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The Bodyguard – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Thea Sharrock Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Helen Tope A hit film with a killer soundtrack, The Bodyguard tells the story of superstar Rachel Marron. After receiving threatening letters from a stalker, Marron’s management hires the best protection in the business. Frank Farmer is a former Secret Service agent. Not impressed by Marron’s diva attitude, the new bodyguard tries to ...

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Hair the Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Book / Lyrics: Gerome Ragni and James Rado Music: Galt MacDermot Reviewer: Helen Tope It’s 1967 and the Hippie Movement is at its height. Young Americans, disappointed and disillusioned, are seeking a different path. Rather than live out the lives of their parents, they want to live freely, with no limits or expectations. We meet a group of hippies, co-habiting under one ...

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The Bodyguard – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Lawrence Kasdan Musical Director: Michael Riley Vocal Arrangements: Mike Dixon Director: Thea Sharrock Reviewer: Francesca Parker The 90s classic film, starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Huston, was a box-office smash hit and the second-highest grossing film of 1992. In the public’s opinion, it was a total showstopper, and its soundtrack continues to prove incredibly popular today. Despite this, it ...

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Cinderella – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Director: Damian Sandys Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It is officially the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ and on its 25th anniversary of helping spread festive joy, UK Productions and Blackpool Grand Theatre have pulled out all the stops with their version of the classic fairytale Cinderella. While not at the biggest of theatres, this is a show-stopping pantomime that certainly ...

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The Wedding Singer – Opera House, Manchester

jon robyns wedding singer king's theatre glasgow

Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Donna Kelly Based on the 1998 hit movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer tells the story of Robbie Hart, a wannabe rock-star stuck as a singer on the wedding band circuit. When his fiancée dumps him at the altar, it’s ...

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Cinderella – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Writer/Director: James Shone Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen The festive season is now upon us and alongside the copious decorations and traditional trimmings with the turkey dinner comes a selection of celebrity-endorsed pantomimes for families across the country to choose from. This year, Liverpool Echo Arena’s offer is Cinderella, the much-loved tale of an orphaned girl who goes from rags to riches ...

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Beauty and the Beast – The Grange Theatre, Hartford

Writer: Daniel Bell Director: Oliver Scott Reviewer: John Roberts The Grange Theatre in Hartford is on their third pantomime producer in as many years and this year’s production is produced by KD Theatre Productions. KD is no stranger to producing pantomime and their production of Beauty and the Beast, while not perfect, certainly shows more heart and soul than many ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Choreographer: Matthew Cole Reviewer: Janet Jepson In the 1930’s cinemas began showing two films at each session in a bid to hang onto audiences reduced by the Depression, and demand grew for cheap, quickly turned out films to support the main features. Thus the B-movie was born, becoming ...

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