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Desperately Seeking the Exit: The All Star Reading – Above the Arts, London

Writer/performer: Peter Michael Marino  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is nothing theatre fans love more than a huge flop. And they don’t come much bigger, or more loveable, than Desperately Seeking Susan, the musical that took the 1985 film starring Roseanna Arquette and Madonna and set it to the music of Blondie. Debuting in the West End’s Novello Theatre in November ...

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Metropolis – Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London

Book and Lyrics: Joe Brooks and Dusty Hughes Director: Tim McArthur Reviewer: Deborah Parry Metropolis is one of those obscure lost musicals that, despite having had a run in the West End in the late 1980s, hasn't seen much of the light of day since – certainly not in the UK and certainly not with a professional cast. It is particularly significant, then, ...

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Aladdin – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Cast promotional picture featuring Genie, Aladdin and Princess

Writer and Director: Simon Aylin Reviewer: Michael Gray   Simon Aylin's snappy Aladdin begins with a prologue set in the Stygian supervillain's lair - the dastardly Abanazar appearing on his throne in a puff of smoke, supported by a team of black-clad avian minions from the excellent juvenile chorus. After that it's a more or less faithful romp through the ...

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Rise Like A Phoenix – Above the Stag Theatre, London

Writer: Paul Emelion Daly Director: Tim McArthur Reviewer: Stephen Bates Coming so soon after the London revival of My Night With Reg, Paul Emelion Daly’s new play brings home how much things have changed in 20 years. Back in the 90s, Kevin Elyot presented HIV/AIDS as a killer lurking behind the scenes whose name was not to be spoken. Thanks ...

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Orton – Above the Stag, London

Writers: Richard Silver and Sean J Hume Director: Tim McArthur Reviewer: Nichola Daunton Making a musical that ends with the hero being bludgeoned to death with a hammer is not an easy task, but writers Richard Silver and Sean J Hume have just about pulled it off. Orton is a funny, inventive and highly camp affair that perfectly captures Joe ...

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Days of Hope – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London

Writer: Howard Goodall Director: Tim McArthur Reviewer: James Bartholomeusz [rating:4.5] The Spanish Civil War has an important yet neglected position in British history. We tend to mark 1939 as the beginning of war on the continent – giving way swiftly, in usual chauvinistic fashion, to 1940 and the our heroic stand against Germany in the Battle of Britain – ignoring ...

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Nunsense A-men! – Landor Theatre, London

Book, music and lyrics: Dan Goggin Director: Robert McWhir Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] With a dodgy pot of Vichyssoise, Sister Julia, Child of God has decimated the Little Sisters of Hoboken. But the business of burying 52 dead nuns is a costly one and the remaining sisters are left with no choice but to put on a fundraising variety show ...

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She Loves Me – Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London

Book: Joe Masteroff Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director: Tim McArthur Reviewer: Jenni Rymer [rating:3] From its origins of the musical hub of 1960’s Broadway; written by lyricist / composer team Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick of Fiddler on the Roof fame All Star Productions has revived the timeless tale ‘She Loves Me’. Adapted from the 1930’s novel ‘Parfumerie’ ...

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