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Pack of Lies – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: Hugh Whitemore Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Stephen Bates Recent events in Salisbury have brought back the chill of the Cold War, making this revival of Hugh Whitemore’s 1983 play particularly timely and, with the Menier’s air-conditioning on a high setting, the audience feels that chill too. Pack of Lies is based on the real-life Portland Spy Ring affair of ...

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The Producers – New Theatre Oxford

Director: Matthew White Music &Lyrics: Mel Brooks Book: Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Reviewer: Katy Roberts This stylish revival of Mel Brooks' 2001 musical looks great, sounds great, and is supported by a large cast with several strong performances. Unfortunately, with the musical's script dating from 1968 (when the film on which the show is based was released), the humour ...

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The Producers – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Mel Brooks Book: Mel Brooks &Thomas Meehan Director: Matthew White Reviewer: John Roberts As opening night’s go, you couldn’t ask for a better reception than the one given to the cast of Mel Brooks’ The Producers as they landed in Liverpool for the week. Laughter radiated through the auditorium, a rapturous standing ovation received and even a show-stopping moment ...

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Jesus Christ Superstar – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Lyrics: Tim Rice Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Directors: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Dominic Corr   An infusion of rock opera with religious text shouldn’t work so cleanly, yet Jesus Christ Superstar offers a complimentary balance of exquisite musical talent, paired with one of our oldest tales that becomes one of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s greatest pieces. ...

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Jesus Christ Superstar – Liverpool Empire

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bob Tomson &Bill Kenwright Reviewer: John Roberts Opening on Broadway in 1971 and in the UK in 1972, Jesus Christ Superstar is arguably Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s finest collaboration. A unique look at the final days in Jesus' life this rock opera still feels incredibly fresh and timeless thanks to ...

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The Producers – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Mel Brookes and Thomas Meehan Music and Lyrics: Mel Brooks Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Matt Yeoman Fast-paced, energetic and laced with a touch of class, watching The Producers brings a bit of Broadway to the regions and true to the song, everything does go right. Directed by acclaimed director Matthew White, this show is nothing short of brilliance. The ...

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Annie Get Your Gun – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Original Book: Herbert Fields &Dorothy Fields Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Grace Galloway   Irving Berlin’s musical Annie Get Your Gun certainly goes off with a bang, but not as entirely sharp-shooting as perhaps anticipated. With classic songs including There's No Business Like Show Business and Anything you can do this show seems to be a recipe ...

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Annie Get Your Gun – New Oxford Theatre

Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin Original Book: Herbert Fields and Dorothy Fields New Book and Additional Material: Peter Stone Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Sixty eight years after its first appearance on Broadway, the rootin’ tootin’ story of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler is touring the UK with an all guns blazing cast led by West End performer Emma ...

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