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Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse

Book: Dennis Kelly Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys With its origins as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2010 festive show, nine years down the line, Dennis Kelly and Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda has been seen by over eight million people around the globe. Winning awards and smashing box office records wherever ...

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Matilda The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Dennis Kelley (based on the book by Roald Dahl) Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Joan Phillips Enter the dark imagination of Roald Dahl in the story of Matilda, a young girl, unwanted and overlooked by her parents. Seen from the point of view of the young girl, in Dahl’s imaginary world the children are wiser ...

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Matilda: The Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptor: Dennis Kelly Music/Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director Matthew Warchus The success of Matilda: The Musical, like its titular hero, should not be underestimated. Having premiered eight years ago at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Tim Minchin and Dennis Kelly’s musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s touching tale of an unlikely friendship champions the underdog despite the harshest of ...

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Matilda the Musical – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Dennis Kelly, from the book by Roald Dahl Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Matilda Wormwood is a precocious, intelligent, imaginative and resilient girl with a strong sense of what is right.  By the age of five, she has taught herself the three Rs and has read many of the classics. Yet in a world where ...

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Matilda the Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre

Author: Roald Dahl Book: Dennis Kelly Music and Lyrics: Tim Minchin Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Maggie Constable The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi-award-winning Matilda The Musical has arrived in Milton Keynes this week, it has been long anticipated and will play for almost a month. Roald Dahl’s 1988 novel is a well known and much loved one which has been given that special treatment by ...

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Long Day’s Journey Into Night – Bristol Old Vic

Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville

Writer: Eugene O’Neill Director:Richard Eyre Reviewer:Kris Hallett   It’s a big year for Bristol Old Vic with its 250-year celebration making it the oldest theatre in Britain. It passes this, its showcase event with aplomb; director Richard Eyre, who was inspired to go into the theatre having watched Peter O’Toole’s Hamlet here as a schoolboy, working in the city for ...

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Fathers and Sons – Donmar Warehouse, London

Writer: Brian Friel (from the novel by Ivan Turgenev) Director: Lyndsey Turner Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Imagine you could remake society, not just revolutionise it, but entirely remake it from scratch; remove every structure, every institution, every person and every meaning that exists and start anew. This belief, known as nihilism, is introduced into the rural home of the Kirsanov family ...

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Stephen Ward – Aldwych Theatre, London

Composer: Andrew Lloyd Webber Book and Lyrics: Christopher Hampton and Don Black Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: Stephen Bates [rating:4] In 1963, when the Kennedy assassination rocked the world, Britain was still shaking from the seismic effects of the Profumo Scandal. John Profumo, Minister of War, had been sharing a mistress, Christine Keeler, with a naval attache at the Soviet Embassy, ...

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