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The Band – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Tim Firth Music: Take That Director: Kim Gavin and Jack Ryder Reviewer: Lauren Maughan Watching a performance of The Band is a night you’ll never forget. Great songs, a great cast and a great bit of nostalgia for some of us– this show is one not to be missed. The story travels us through time, from the past to the ...

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Guys & Dolls – The Mill at Sonning

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Director: Joseph Pitcher Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Guys & Dolls is a cheeky, energetic romp through 1950s Manhattan – where gamblers, dime-store crooks, perky nightclub singers, and despairing missionaries criss-cross under the bright lights of Broadway. Amiable nogoodnik Nathan Detroit (Stephane Anelli) runs himself ragged in search of a location for his ...

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Cinderella: A Wicked Mother of a Night Out! – The Welcome Inn, Salford

Writer: Luke Barnes Director: Jimmy Fairhurst Reviewer: Matt Forrest With Panto’s a-plenty kicking around this time of year all jostling for your hard-earned cash it can all get a little repetitive: you sometimes need something little a different from the usual festive fare to get you into the Christmas spirit and production company Not Too Tame may have the solution. The touring ...

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The Producers – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Book:  Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Music/Lyrics: Mel Brooks Director: Raz Shaw Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The original movie version of The Producers was so outrageously funny it is hard to imagine a musical version could be an improvement. Yet this festive season The Royal Exchange certainly have a damn good try with director Raz Shaw’s staging of the musical. Producer Max ...

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Nativity! The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer and Director: Debbie Isitt Music: Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The clocks have gone back, Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night are over, so, of course, Christmas is here. Seven weeks early, but who's complaining when it's the stage version of Bafta Award-winning Debbie Isitt's hugely loveable 2009 movie, Nativity? For those familiar with the big-screen trilogy, the stage ...

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Wicked – WMC, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Gregory Maguire Adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Flying monkeys, a huge cast and multi changes of scene – there’s plenty of glitz in Wicked, billed as the prequel to the ever-popular Wizard of Oz and projecting the dark side of the coin.  What could be more ...

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Fame The Musical – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Director and choreographer: Nick Winston Conceived and developed by: David de Silva Music by: Steve Margoshes, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Fame, the hit TV series and iconic motion picture, synonymous with sweatbands and leg warmers and largely responsible for influencing 1980s fashion, celebrates its 30th anniversary with Selladoor Productions’ latest touring version. Three decades later, the ...

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Rock of Ages – Darlington Hippodrome

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Arrangements & Orchestrations: Ethan Popp Director & Choreographer: Nick Winston With the clarity of hindsight, anyone who lived through the 1980s will no doubt be able to now admit that it was a pretty silly decade. Big hair, big shoulder pads, embarrassing fashions: just plain silly. Rock of Ages, a musical celebrating the era and its music ...

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