Moody Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Parenthood – The (Brand New!) Musical Revue is a whistle-stop comedy tour through the highs and lows of raising kids; from antenatal classes to leaving home, and everything in between. Taking a light-hearted, but full-blooded swing at Instagram parenting, Parenthood lifts the lid on what it really takes to ...

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The King and I – Manchester Opera House

Book: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Bartlett Sher Reviewer: Matt Forrest As soon as the steamer glides onto the stage, you hear the opening note of I Whistle A Happy Tune, you know you’re in safe hands and are about to be treated to something special. For the arrival of the huge boat into ...

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Club Tropicana – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Michael Gyngell Directors:  Samuel Holmes and Nick Winston Reviewer:  Richard Maguire According to the song by 1980s band Wham!, Club Tropicana has it all. Free drinks. Fun and sunshine enough for everyone. All that’s missing, George and Andrew sing, is the sea. But this ‘80s jukebox musical of the same name is missing more than the sea. It also lacks ...

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West Side Story – The Royal Exchange, Manchester   

Concept:  Jerome Robbins Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim. Director:  Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Nowadays audiences are accustomed to perceiving West Side Story as a classic musical perfect for viewing on Sunday afternoons so it is hard to accept that, when first staged, its depiction of gang violence was controversial.  Now the UK has become a racially divided ...

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Thrill Me: The Leopold & Loeb Story  – Hope Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Stephen Dolginoff Director:  Matthew Parker Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Thrill Me certainly is thrilling. Based on the real-life case of Leopold and Loeb, the two lovers who killed a boy to prove that they were Nietzschean Supermen, this musical, despite its subject matter, is steamy and sexy. The 1924 murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks has inspired many writers, ...

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The Bodyguard – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Lawrence Kasdan Musical Director: Michael Riley Vocal Arrangements: Mike Dixon Director: Thea Sharrock Reviewer: Francesca Parker The 90s classic film, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Huston, was a box-office smash hit and the second-highest grossing film of 1992. In the public’s opinion, it was a total showstopper, and its soundtrack continues to prove incredibly popular today. Despite this, it ...

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Avenue Q – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carre Reviewer: Laura Stimpson The naughtiest puppets in theatreland are on tour, tonight’s stop - The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and they have the audience in hysterics throughout. Avenue Q has racked up the accolades since it’s theatre debut in 2003, including the Tony “Triple Crown” for Best Musical, score and ...

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