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Pleasure – Liverpool Playhouse

Timothy Nelson and Nick Pritchard in Pleasure

Book: Melanie Challenger Music: Mark Simpson Director: Tim Albery Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Pleasure shows us that you can get power and emotion into an opera without the epic scale. It is billed as a chamber opera and runs for about 75 minutes straight through. A size of show that could easily grow in popularity. Especially as it has only four ...

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Guys and Dolls – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Jo Swerling &Abe Burrows Music &Lyrics: Frank Loesser Choreography: Carlos Acosta &Andrew Wright Director: Gordon Greenberg Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys So successful is Chichester Festival Theatre's 2014 production of Guys and Dolls, that not only has it made the transfer to the West End but has also spawned a comprehensive national tour. Sad to say, however, it appears to have ...

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Land of Our Fathers – Playhouse Studio, Liverpool

The cast of Land of Our Fathers

Writer: Chris Urch Director: Paul Robinson Reviewer: John Roberts   Coal – the life-blood of the UK’s energy for hundreds of years. Tirelessly men worked in cramped and dangerous conditions to supply the country with small pieces of carbon that we could burn… history, literally going up in smoke and the mine setting makes Chris Urch’s powerful debut play even ...

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Hairspray – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

The Cast of the UK tour of Hairspray

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Dominic Corr Good morning Baltimore and good evening Edinburgh. Based on John Walter’s 1988 film of the same name, it’s Baltimore, it’s the 1960s and it’s Hairspray. Young Tracey Turnblad (Freya Sutton) decides that it’s about time she achieved her vision ...

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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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The Haunting of Hill House – Playhouse, Liverpool

The Haunting of Hill House

Writer: Anthony Neilson Director: Melly Still Reviewer: Abbie Rippon   Based on the novel of the same name by American author Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House tells the story of a supernatural, social and psychological experiment that takes place in the mystical Hill House. Many of the house’s previous residents have died in cruel and mysterious ways and ...

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Snow White – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Faye Tozer as the Wicked Queen in Snow White

Writer/Director: Paul Ferguson Musical director: Simon Barnard Choreographer: Alison Heffron Reviewer: Louise Sharp Blue Genie Entertainment returns to Whitley Bay Playhouse for a seventh year with a magical production of Snow White. The show opens with a projected animated storybook featuring many Pantomime favourites and the curtain lifts to a chorus of song and dance. Snow White (Charlotte Chinn) takes ...

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Cinderella – Playhouse, Salisbury

Prince Charming, Baroness and Dandini

Writer: Andrew Pollard Director: Ryan McBride Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage Christmas festivities stormed into Salisbury Playhouse with an enormous pantomime bang as Cinderella opens to a full house of exuberant children and excited adults. Director Ryan McBride and writer Andrew Pollard have a sure fire hit on their hands with their adaptation of this pantomime stalwart. With an inventive set comprising ...

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