Musicals

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The Famous Five review: forget shipwrecks and spies – the fate of humanity now lies in their hands
Brisk direction, plucky performances and complex lyrics propel this original adaptation, as the hunt for a source of renewable energy comes under threat

Gareth Llŷr Evans

30, Sep, 2022 @12:28 PM

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Cages review – hologram rock musical is a dreary dystopia
An overreliance on technology and a doomy score can’t replace old-fashioned chemistry in this emotionless offering

Ryan Gilbey

23, Sep, 2022 @10:04 AM

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The cold never bothered them anyway: how Frozen made musical magic
The set, costume, video and lighting designers of Disney’s London production – now in its second year in the West End – break the ice about the show’s frocks, crystals and astonishing effects

Chris Wiegand

20, Sep, 2022 @3:23 PM

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‘Childhood holidays everyone wishes they had’: the Famous Five return in a musical
Enid Blyton’s adventurers roam the stage in a new show that considers the climate crisis, gender identity and the impact of the pandemic on children

Arifa Akbar

20, Sep, 2022 @8:11 AM

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Tim Briggs obituary
Other lives: Librarian and music teacher with a love of performing, from theatre to chamber choirs

Jonathan Briggs

18, Sep, 2022 @6:51 PM

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Help! We Are Still Alive review – muddled apocalyptic comedy
A couple strive to survive Earth’s end of days with some glorious songs in an otherwise stagnant two-hander

Anya Ryan

12, Sep, 2022 @12:22 PM

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‘There is nothing wrong with offending people’: Roddy Doyle on getting the band back together
His comic novel The Commitments gave working-class Dublin its voice – and became a hit film. As the stage version returns to theatres, does Doyle still recognise the foul-mouthed young author who wrote it?

Stuart Jeffries

09, Sep, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Rehab: The Musical review – 90s pop star hits the road to recovery
Featuring Keith Allen as a scheming PR man, this heartfelt comedy drawn from songwriter Grant Black’s own experiences is often great fun

Miriam Gillinson

08, Sep, 2022 @12:03 PM

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Audra McDonald: ‘I go all the way deep down into my truth and sing it’
The Broadway legend, who has won more Tony awards than any other performer, on what ‘the American songbook’ means to her

Alexis Soloski

06, Sep, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Ride review – jaunty new musical takes cyclist’s feat for a spin
This soulful celebration of adventurer Annie Londonderry takes time to get into gear, but newcomer Liv Andrusier gives a superb performance

Arifa Akbar

06, Sep, 2022 @1:52 PM

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The Ghost of Richard Harris review – a hushed reassessment of a hellraiser by his sons
Venice film festival: There are some memorable moments in this documentary about the great Irish actor, but too many inconvenient truths are dismissed for it to be definitive

Peter Bradshaw

04, Sep, 2022 @3:00 PM

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The week in theatre: The Narcissist; Into the Woods – review
Christopher Shinn’s new play of post-Trump politics finds complex characters lost in ego and addiction, while Terry Gilliam and Leah Hausman’s take on Sondheim is just a bit too much

Susannah Clapp

04, Sep, 2022 @9:30 AM

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