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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music / Lyrics: Marc Shaiman / Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Helen Tope Hairspray is a musical that moves to its own beat. Born rebellious, the musical derived from John Waters’ 1988 film, is a tale of inequality, difference and why we should care. In 2018, against a background of ...

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Punk Rock – Lantern Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Simon Stephens Director: Lisa Gregan Reviewer: Julia Beasley A group of sixth formers hangs out in the library of a private school. They’re facing mock A-level exams and feeling under pressure to perform.  Personality cracks soon begin to develop. Ultimately the weakest link will break, with devastating and gory consequences. This dramatic piece by the Bristol Old Vic Young ...

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One Festival: Programme D  -The Space Theatre, London

Mission Abort written by Therese Ramstedt and directed by Claire Stone Crossrail written by Philippa Mannion and directed by Jodie Botha Just One More Time written by Guleraana Mir and directed by Mingyu Lin A Fallen Cigarette Butt written by Stefanie-May Hammoudeh The End of Term Show written by Olu Alakija and directed by John Fricker Reviewer: Richard Maguire All ...

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Tiny Dynamite – Old Red Lion Theatre, London

Writer: Abi Morgan Director: David Loumgair Reviewer: Stephen Bates How are we supposed to deal with the randomness of fate in a world where one person can survive being struck by lightning and another can be killed by a flying sandwich? Abi Morgan’s Tiny Dynamite asks this question through two troubled characters. She wrote the play in 2001 and she ...

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This Story of Yours  – The White Bear Theatre, London

Writer: John Hopkins Director: David Sayers Reviewer: Richard Maguire Entering the White Bear Theatre’s new digs above the Kennington pub, we hear the cackle of a police radio to prepare us for this police procedural drama first seen at the Royal Court in 1968. Interspersed in the static, are songs from the 60s. One of them is a song by ...

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East – King’s Head Theatre, London

Writer: Steven Berkoff Director: Jessica Lazar Reviewer: Stephen Bates Returning to the King’s Head where it made its debut in 1975, East, Steven Berkoff’s angry and unsentimental homage to London’s East End, has lost none of its potency. Now, as then, there is a sense that the theatre’s location, in North London bordering on the East, provides the writer with ...

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One Festival: Programme B  – The Space Theatre, London

Perfect written by Rachael Claye and directed by Danielle McIlven Motherland written by Naomi Joseph and directed by Rachael Black It’s Not A Sprint written by Grace Chapman directed by Ellie Simpson Sweet Fade written by Charlotte Powell and directed by Orlando James Reviewer: Richard Maguire This is the final year of the One Festival at The Space where 19 ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Bristol Hippodrome

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Holly Spanner Even though the original Broadway production scooped seven of the 11 nominated Tony Awards, Sunset Boulevard somehow always seems underrated, overshadowed by other musicals. Given the scale and grandeur of this musical, it is fully deserving of attention in its own right. ...

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