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Madagascar The Musical – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics: George Noriega and Joel Someillan Director: Kirk Jameson Reviewer: Clare White The musical stage version of Dreamworks animation Madagascar is in safe hands with Selladoor, the theatre production company behind Shrek the Musical. The family favourite is a vibrant and fun-filled animal adventure, packed with laughs for all ages. Marty the Zebra is disillusioned with ...

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Madagascar – The Musical, New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Kevin Del Aguila Music and Lyrics: Geoge Noriega and Joel Someillan Director: Kirk Jameson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Marty the zebra and his friends have it pretty good in Central Park Zoo. But on Marty’s tenth birthday a mid-life crisis has hit him. After talking to a commando unit of penguins who are plotting their escape to Antarctica, he hankers after the wild, albeit ...

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Echo’s End – Salisbury Playhouse

Writer: Barney Norris Director: Alice Hamilton Reviewer: David Jobson We’re already halfway through the centenary of the First World War, and many writers have been delving into the period looking for a different perspective on this turbulent period. For this latest contribution, playwright Barney Norris has brought a local point of view to the Salisbury Playhouse Echo’s End transports the ...

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The Snow Queen – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Vivienne Franzmann Composer, Lyricist and Musical Director: Gwyneth Herbert Director: Lee Lyford Reviewer: Chris Oldham Christmas at the Old Vic is typically a classy affair, with no expense spared bringing anything from a beloved, to a lesser-known fairy tale to life. Visually at least, this year's telling of Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen more than fits the bill. ...

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Partners In Crime – Queens Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Agatha Christie Adapters: Sarah Punshon &Johann Hari Composer: Alex Silverman Director: John Nicholson Musical Director: Inga Davis-Rutter Choreographer: Nancy Kettle Reviewer: Michael Gray Watch in amazement as civilisation is saved by just eight actors with a few tricks up their sleeves. Sarah Punshon and Johann Hari have based their show on an early Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary, published ...

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The Rivals – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol

Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Chris Oldham Bristol Old Vic's 250th anniversary celebrations continue apace this month with big dresses, and even bigger wigs in a colourful, rollicking staging of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy of manners, The Rivals. Set in Bath in the 18th Century when it was written, it revolves around two central relationships – the ...

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Beacons – Park Theatre, London

The cast of Beacons at Park Theatre

Writer: Tabitha Mortiboy Director: Philip Wilson Reviewer: Stephen Bates   “Fresh to you daily” boasts the sign on Julie’s ice cream van as it stands proudly at the top of Beachy Head, looking out to a stormy sea and a flashing lighthouse. The van is the centre point of Tabitha Mortiboy’s new one-act play, Beacons, in which three lonely and ...

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Ashton Double Bill – Birmingham Hippodrome

The Dream - Oberon and Titania from Ashton's Double Bill.jpg

Music: Felix Mendelssohn and Frederick Chopin Choreographer: Frederick Ashton Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman   The repertoire of Frederick Ashton is one of the most revered in British ballet. Widely credited as the creator of a specifically ‘English’ genre of ballet, Ashton became director of The Royal Ballet in 1963 and presided over one of the company’s golden ages. In the ...

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