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DOWN UNDER Year in Review: Music theatre in 2016

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Predating the UK’s entry into the EEC/EU (and quite possibly outlasting it too!) the Cambridge University European Theatre Group has over the years amassed a fine degree of cross-Channel cultural integration. To some extent, this year is no exception and having just completed a Swiss tour via Belgium the group bring their 2016 production of Hamlet to the Cockpit Theatre for one day only.

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FROM DOWN UNDER: Ghost the Musical in Melbourne

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A hit when it opened in London’s West End in 2011, Ghost the Musical was originally announced to open in Melbourne in 2013, but producers backed out after the show’s lukewarm reception on Broadway in 2012. It is clear why the original London producers have persevered with bringing the show to Australia; the blue chip title has instant recognition and the pop-infused score is an attraction for a younger theatre crowd.