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FILM REVIEW: Into The Woods


Director: Rob Marshall Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Screenplay: James Lapine Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Disney and fairy tales go together like strawberries and cream and so a film musical that features many of the best loved fairy tale characters of all times seems a natural fit. When the musical in question though is Steven Sondheim’s Into The Woods, which ...

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PREVIEW: All Change for Trafalgar Transformed


As 2015 begins, East is East will be moving out of London’s West End to go on tour, being replaced by a revival of Peter Barnes’ play from the 1960s The Ruling Class. These productions are part of the second Trafalgar Transformed season and, in an unusual move, Artistic Director Jamie Lloyd gathered together the casts and creatives from both ...

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PREVIEW: The Crucible In Cinemas


Writer: Arthur Miller Stage Director: Yaël Farber Film Director: Robert Delamere Reviewer: Carrie Armstrong   When Arthur Miller penned The Crucible as an allegory of McCarthyism and  House of Representatives on Un-American Activities, he could hardly have envisaged what his audience would experience over 60 years later. When the very latest in sound and visual film technology would collide with ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Berwick Kaler

INTERVIEW Berwick Kaler

With seasonal festivities kicking off around the country, Holly Spanner catches up with York Theatre Royal’s pantomime writer and the UK’s longest serving Pantomime Dame (36 years and counting), Berwick Kaler.  Chatting about his new show Old Mother Goose, he explains how the annual York pantomime has become a highly anticipated cultural event for the city.   You’re a few ...

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PREVIEW: Beautiful Thing Back on Tour

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Jonathan Harvey's iconic romantic comedy/drama Beautiful Thing is celebrating its 20th Birthday by making a comeback and, to quote the Mamma Cass song featured prominently in it, "it's getting better". Stephen Bates went along to the press launch to find out more.   Beautiful Thing is a teenage love story set on a South London social housing estate, with the ...

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PREVIEW: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown – Press Launch

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Last night saw the press launch for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown at London's ICA. Scott Matthewman went along for The Public Reviews to get a taster of this much anticipated new musical. Next month sees the London début of a new musical by composer David Yazbek,  with a book by Jeffrey Lane. Women on the Verge ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Grace Savage

Blind - Live Theatre, NCL

The Public Reviews’ Charlotte Broadbent catches up with UK female beatboxing champion Grace Savage, as she tours the country with her one woman show Blind. Not long after exploding onto the beatboxing scene, Grace found herself performing at the Royal National Theatre, and takes time out to chat about beatboxing, aspirations and exciting new projects.   How did you come ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with James Cousins

James Cousins

The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons catches up with choreographer James Cousins, whose dance company are bringing a revival of the 2012 There We Have Been and new work Without Stars, both inspired by Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood, to the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield later this month before heading to The Place in London. What first inspired you to ...

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