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Our House – Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Tim Firth Music &Lyrics: Madness Director: Peter Rowe Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [rating:3.5] Striving to be more Blood Brothers than Jersey Boys, Tim Firth’s musical Our House based around the music of Madness, ultimately fails to fall into either camp. Neither dramatic play with music or full-blown jukebox musical it is an odd hybrid which sits uneasily between the two. ...

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Our House – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Music: Madness Book: Tim Firth Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Dai Watts Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:2.5] The power of musical theatre is that it can be endless re-conceived. A recent trend has been to take large blockbuster productions and give them a small-scale, chamber musical makeover. One popular way of downsizing is to combine cast and orchestra. It’s a technique ...

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Treasure Island – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Chris Bond adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson Composer: Steven Markwick Lyrics: Chris Bond and Steven Markwick Director: Bob Carlton Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4]   After last summer's Peter Pan, its time for Stevenson's ever-popular story of "buccaneers and buried gold". It is an amazing show – specially commissioned from Hornchurch favourite Chris Bond, with original music, largely inspired by ...

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Run For Your Wife, Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer:Ray Cooney Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4] It is a Hazardous business, farce. Overdoing the physical stuff in technical rehearsal, Sean Needham does his leg in and is prescribed total rest. Which, for an actor, translates as playing the part, but with the aid of a walking stick. Though we may have lost some of the more frantic ...

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Jack and The Beanstalk – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Nicholas Pegg Music and lyrics: Carol Sloman Choreographer: Donna Berlin Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:3.5]   One of the joys of the Great traditional British Panto is the pleasure of recognition, familiar friends encountered afresh. And I don't just mean the ghost routine, and milking the cow, and the wallpaper messy scene, though happily all of those are in place ...

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Return To The Forbidden Planet – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer and Director: Bob Carlton Musical Director: Greg Last Choreographer: Fredrick "Frido" Ruth Reviewer: Michael Gray [rating:4]   This is a bit of a boom time for Shakespeare's Tempest – featured in both Stratford opening ceremonies, and now in Hornchurch. True, there are two degrees of separation here, in the Bard's cult rock and roll musical Return to the Forbidden ...

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