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‘A show to lift your spirits’: SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN – Touring

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Louise PennLeave a Comment

Based on the iconic 1952 musical film featuring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor, Singin’ in the Rain has both a great pedigree and a lot to live up to. Now touring after successful runs in Chichester and at Sadler’s Wells, this joyous show taking affectionate aim at the moment the movies learned to talk is both a homage to its source and an entertaining show in its own right.

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FROM DOWN UNDER: Six in Melbourne

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Given its fringe origins, Six is an ideal fit for Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre, flooding the relatively intimate space with throbbing music and rock stadium lighting. The heady combination of mega-talented cast, glittering production and fabulous material conjures an irresistibly electric atmosphere, grabbing the audience by the lapels and not letting go for the breathlessly brisk 75-minute running time.

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‘It’s a true crowd pleaser, without the cliches’: MAM I’M ‘ERE – Liverpool

In Features, Interviews, Musicals, News, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Vicky AndersonLeave a Comment

It’s been much, much longer than I thought since I sat down to watch a main stage performance at the Royal Court – and ten years since I caught the first outing of Mam I’m ‘Ere. Days later, I’m still smiling about this brilliant revival. And if the welcome back was warm, the cast was positively on fire.

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‘Inspiring, empowering & uplifting musical’: Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World – Touring

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Kate Pankhurst’s best-selling picture book Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is filled with fascinating facts about some of the amazing women who have changed the course of history. And it’s now been adapted into a musical by a creative team of wonderful women.

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‘A glorious romp’: TONY! [THE TONY BLAIR OPERA] – Park Theatre

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Voted back into power three times, Tony Blair left office with the accusations of being a manipulative liar ringing in his ears – not that that has ever slowed down the current incumbent. And it is this almost Shakespearian trajectory of the tragic hero gone to the bad which forms the backbone of Tony! at the Park Theatre.

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‘The ensemble precision & attention to detail are superb’: CHICAGO – Touring ★★★★

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New Wimbledon Theatre presented the latest touring production of the “sleek and sassy” successful West End musical Chicago. Set in the heart of 1920s America, the inner moral compass has virtually vanished, underground clubs are a common part of the social landscape and literally anything goes.

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‘A lovely production chock-a-block with humour’: MY FAIR LADY – London Coliseum ★★★★

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The London Coliseum was packed to the rafters and buzzing to see the long-awaited West End transfer of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Bartlett Sher’s joyous production had a highly acclaimed run on Broadway and has now opened here, with the glorious Amara Okereke in the leading role. A role that seems made for her.

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‘Brilliantly entertaining’: THE MINISTRY OF LESBIAN AFFAIRS – Soho Theatre

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When we received the press release for Iman Qureshi’s latest play, The Ministry of Lesbian Affairs, our interest was immediately piqued just by the name. And when we read on and discovered that it was a heartwarming comedy about a lesbian choir, it was clear that this was going to be just up our street.