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HALF A SIXPENCE – West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

The musical Half a Sixpence bounds into the West End from Chichester, newly adapted by Julian Fellowes, with a spring in its step and an infectious grin. The story of Arthur Kipps, a lowly haberdashers’ assistant who comes into money but ultimately questions what happiness it brings, is brought to life in a visually beautiful production directed by Rachel Kavanaugh.

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS – Touring & West End

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Kenneth Grahame’s story of Ratty, Mole, Badger and the irrepressible Toad have been a favourite of many for longer than they can remember – I grew up delighting in the stop-motion version and have long been a staple for adaptation on both stage and screen, Grahame’s skilful evocation of a pastoral England that no longer exists (and may never have) is infinitely comforting and inviting.

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NEWS: The Wind in the Willows holds open auditions ahead of Oct premiere

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The highly-anticipated major new musical theatre adaptation of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS will hold open auditions this month, ahead of its world premiere in Autumn 2016. Auditions will be held at The Lowry in Salford on 22 April and at Rambert in London on 23 April. Adapted for the stage by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS will open at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 8 October 2016, followed by The Lowry in Salford and Mayflower Theatre in Southampton.

PETER PAN: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE – West End

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There have been many interpretations of J M Barrie’s Peter Pan story but this musical version by George Stiles & Anthony Drewe, with book by Willis Hall, deserves a place of note. The tale of the boy who doesn’t want to grow up and the three young Darling children of Bloomsbury he takes on an adventure to Neverland, has a charm which beguiles children and adults alike.

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NEWS: Stiles & Drewe’s WIND IN THE WILLOWS premieres Oct 2016 pre-West End

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The highly-anticipated major new musical theatre adaptation of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS created by Julian Fellowes, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe is confirmed to open at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 8th October 2016, followed by The Lowry in Salford from 26th October 2016 prior to opening in London’s West End.