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Cirque Berserk – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Cirque Biserk

Creative Director: Julius Green Reviewer: Lu Greer   Some people have claimed that circuses are dying. The big tops are empty. The trapeze is gathering dust. The clown shoes are forgotten. Those people have clearly never experienced Cirque Berserk, who arrive with a bang to prove that the circus isn’t just alive and well, but able to produce a whole ...

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INTERVIEW: William Galinsky on Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016

William Galinsky

With a history stretching back over 240 years, the annual Norfolk &Norwich Festival has a robust pedigree. The festival, though, isn’t one to rely on past glories and is constantly looking for the best music, cabaret, literature, comedy, dance and theatre to fill its 17-day programme. As the 2016 line up is launched this evening [24 February 2016] at Norwich’s ...

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Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book: Stephen Elliott and Allan Scott Musical Director: Stephen ‘Spud’ Murphy Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Glen Pearce   It’s hard to believe that Priscilla Queen Of The Desert first hit our screens 22 years ago. Since then the film has journeyed to the stage and now, once again, is on the road in the ultimate flamboyant musical. The tale of ...

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PREVIEW: 2016 – A look ahead

2015 was a thrilling rollercoaster ride for the theatre scene, with more venues programming exciting and risk-taking productions that complemented a more traditional slate of work. We saw artistic directors leave venues for pastures new and then, in return, gain new visionaries for the future. So as we stand on the precipice of 2016, what theatrical delights await? We asked ...

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Annie – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Musical Director: George Dyer Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Over the years, some musicals gain an unfair reputation for being saccharine sweet confections. Often the fault lies with film adaptations of the original stage material, the hard edges of the live performance softened for cinema audiences. It’s a fate ...

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Shrek The Musical – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Original Director: Jason Moore and Rob Ashford Tour Director: Nigel Harman Musical Director: Dave Rose Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Touring stage musicals are a strange beast. Sometimes some of the magic and spectacle is lost in the scaling down to allow for tour logistics. Shrek The Musical, however, is fittingly a genre-defying ...

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Carousel – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein Music: Richard Rodgers Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Lu Greer   Carousel, originally written in 1945, tells the story of the ill-fated romance of Billy Bigelow (Keith Higham) and Julie Jordan (Gillene Butterfield). Soon after the two meet they find themselves out of work with Julie pregnant and Billy, seeing no other choice, turns to crime to try ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Sam Green

Sam Green is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who specialises in live narrated documentary. His latest project, The Measure Of All Things, receives its UK premiere at the Norfolk &Norwich Festival. Green will be narrating the film live on stage, accompanied by classical ensemble yMusic. Green spoke to Glen Pearce from his New York home shortly before departing for Norwich.   What ...

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