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INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Side Show designer takis

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Designing Side Show has been a blessing and a challenge at the same time. A blessing, as the audience have an inclusive, immersive experience of a freak/vaudeville show and are able to observe closely the life journey of (the real life conjoined twins) Violet and Daisy Hilton played extraordinarily by Laura Pitt-Pulford and Louise Dearman.

OLIVER! – Newbury

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It is a rare treat to visit Newbury’s charmingly situated Watermill Theatre and Luke Sheppard’s Oliver! more than makes the journey worthwhile. On arrival and in one of the most innovative mise-en-scenes, as the audience mingle on the lawn outside sipping Pimms and G&Ts, the cast’s ragamuffin kids dart about, not picking pockets but offering to shine shoes for a sixpence. It’s a charming touch.

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NEWS: Leicester Curve announces new artistic director Nikolai Foster’s inaugural season

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Leicester’s Curve theatre announces the inaugural season from new Artistic Director Nikolai Foster. Curve shows directed by Foster include a new production of Tennessee Williams’ seminal work A Streetcar Named Desire, opening on 20 October 2015, with previews from 16 October, and running until 8November. The production features Charlie Brooks as Blanche (recently seen in Curve’s production of Beautiful Thing, …

Is Into the Woods one of the best stage-to-screen musicals of all time?

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I’m jealous of guests attending the UK gala screening of Into the Woods tonight at London’s Curzon Mayfair cinema. Not for the celeb-spotting, paparazzi-dodging, canape-scarfing or any other red carpet reason. But simply because they get to watch this fantastic, fantastical film. Indeed, I’ll extend my envy to anyone booking to see Into the Woods this weekend or […]