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Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein – Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Book: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan Music & Lyrics: Mel Brooks Direction & Choreography: Susan Stroman Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s been ten years since Mel Brooks debuted his sophomore musical Young Frankenstein on Broadway. Greeted with mixed reviews and living in the shadow of its predecessor The Producers, the musical lasted just over a year before touring the US and ...

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STAGE SHOT: Hand to God – Vaudeville Theatre, London

Onedead father, One messed up family, One girl who just wants to help, One school bully who always gets his own way, One man of the church offering comfort, And one Hand puppet who is completely out of control – He’s shocking, dangerous and taking no prisoners. Hand to God stars Janie Dee, Neil Pearson, Harry Melling, Jemima Rooper and ...

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CD REVIEW: Side Show – Live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Holly Spanner When Side Show opened in 1997 on Broadway, it was billed as being commercially disastrous. It did however generate a substantial a cult following and has since been recently revived at the St James Theatre, only to close after less than two months in early 2015. The production explores the incredible and touching true story of conjoined ...

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The Twins Macabre: Small Mediums At Large – Etcetera Theatre, Camden

Reviewer: Christopher Owen   The Twins Macabre are Ivy and Maurice Macabre, two dark gruesome minded and bodied children with a love of the occult, anything bloody or dismembered. Played to perfection by Adam Rhys-Davies and Nicola Lamont, this is character sketch comedy blended with vaudeville and cabaret flavour with twisted anarchy and delightfully blunt gore. Utilising the Twins’ psychic ...

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Latitude Festival: The Itinerant Music Hall

Director: Jessica Edwards Reviewer: Paul Couch   It’s a strange beast, Vaudeville. It officially declined with the introduction of cinema in the 1930s. There was no great battle of cultures, however, it was a simply a case that public appetites changed and the silver screen got a foothold onto the music hall stage, slowly sweeping aside the live performers. In ...

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The Sunshine Boys – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Neil Simon Director: Stephen Fletcher Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4.5] In an entertainment world seemingly obsessed with action it was terrific to tumble back to the days when a well-crafted script was the cornerstone of a stage production. The choice of this play by the legendary Neil Simon, who has received more Tony Awards that any other writer, was,well … ...

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