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Rock of Ages – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dominic Corr So, let’s dust off the Jukebox musical list: Lovers? Check. Business tycoon antagonist? Check. Glam Rocks' greatest hits? Check. A flamboyantly fabulous narrator who also doubles as a sassy sound god. You betcha’. Welcome to Rock of Ages, not the usual Jukebox musical. Set on the glorious Sunset Strip in the ...

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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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NEWS: Orlando Bloom billed to star in West End production of Killer Joe

Holywood icon Orlando Bloom is to star in the West End run of multi-award-winning Tracy Letts' blackly comic thriller, Killer Joe, as a cop who moonlights as a killer-for-hire. The star of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit and the Pirates of the Caribbean series is set to tread the boards of London’s Trafalgar Studios 1 on Whitehall ...

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Dirty Dancing – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

A couple dancing in hold with another woman

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Dominic Corr Dirty Dancing, the hip gyrating classic of the eighties is yet another adaptation to transfer from the silver screen to the theatrical stage. With a successful run in the West End and an already fiercely loyal fan base, is there enough content within this touring production to tide ...

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1972:The Future Of Sex – The Playhouse, Salisbury

Writers: Tom Brennan, Tom Crosley-Thorne, Tom England, Emily Greenslade, Jesse Jones, Kerry Lovell, Jesse Meadows, Helena Middleton, James Newton, Ben Vardy, Edythe Wooley Director: Tom Brennan and Jesse Jones Music: Tom Crosely-Thorne Reviewer:David Jobson Welcome to the 1970s: the decade of the sexual revolution. Birth control was easily accessible, porn became mainstream, attitudes towards different sexualities were changing, and the ...

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Hairspray – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

The Cast of the UK tour of Hairspray

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Dominic Corr Good morning Baltimore and good evening Edinburgh. Based on John Walter’s 1988 film of the same name, it’s Baltimore, it’s the 1960s and it’s Hairspray. Young Tracey Turnblad (Freya Sutton) decides that it’s about time she achieved her vision ...

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Flare Path – Liverpool Playhouse

Philip Franks and Olivia Hallinan in Flare Path

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Terence Rattigan has been receiving a revival somewhat of late with several West End productions in the last five years; Cause Celebre, Flare Path, The Deep Blue Sea. This production by Original Theatre Company, who created the incredibly successful stage version of Birdsong, remains rooted firmly in the time it was ...

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Jesus Christ Superstar – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Lyrics: Tim Rice Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Directors: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Dominic Corr   An infusion of rock opera with religious text shouldn’t work so cleanly, yet Jesus Christ Superstar offers a complimentary balance of exquisite musical talent, paired with one of our oldest tales that becomes one of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s greatest pieces. ...

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