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Calendar Girls – Bristol Hippodrome

Writers: Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Director: Matt Ryan Designer: Robert Jones Reviewer: Julia Beasley Getting naked for charity was a cheeky move by 11 female friends in North Yorkshire over 20 years ago. Modestly poised with sunflowers, teapots and currant buns,  their Women’s Institute nude calendar started life as a local controversy. It was all quietly subversive and heaps ...

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The Light in the Piazza – Royal Festival Hall, London

Composer and lyricist: Adam Guettel Writer: Craig Lucas Director Daniel Evans Reviewer: Stephen Bates Once upon a time, wealthy Americans could stroll through Italian cities, unhampered by hordes of other tourists, and get swept off their feet by the pick of the lusty locals. The Light in the Piazza harks back to the 1950s, when air travel was established and ...

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Calendar Girls the Musical – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Tim Firth and Gary Barlow Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: Dan English Preconceptions are thrown out of the window, along with pretty much everything else, as the Calendar Girls lay everything bare as part of its UK tour, reaching Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Continuing their successful musical theatre partnership, Tim Firth and Gary Barlow combine again to provide an entertaining book ...

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The Full Monty – Theatre Royal, Brighton

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Rupert Hill Reviewer: Simon Topping Mirroring the smash hit 1997 film of the same name, The Full Monty starts with a genuine information film from 1972 about Sheffield, called “Sheffield – City on the move”, with the announcer exuberantly and poetically exalting the cities steel industry. Cut to 25 years later and our action begins, following ...

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Calendar Girls: The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Writers: Tim Firth & Gary Barlow Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: John Roberts Tim Firth is no stranger to Calendar Girls having penned the original movie screenplay in 2003 and then the stage production in 2008. Now working in partnership with singer/songwriter and lead singer of Take That, Gary Barlow, the pair have re-worked the cheeky true story of a group of ...

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Twelfth Night- Young Vic, London

Creator: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shania Taub Directors: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The first show by a new Artistic Director is an important indicator of what’s to come, a chance to establish the tone for the ensuing years with a memorable statement about the kind of theatre they want to make. In assuming responsibility for the Young ...

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Calendar Girls, the Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Writers:  Gary Barlow and Tim Firth Design: Robert Jones Musical Staging: Lucy Hind Director: Matt Ryan Orchestrations: Steve Parry Reviewer: Rob Atkinson To judge a musical theatre rendition of a story against its original movie production, or even against the in-between incarnation of a stage play, is to risk comparing chalk with cheese; they’re simply different animals with different types ...

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The Full Monty – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Directed by: Jack Ryder Written by: Simon Beaufoy Reviewer: Ruth Jepson If you have passed the back of the Lyceum in Sheffield in the past fortnight, you will have been treated to the sight of Gary Lucy’s pert, five-foot-tall bottom. Which can only mean one thing: The Full Monty has made its triumphant return to Sheffield following a hugely successful ...

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