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Shrek the Musical – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Nigel Harman Music: Jeanine Tesori Reviewer: Matthew Jackson  Back on a UK Tour is a musical adaption of Dreamworks animation Shrek. A firm family favourite that is almost certain to draw a packed theatre and that is certainly true for press night at the Regent Theatre. With clever puppetry and funny characters, there is ...

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Legally Blonde the Musical – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Book: Heather Hach Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Matthew Jackson Legally Blonde the Musical started its latest tour of the UK last year. Since the tour started, there has been a lot of negative attention in the press regarding the abuse of power by men, which adds an extra punch to this already ...

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Jersey Boys – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Director: Das McAnuff Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Oh What a Night! This week it really feels like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have arrived at the Regent Theatre in Stoke. Telling the story of this legendary group, Jerseys Boys follows the lives of Frankie, Nick, Tommy and Bob ...

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Mamma Mia –Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Music & Lyrics: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus Book: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd  Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Mamma Mia, the smash hit musical based on the songs of Abba, has become a firm favourite among musical theatre lovers – and one which continues to pack houses. This current touring production is vibrant, colourful and full of youthful energy with a ...

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The Woman in Black – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre.

Writer: Susan Hill Adaptor: Stephan Mallatratt Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The imagination is a powerful tool in theatre. In The Woman in Black, it is teased and manipulated to create an atmospheric and ghoulish experience that penetrates the audience as if struck by a lightning bolt. It is how this production plays with the mind that makes it ...

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Jackie The Musical – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Book: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Women of a certain age will instantly recognise the term Jackie and feel an affinity with this musical. Jackie was the magazine of choice when growing up in the 1970s and was packed full of advice relating to style, love and most importantly, boys. Essentially it touched on issues which previous ...

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Rocky Horror Show – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show

Book/Lyrics/Music: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall The Rocky Horror Show needs little introduction to most of us. Another revival of this 40 year old musical classic finds itself jumping all the way to the left to Stoke-on-Trent. Not much has changed in this latest adaptation but fans of the show will certainly take to the absurdity and ...

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Avenue Q – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Sarah Harlington (Kate) and Richard Lowe (Princeton) in Avenue Q 2016 UK Tour

Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Book: Jeff Whitty Director and Choreographer: Cressida Carré Reviewer: Steve Davies   With the obvious comparisons to popular puppet-based TV shows from our youth, Avenue Q has friendly monsters, life lessons, morality issues, songs, comedy and animation. The big difference on the stage is that all of these carry adult themes. Indeed ...

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