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Avenue Q – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Cressida Carre Reviewer: Dominic Corr We’re back on Avenue Q, running for fifteen years the street is still offering up an evening of filth, wickedness and yet holds a mirror up to its audience more than ever. Just when you thought bright colours and puppets were for kids, Avenue Q proves ...

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Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens –  Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Janet Hood Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Ghosts are a staple of AIDS texts. At the end of LongtimeCompanion, one of the first films to address the AIDS crisis, survivors are greeted on the beach by those they have lost to the virus. In The Inheritance, the most recent play documenting the epidemic, ...

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Operation Mincemeat  – New Diorama, London

Writers and Composers: David Cumming, Felix Hagan, Natasha Hodgson and Zoe Roberts Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The West End may be awash with American musicals at the moment, but if Operation Mincemeat is anything to go by, the best place to see new British musicals is the fringe. This clever, whacky and quintessentially British show about a Second World War plan to ...

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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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