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UKIP! The Musical – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

UKIP! The Musical continues at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall until 29 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Political satire is alive and well at Fringe 2015. Although recent events regarding the migrant crisis in Europe have changed a great deal of public opinion, this show is clearly set on the brink of the General Election earlier this […]

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Landor Theatre

Thoroughly Modern Millie continues at the Landor Theatre, London until 13 September. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Of all the wonderful old musicals out there, why pick this clunker of a show for a Fringe revival? It defies belief that Thoroughly Modern Millie won six Tonys on Broadway, where she ran for 903 performances in […]

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Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Cautionary Tales for Daughters – Songs Your Mother Never Taught You continues at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall until 29 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Tanya Holt is a beguiling charmer – she looks her audience straight in the eye and urges us to tell ourselves it’s 8 o’clock in the evening, not 10-ish,ish in the morning. Her […]

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Mrs Henderson Presents – Theatre Royal Bath

Mrs Henderson Presents continues at the Theatre Royal Bath until 5 September, ahead of a planned West End production. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Still they come! Musical stage versions of successful films have been all the rage for a while now – think Billy Elliot, The Bodyguard, Shrek, The Commitments, Bend It Like Beckham, the now-in-preview Kinky […]

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New British musical The White Feather at the Union Theatre – casting details

This September, Arion Productions presents the world premiere of new British musical The White Feather at the Union Theatre (Wednesday 16 September to Saturday 17 October 2015, press night is Friday 18 September). It tells the story of Georgina Briggs whose brother was one of more than 300 allied soldiers executed for cowardice during the First World […]

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Competition – win tickets to Casa Valentina at Southwark Playhouse

Win a pair of tickets to Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina – nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best New Play – running at Southwark Playhouse from 10 September to 10 October.  Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains of New York to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled […]

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Will Barratt album launch – London Hippodrome

Actor and singer Will Barratt launched his album Confessions of a Justified Sinner at the London Hippodrome. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A familiar West End leading man due to his many credits in musical theatre including The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables to name just a few, Will Barratt is the performing package. As a […]

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Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman release new single ahead of September concert

West End stars Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman have released a new single, ‘Let Me Be Your Star’, ahead of their first ever concert together next month. The song was originally written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for the first episode of the musical TV series Smash and was performed by characters Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) and […]

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The Quentin Dentin Show – Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Quentin Dentin Show continues at theSpace on Niddry St until 29 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ As first impressions go, this looked promising: white boiler suited band and two female dancers, evoking Clockwork Orange with some Ziggy Stardust eye make-up and a band that can make a great sound. The surreal […]

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Mary Poppins UK and Ireland tour – full casting revealed

The full cast has been announced for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of the multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins, opening at Leicester Curve on 12 October 2015. Joining the previously announced Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Matt Lee as Bert will be Milo Twomey as George Banks; Rebecca Lock as Winifred Banks; Penelope Woodman as Miss Andrew; Wendy Ferguson as Mrs Brill; Grainne Renihan as Bird Woman and Blair Anderson as Robertson Ay. […]

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Sweet Charity – National Youth Music Theatre – Curve Leicester

Sweet Charity was presented by the National Youth Music Theatre at Curve, Leicester. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ In a month other than August, this outstanding production by the National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) could have graced the main stage at Curve, where it wouldn’t have been out of place against any of the high-profile musicals […]

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Bette Midler… and Me – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Bette Midler… and Me continues at the Gilded Balloon until 31 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This must be one of the most packed hour shows at Fringe 2015 – studded with an impressive catalogue of Bette Midler songs, this is a super cabaret style evening with three impressive ladies. The stage evokes what Giles […]

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