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Annie – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Direct from London’s West End, Annie- the much-loved tale of a red-headed orphan whose hard knock life is turned around in a twist of good fate - has officially opened as a touring production in Manchester. Set in the time of the Great Depression, this musical is anything ...

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The Last Five Years – Albert Halls, Bolton

Book: Jason Robert Brown Director: James Edgington Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen For their first in-house production, the beautiful Albert Halls in Bolton could have, and arguably should have, started with more of a bang. While the venue should be commended for its attempt to transform and experiment with theatre space, The Last Five Years is an overly ambitious choice to begin with ...

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42nd Street – Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

Book: Mark Bramble and Michael Stewart Music/Lyrics: Harry Warren and Al Dubin Director: Mark Bramble Reviewer: Grace Patrick  42nd Street is arguably best known for its spectacular visuals including its all company dance numbers, and it’s very easy to see why, the Theatre Royal Drury Lane contains the biggest of all the West End stages, and it couldn’t have gone ...

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Thriller Live: 4000th Performance Gala – Lyric Theatre, London

Director: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Grace Patrick Gary Lloyd’sThriller Live is an exuberant celebration of the career and life of Michael Jackson: As we’re told several times during the show, nobody else either before or since has reached the heights of his stardom and international renown. One element of this that really hit home is the successful effort to move past ...

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Six: The Musical – Arts Theatre, London

Writers: Toby Marlow & Lucy Moss Directors: Lucy Moss & Jamie Armitage Reviewer: Tom Finch Every now and then a show comes along that is so well put together, so engaging and so hugely enjoyable that five stars doesn’t quite seem enough. If only there was the option to award six stars. Six - The Musical which burst into the Arts Theatre ...

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Legally Blonde The Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Heather Hach Music: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It is the chick flick classic that tells the tale of Malibu homecoming queen and Delta Nu sweetheart turned Harvard graduate - a story that proves brains can come with beauty and one that has been capturing the hearts of teens and adults alike since it ...

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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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