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The Slightly Fat Show – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Created by: Slightly Fat Features Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones The Slightly Fat Show is a veritable Frankenstein’s monster of comedic silliness. A fourteen-legged, knife-wielding, beer-swilling hodgepodge of the most madcap bits of The Young Ones, The Three Stooges, Monty Python, and every pantomime ever created. It’s also unerringly British. Slightly Fat Feature’s earnest and undoubtedly talented troupe are flying the flag ...

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Show Boat – The Lowry, Salford

Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Jerome Kern Director: Janice Honeyman Musical Director: Gareth Jones &Stefan Lombard Reviewer: Laura Orton Premiered on Broadway in 1927, Show Boat was a show stopper. It was a radical change from all its predecessors and set a new standard in the musical genre. It was also the first ever racially integrated musical, allowing ...

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The Perfect American – ENO at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Philip Glass Libretto: Rudy Wurlitzer Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Natalie Barker [rating:5] Having premiered at the Teatro Real Madrid in January, Philip Glass' The Perfect American comes to ENO for a short run. Reviewers of the Madrid performance accused the opera of a hatchet job on Disney's reputation but, although not pretty, this is not a character assassination rather ...

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BIANCO – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Firenza Guidi Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [Rating:3] In 2012, NoFit State Circus created BIANCO_Time for Beauty with the Eden Project in Cornwall. Re-worked for touring, they now present a new incarnation of the show – BIANCO_Turning Savage. Although described as “the story of a great journey inside and outside ourselves,” a story of any kind is barely detectable throughout the ...

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Welsh National Opera: Madame Butterfly – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Luigi Illica &Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Joachin Herz Reviewer: Marina Spark [rating:4] Madame Butterfly is part of the Welsh National Opera's spring 2013 Free Spirits tour. This classic opera tells a tale of absolute adoration and devastating heartbreak. Set near Nagasaki, Japan the story focuses on a young Japanese woman who falls in love with and marries ...

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