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Curtains – Darlington Hippodrome

Book: Peter Stone & Rupert Holmes Music & Lyrics: John Kander & Fred Ebb Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: Mark Clegg The easiest way to describe the concept of Curtains is that it is a cross between Kiss Me Kate and an Agatha Christie whodunnit (Kill Me Kate?). A murder investigation takes place backstage at a production of a western-themed musical ...

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Curtains – The Alexandra, Birmingham

Book: Rupert Holmes Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s 1959 Boston and the opening night of the musical Robbin’ Hood! – the English folk tale transplanted to the American West – prior to a mooted Broadway transfer. And it’s a disaster – principally because the female lead, diva Jessica Cranshaw, puts in a ...

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Club Tropicana – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Writer: Michael Gyngell Director: Samuel Holmes & Nick Winston Reviewer: Dominic Corr It’s June, the weather in Scotland is, well, Scottish. So where can you get guaranteed sunshine, sea and Joe McElderry? Club Tropicana: The Musical – that’s where. From the producers of Hairspray, Club Tropicana sets itself in a holiday resort in the 80s, a decade famous for big ...

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Club Tropicana – Opera House,Manchester

Writer: Michael Gyngell Directors: Samuel Holmes and Nick Winston Reviewer: Helen Jones The Eighties were all about big hair, big shoulders and living life to the full. The austerity of the Seventies was left behind and the young were out to make their mark on the world. Club Tropicanaattempts to capture the hedonistic glitz of the mid to late part ...

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Club Tropicana – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Michael Gyngell Directors:  Samuel Holmes and Nick Winston Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Under the leadership of business partners Serena and Robert, the Club Tropicana hotel has gone from strength to strength and is now a real contender for Hotel of the Year. However, with the arrival of the incognito inspector imminent, they realise too late that they’ve been the victim ...

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Club Tropicana – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Writer: Michael Gyngell Directors:  Samuel Holmes and Nick Winston Reviewer:  Richard Maguire According to the song by 1980s band Wham!, Club Tropicana has it all. Free drinks. Fun and sunshine enough for everyone. All that’s missing, George and Andrew sing, is the sea. But this ‘80s jukebox musical of the same name is missing more than the sea. It also lacks ...

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Club Tropicana – The Musical – Bradford Alhambra

Writer: Book by Michael Gyngell Music: Greg Arrowsmith Director: Samuel Holmes & Nick Winston Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Sue Collier The narrative for Club Tropicana – The Musical is very simple. Serena jilts Olly on their wedding day, and they each go on holiday to Spain, accompanied by their friends. Lo and behold, they both stay at The Club Tropicana ...

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Shrek – The Grand, Leeds

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Once upon a time there was an ogre called Shrek.  Shrek The Musical is based on the popular 2001 DreamWorks Animation Film Shrek and William Steig’s book of the same name.  The musical premiered ten years ago in Seattle, United States, and is now on its ...

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