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Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Richard Hurford Music/Lyrics: Rob Castell Directors: Suzann McLean, Damian Cruden Designer: Jane Linz Roberts Reviewer: Ron Simpson Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny takes its time deciding whether it wants to be a humorously feminist take on the Robin Hood story (with a message among the songs and the daft gags) or simply a summer pantomime. After a first ...

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Beyond The Fence – Arts Theatre, London

The cast of Beyond The Fence at The Arts Theatre

Writers and composers:Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Tom Finch   Can a computer write a hit musical? That’s the question asked by a Sky Arts documentary. Beyond the Fence is the product of several computer programmes that have been fed thousands of melodies, lyrics and plot devices from hit musicals and then processed in an attempt ...

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Merlin – Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

The cast of Merlin at Southampton's Nuffield Theatre

Writer: Ella Hickson Director: Liam Steel Reviewer: David Jobson   Who says libraries aren’t fun? This production company doesn’t think so in the Nuffield’s latest offering for the festive season, Merlin. Among the towering walls of bookshelves, the show is staged by a group of bespectacled, tweed-jacket-wearing librarians. An odd choice, but soon the level of imagination in Ella Hickson’s ...

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The Hudsucker Proxy – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Sam Raimi Adaptor: Simon Dormandy Director: Simon Dormandy and Toby Sedgwick Reviewer: Jo Beggs Translating a Hollywood film script to the stage is hardly unknown – it’s a great way to bring familiarity to your theatrical season – and judging by Kneehigh’s recent Rebecca, it might well bring lots of folks out who don’t ...

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The Snow Queen – The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Written: Georgia Pritchett Directed: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s much loved fairy tale that has spawned many popular adaptations, including the record breaking Disney film Frozen, The Snow Queen is a fantastic tale of adventure, as one girl summons the courage to rescue her best friend from the terrible Snow Queen. Georgia Pritchett’s adaptation does ...

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Norsesome – mac, Birmingham

Writers: Paul O’Mahony and Mike Tweddle Music and lyrics: Rob Castell and Paul O’Mahony Director: Mike Tweddle Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Having had runaway success with Unmythable, a romp through Greek mythology, Temple Theatre return with Norsesome, a new production that premiered at mac Birmingham before touring. The three man cast take the audience through Norse legend, with the Norse pantheon ...

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Barbershopera: El Matador – A Close Christmas Shave – The Drum, Plymouth

Writer: Tom Sadler &Rob Castell Director: Sarah Tipple Reviewer: Marina Spark Back for the fourth year running at The Drum theatre, Plymouth, award winning Barbershopera deliver yet another festive feast for the eyes and ears. This year’s offering is entitled El Matador – A Close Christmas Shave and is the perfect antidote to a bitterly cold winter’s night. The story ...

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