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Jerry Springer The Opera – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Composer, Lyricist, Book: Richard Thomas Additional Lyrics & Book: Stewart Lee Director: James Baker Reviewer: Matt Forrest Talk about making a statement and putting yourself on the map! That’s precisely what Northern Ricochet have gone and done with their inaugural production. Choosing to stage Jerry Springer The Opera as your first production takes some balls: it’s a risky strategy, but it’s ...

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ENO: The Merry Widow – The Coliseum, London

Composer: Franz Lehar English Lyrics: Richard Thomas English Book: April de Angelis Director: Max Webster Conductor: Kristiina Poska Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In a show that purposefully sets out to celebrate the resourceful and determination of women, it is in the orchestra pit that the real star of Max Webster’s new take on The Merry Widow resides. Kristiina Poska is still that ...

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Made In Dagenham – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

The Cast Of Made In Dagenham

Writer: Richard Bean Composer: David Arnold Lyricist: Richard Thomas Director: Douglas Rintoul Musical Director: Ben Goddard Reviewer: Michael Gray   Vintage Fords flock to Hornchurch for the homecoming opening of this first major revival of the 2014 musical Made In Dagenham. It's based on the film of a few years earlier, which embroiders the story of the Dagenham machinists' 1968 ...

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INTERVIEW: Douglas Rintoul – bringing Made In Dagenham home

Doug Rintoul at Queen's Theatre Horchurch

There's a sense of homecoming at The Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch, as the stage musical Made In Dagenham prepares to open at the Essex venue. Based on real life events at Ford's Dagenham plant, just a short distance away from the theatre, this brand new production proves to be a fitting opening to Douglas Rintoul's tenure as Artistic Director of The ...

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CD REVIEW: Made in Dagenham – Original Cast Recording.

Book:Richard Bean Lyrics: Richard Thomas Music: David Arnold Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent The film Made in Dagenham released in 2010, enjoyed a glowing reception and numerous award nominations. Based on the true story about the women who fought for the equal pay act while working at the Ford factory in Dagenham in the 1960s is both empowering and, alarmingly, still very ...

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Made In Dagenham – Adelphi Theatre, London

Book: Richard Bean Lyrics: Richard Thomas Music: David Arnold Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Turning a film into a play or stage musical has become fairly commonplace; yet in a discerning market, for every success like Grease or Hairspray there’s a misfire like Fatal Attraction. How much more difficult that becomes when the you take a film that ...

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Merrie Hell – Soho Theatre, London

Writers: David Hoyle &Richard Thomas Director: Gary Reich Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:4] Brash, acerbic and darkly comic, this is an alternative Christmas show with bite.Co-created and performed by Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer The Opera) and David Hoyle (aka The Divine David), Merrie Hell was always going to have a sting in the tail, and the dynamic duo certainly did not ...

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CD REVIEW: Jesus Chris Superstar

Producer: Richard Beadle Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:4.5] Jesus Chris Superstar is the debut album from Chris Thatcher, describing itself as a collection of contemporary comedy musical theatre songs. It is, in fact, far more than this. Opening with Sensitive Song from Cops, the album starts as this title suggests; soft, gentle and loving, and then it hits you, bang, with ...

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