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Anything Can Happen! – Sherman Cymru, Cardiff

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Composer: George Stiles Lyricist: Anthony Drewe Director: Simon Greiff Choreographer: Grace Warner Reviewer: Barbara Michaels   A brand-new musical from the Olivier-award winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, Anything Can Happen! is well suited to a springtime premiere.  Appropriately, this is an  all-youth production by the postgraduate students of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama – alma mater of ...

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Mary Poppins, Birmingham Hippodrome

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Writer: P L Travers Adaptor: Cameron Mackintosh Directors: Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Nicole Evans   Mary Poppins has been a household name for generations that most children love and most parents secretly adore but are sick of hearing (sorry, Mum...). With that in mind, it's only natural that the world, and more locally this evening, Birmingham, gets excited ...

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NEWS: Stiles and Drewe launch new musical mentorship award


A new annual award to support and develop new musical theatre writing is being offered by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, who have announced today [8 February 2016] that they are to offer an annual award to help support and develop new musical theatre writing in the UK. For its first three years, the award will be fully funded by ...

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Barnum – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff


Book: Mark Bramble Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Chris Williams A certain kind of showman, Cameron Mackintosh brings us the musical based on the life of history’s ultimate showman - Phineas Taylor Barnum! Barnum takes us through the eventful and varied life of P. T. Barnum, through his many rôles including freak show ...

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INTERVIEW: John Owen-Jones


Just ahead of returning to the West End yet again to play the Phantom of the Opera - almost for the 2000th time - John Owen-Jones talks to Paul Couch about his career, Hiraeth, 'trial by jury' talent shows, getting trumped by Shakin' Stevens and playing... Judge Dredd! You graduated from Central School of Speech & Drama in 1994. What was ...

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Barnum – The Lowry, Salford


  Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Director: Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen   P.T Barnum - a showman and American dreamer whose life has been brought to the stage in spectacular style in a clever, exciting and most importantly colourful musical production. Presented by Cameron Mackintosh and Michael Harrison, this show tells the story of Phineas Taylor ...

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NEWS: Zizi Strallen & Matt Lee to lead Mary Poppins

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Today Disney and Cameron Mackintosh have announced that Zizi Strallen will play ‘Mary Poppins’ and Matt Lee will play ‘Bert’ in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of their multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins, opening at Leicester Curve on 12 October 2015. Full casting will be announced shortly. Tour schedule below. Strallen is currently starring as ‘Lana’ in Matthew Bourne’s ...

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Barnum – Mayflower, Southampton


Director: Jean-Pierre van der Spuy Music: Cy Colman Lyrics: Michael Stewart Writer: Mark Bramble Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage When Phineas T. Barnum announces to the audience “this is the greatest show on earth” he was not far wrong. Southampton’s Mayflower was ringing out loud with the sounds of the circus as Barnum headed into town. Before the curtain rises the spectacle ...

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