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Footloose: The Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Director: Racky Plews Stage Adapation: Dean Pritchard and Walter Bobbie Choreographer: Matthew Cole Musical Director: David Keech Reviewer:Laura Hesketh A Hollywood hit and cultural sensation, Footloose grossed US$80 million, knocked Michael Jackson's albumThriller off of the number one spot, and collected Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in the process. Now Dean Pritchard and Walter Bobbie's extravaganza Footloose: The Musical returns ...

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The World Goes Round – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Composer: John Kander Lyricist: Fred Ebb Director: Lotte Wakeham Musical Director: Neil MacDonald Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mark Fisher’s programme note does this show somewhat of a disservice. He writes, “They did it with Singin’ in the Rain....And they did it with And the World Goes Round...” To be fair to Fisher, his specific point of comparison is that both recycle ...

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Footloose: The Musical – Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Director: Racky Plews Choreographer: Matthew Cole Musical Director: David Keech Reviewer: Mark Clegg Before becoming the UK’s leading mobile phone salesman, Kevin Bacon danced his way to stardom in the 1984 movie Footloose as Ren McCormack, a big-city kid who moves to a small town that has a ban on dancing. As the movie is fondly remembered, it inevitably got ...

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Just So Stories – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Rudyard Kipling Adaptor/Director: Vicky Ireland Designer: Lucy Weller Reviewer: Ron Simpson The target audience for Just So Stories is six+, so Vicky Ireland is careful not to strain the concentration of the younger audience members. Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories from 1902, fanciful tales of how animals developed the form they now have, are 12 in number, but this ...

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Becoming Hattie – East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Writer: Mhairi Grealis Director: Mary Swan Designer: Sam Pine Reviewer: Ron Simpson Becoming Hattie is rather more ambitious than most of the successful one-man/woman shows based on the lives and careers of actors/comedians. Rather than a no-interval one-hour show originating on a festival fringe, this is a full-length evening which attempts to link the lives of two people, one real, ...

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Contractions – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Image Credit Marc Brenner

Director: Lisa Blair Writer: Mike Bartlett Designer: Fly Davis Composer: Giles Thomas Reviewer: Jim Gillespie While Mike Bartlett’s latest theatrical adventure, Wild, is causing a stir at London’s Hampstead Theatre, 160 miles north, Sheffield Theatres has revived one of his earlier plays, Contractions. Originally a radio play, it was adapted for the stage at the Royal Court in 2008. The ...

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The Sons of Pitches – The Lowry, Salford

Photo Credit: Emilie Bailey

Reviewer:Dave Cunningham Thanks to the popularity of TV talent shows like The Naked Choir, audiences have an awareness of the formula for choirs. This requires that voices alone generate all sounds, including those usually produced by instruments,and that the choir’s songs be mainly those with which an audience is already familiar rather than original compositions. Support artist Jay Power begins ...

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The End of the Pier – Arts Centre, Washington

Writer &Director: Neil Armstrong Reviewer: Mark Clegg At a shabby end of the pier theatre, dark deeds are afoot, murder is on the bill and a dead body will soon appear centre stage. Lionel and Edith Boshe are The Lovebirds, a music hall double act whose marriage is as tired as their routines and whose 25-year relationship has soured to ...

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