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REVIEW ROUND-UP: Pippin at the Southwark Playhouse

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Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of Stephen Schwartz’s musical transfers to London from Manchester. Here’s a guide to what critics have had to say about the musical’s Southwark Playhouse run… WhatsOnStage: ***** “a gorgeous piece of theatre: endlessly inventive, the magic tricks are up close and real, William Whelton’s Fosse-style choreography is often breathtaking, Maeve Black’s garishly… Read More

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NEWS: Broadway musical Little Women gets Euro premiere in Manchester

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The Broadway musical version of Louisa May Alcott‘s 1869 literary classic Little Women, first seen in New York in 2005, will get its European premiere this autumn at Manchester’s acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre. The production, directed by Bronagh Lagan, runs from 9 November to 9 December 2017. Alcott’s captivating and critically-acclaimed tale is the latest collaboration between Katy Lipson of Aria …

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ANNE REID & STEFAN BEDNARCZYK IN CABARET – The Pheasantry

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Most famous perhaps for the story and screenplay of Singin’ In The Rain (though incredibly their only contribution to that movie’s musical numbers was Moses Supposes), the Comden & Green partnership was to last the best part of 60 years, going on to include On The Town and Wonderful Town amongst a string of successes.

Reid and Bednarczyk are as enlightening as they are enchanting with a shared respect for Comden & Green that is infectiously appealing. Together, these talented performers bring a masterful combination of humour and pathos to a selection of numbers that reflect some of the best of the American Songbook.

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A diary of theatrical addiction

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I’m the first to admit it: I have a theatre addiction. But it is at least an addiction that I work at and make work for me (in every sense, including financially) to give my life shape and meaning. At its best, it fills the existential hole that we all have to face. (Sometimes, of course, it opens up a chasm, too; just see me after a run of bad shows!)

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