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Whistle Down the Wind – Union Theatre, London

Adaptors: Russell Labey and Richard Taylor Music and lyrics: Richard Taylor Director: Sasha Regan Reviewer: Stephen Bates Written in 1989. the Russell Labey/Richard Taylor musical adaptation of Whistle Down the Wind preceded the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Jim Steinman version by some seven years. Neither has proved to be a huge success, but this revival of the earlier, coming at the time ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Julian Fellowes Music and Lyrics: George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: David Jobson After more than a century, The Wind in the Willows still enchants children with its charming tale. It has been adapted countless times for stage, movie and TV. Now it’s traipsing the open road with songs to match in this new musical adaptation of ...

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The Wind in the Willows – Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer:Julian Fellowes Music and Lyrics:George Stiles, Andrew Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Helen Tope The Wind in the Willows is a much-loved classic, entertaining generations of children with stories from the riverbank. The adventures of Rat, Badger, Mole and Toad form a tale of friendship that lends itself to any interpretation. It’s therefore not surprising that The Wind in the ...

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The Wind In The Willows – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The cast of Wind In The Willows at Mercury Theatre

Writer: Kenneth Grahame Book: Willis Hall Music and Lyrics: Rebecca Applin Director: Matthew Cullum Reviewer: Glen Pearce Twenty-six years ago, The National Theatre used all its stage technology to stage a visually thrilling stage adaptation of The Wind In The Willows. This summer, Colchester’s Mercury Theatre pulls off an equally stunning production, albeit on a fraction of the National’s budget. ...

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CD REVIEW: Worzel Gummidge: The Musical – Original Cast Recording

Music: Denis King Book and Lyrics: Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall Reviewer: Mark Clegg People who were not fortunate to be around at the time of its original broadcast may find it difficult to understand the appeal of the television show Worzel Gummidge. Only in the late 1970s could a family programme be so bizarre and potentially downright terrifying. A ...

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NEWS: Worzel Gummidge musical cast recording makes CD debut

Continuing their series of ‘lost’ British theatre scores, Stage Door Records are to release the original London cast recording of the 1981 musical Worzel Gummidge on November 10th. Based on the hit TV series and Barbara Euphan Todd’s children’s classic writers Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall and composer Denis King created a new stage musical adaptation of the story. Featuring the ...

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Billy Liar – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall Director: Sam Yates Reviewer: Laura Maley Billy Fisher is an office clerk, living with his parents and grandmother. He stays out too late, and dates multiple girls. He doesn’t get on with his father and his mother is frequently told she is too lenient with him. So far, so humdrum. But Billy lies. Whether ...

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NEWS: Surrane Jones opens Royal Exchange’s Spring/Summer 2014 Season

Award winning TV and stage actress Surrane Jones is set to star in Virginia Woolf’s gender swapping production Orlando at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre from 20th February – she was last seen at the Exchange in Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit in 2009. Following on from Orlando is a new production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing which will be helmed ...

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