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Night of the Iguana – Noël Coward Theatre, London

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: James Mcdonald Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty The thickness of the air around the clifftop veranda feels almost physical in James Mcdonald’s production of this hot, sticky, sometimes disturbing, always intriguing play. Trapped in a Mexican rainforest at a tin-roofed collection of shacks trying to be a hotel where people can run to when their problems get overwhelming, ...

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The Last Ship – Theatre Royal, York

Music and Lyrics: Sting Writer/Director: Lorne Campbell                              Original Book: John Logan and Brian York Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Sting’s The Last Ship has been touring since March with York Theatre’s Royal marking the penultimate stop on this successful tour.  Due to technical issues on the night of this review, the musical started half an hour later.  With the complex hi-tech ...

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The Last Ship – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Book: Lorne Campbell (original book by John Logan & Brian Yorkey) Music & Lyrics: Sting Director: Lorne Campbell Designer: Fifty Nine Productions Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Sting’s musical love song to his Tyneside homeland, The Last Ship, is in his own words to: “repay a debt” to the area he left early in his career. Starting life unsuccessfully in the US, ...

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The Last Ship – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music and Lyrics: Sting Book: Lorne Campbell Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: James Garrington New musicals as striking as The Last Ship don’t come along very often. Strictly speaking, this is not a new musical, though – it premiered in 2014 in Chicago before transferring to Broadway for a brief run. Since then it has been reworked, and it’s this new version ...

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The Last Ship – Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne

Music & Lyrics: Sting Book: Lorne Campbell Musical Director: Richard John Director: Lorne Campbell Reviewer: Mark Clegg Sting’s musical The Last Ship premiered in 2014 in Chicago before transferring to Broadway. A passion project for Sting who was born and raised in Wallsend, Newcastle - the heartland of the shipbuilding industry, an original story of the decline of British industry ...

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Mary Poppins – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Book: Julian Fellowes Director: Richard Eyre Original Music and Lyrics: Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics: George Stiles and Anthony Drewe Reviewer: Chris Oldham For many, the wistful opening bars of Chim Chim Cher-ee are enough to conjure up memories of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke dancing in a world above ...

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Sons of the Desert – Royal Court, Liverpool

Adaptor/Director: Ken Alexander Reviewer: John Roberts [rating:4] "We were trying to do a very simple thing, give people some laughs, and that's all we were trying to do" The above statement from Stan Laurel seems easier said than done, not many people have a natural gift of comedy, where every slapstick whack and clowning escapade can bring an audience into ...

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Birds of a Feather – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Gary Lawson, John Phelps Creators: Laurence Marks, Maurice Gran Director: Simon James Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe [rating: 2.5 ] In the 15 plus years since Birds of a Feather graced our screen, we have seen stars Pauline Quirk, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph go on to other things. Now they have returned as the Essex girls (or older ladies) on ...

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