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NEWS: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2020 season opens with original 101 Dalmatians musical

In Musicals, Native, News, Opinion, Plays, Press Releases, Sticky by Press Releases

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2020 season which opens with its first newly commissioned musical, 101 Dalmatians (16 May to 21 June 2020, press night is 27 May), based on Dodie Smith’s iconic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park with book by Zinnie Harris and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge.

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Press Pass: Semi-staged or semi-acted? Reviews of Carousel at ENO

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Reviews, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

After successes with Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd, English National Opera continues its annual headline-grabbing foray into musical theatre with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel. As with the previous ENO musicals of the past two years, this production is produced by Michael Linnit and Michael Grade (who are also behind the current big-budget production of another Broadway classic, […]

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What are the Top 15 hottest tickets on the site right NOW?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Plays, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Press Releases1 Comment

These are our current Top 15 Ticket Recommendations – broken down into five musicals, five plays and five ‘star attractions’ (in other words, there are famous faces in the cast) – based on both best-sellers over the past month as well as our predictions on the hottest of upcoming openings

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What were our Top 10 news stories in November 2016?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, News, Plays, Press Releases, Sticky, Ticket recommendations by Press Releases1 Comment

As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a brief moment to remind ourselves of the biggest news stories from the month just closed. What were the headlines that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 10 News stories from November 2016 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.

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CAROUSEL – Touring

In Musicals, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

Opera North’s production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel is a curious combination of drama, dance and song that on occasion both hits and misses the mark.

Meant to be a story about love, loss and redemption, this version feels more like a story about anger, resentment and possibly the glorification of domestic abuse.

Opening on a busy fairground scene, we meet the protagonists of the tale: fairground barker Billy Bigelow played by Keith Higham and millworker Julie Jordon, played by Gillene Butterfield. Among the magic of the carousel – and it really is a magical and stunningly visual set designed by Anthony Ward – Billy and Julie seemingly fall in love, losing both of their jobs in the process.

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Review: Carousel (Arcola Theatre)

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Reviewers often struggle to find adjectives to describe yet another fringe musical we’re obliged to see on your behalf. For Carousel at the Arcola, we have only three: good, good, good. Good #1 because producers Morphic Graffiti are making a name for taking ‘classic’ material and re-working it for smaller scale acoustic productions. You don’t […]

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Review: Carousel (Arcola Theatre)

In Musicals, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

Reviewers often struggle to find adjectives to describe yet another fringe musical we’re obliged to see on your behalf. For Carousel at the Arcola, we have only three: good, good, good. Good #1 because producers Morphic Graffiti are making a name for taking ‘classic’ material and re-working it for smaller scale acoustic productions. You don’t […]

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Review: Carousel (Barbican Centre)

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Derived from a 1909 Hungarian tragedy by Ferenc Molnár and now set on the coast of Maine, Carousel propels us instantly to the meeting and marrying of mill worker Julie Jordan with fairground ‘barker’ (the man who sells the rides) Billy Bigelow in a moment of disobedience that costs them both their jobs. Billy’s moodily […]

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Review: Carousel (Barbican Centre)

In Musicals, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

Derived from a 1909 Hungarian tragedy by Ferenc Molnár and now set on the coast of Maine, Carousel propels us instantly to the meeting and marrying of mill worker Julie Jordan with fairground ‘barker’ (the man who sells the rides) Billy Bigelow in a moment of disobedience that costs them both their jobs. Billy’s moodily […]

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