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NEWS: Katie Hall leads cast in West Side Story revival.

Katie Hall is to lead the cast in the forthcoming UK 50th Anniversary tour of West Side Story in the rôle of Maria, with Louis Maskell as her star-crossed lover Tony. Hall has most recently finished playing the rôle of Christine in the 25th Anniversary production of Phantom of the Opera and prior to the Cossette also in the 25th ...

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NEWS: Will Young set to reprise his Emcee as Cabaret goes on tour

Multi-Million selling recording artist turned Olivier Award nominated musical theatre star Will Young, will reprise his rôle as Emcee in Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of Kander &Ebb’s Cabaret. Young recently starred in the well received production at the Savoy Theatre in the heart of London’s glittering West-End.Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2002, Will Young has ...

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The 39 Steps – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: John Buchan Adapter: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:5] Most people know something of The 39 Steps; the original book by John Buchan, the black and white film from 1935 by Hitchcock, the later 1959 film starring Kenneth More, the 1978 version with Robert Powell as our hero, or even the BBC version from 2008 starring ...

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Jekyll & Hyde- Blackwell’s Bookshop, Oxford

Writer: Robert Louis Stevenson Director/Adapter: Caroline Devlin Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer [Rating: 4.5] Hidden on the lower floor of Blackwell’s Bookstore in Oxford are the dark, labyrinthine 19th Century streets of London. Technically it’s the Norrington Room, an extension of the bookshop, but with the candlelit walkways and immersive sound effects, Stevenson’s world of fantasy, horror, and inner conflict has taken ...

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Blue Remembered Hills – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Dennis Potter Director: Psyche Stott Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:3] Dennis Potter's play, adapted from the original TV version on Play for Today in 1979, lasts an hour. Barely settled in to the theatre with coats off, than we are finished, and a slightly confused audience is spilling out..all checking watches and looking around bewildered. So does the play pack ...

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The Seagull – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Anton Chekhov Adapter: John Donnelly Director: Blanche McIntyre Reviewer: Mary Tapper [Rating:4.5] An intelligent and creative adaptation that captures the essence of Chekhov while bringing up to date the language in a natural and poetic way, this version of The Seagull is a real success. Chekhov captures the mood of the dysfunctional relationships between families and lovers with great ...

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Bicycle Boy – Oxford Playhouse at Osney Mill Marina

Written and Directed by Helen Eastman [Rating:5] Presented by Oxford Playhouse “Plays Out”, Bicycle Boy is hosted at Osney Mill Marina, in a specially created bicycle repair shop set; one is struck immediately by the intriguing surroundings – we are seated in a riot of junk and old bicycle parts in a wooden building that one could easily imagine had ...

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