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Drunk – Bridewell Theatre, London

DRUNK - Bridewell Theatre, London. Photo Credit Marc Hankins

Director/Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: TL Wiswell Certain combinations of things set off the reviewer radar. New show, new space ... is it a pre-West End run or a bad idea about to die? Given the miserable weather, a "musical dance revue" on the theme of liquor was enough to motivate this reviewer to hope for the best. It helped that ...

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Drunk – The Curve, Leicester

DRUNK - The Curve, Leicester Sean Halidy

Music: Grant Olding Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: James Garrington The intimate studio at Leicester’s Curve theatre provides a wonderful venue for the premiere of Drunk, the inaugural production of the McOnie Company. Founded by up-and-coming choreographer Drew McOnie in October 2013, the company aims to bridge the gap between musical theatre and traditional dance by bringing together performers and creative ...

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The Good Person Of Sichuan – Mercury Theatre, Colchester


Writer: Bertolt Brecht Translator: Michael Hofmann Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:3]   Brecht's play, written in exile during the war years, is intended as a parable, an epic theatre exploration of morality and society. Can we be wholly good in an imperfect world? The story is set in Sichuan province, where three Enlightened Ones come down to earth ...

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James and the Giant Peach – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh


Writer: Roald Dahl Adaptation: David Wood Director: Nikolai Foster Composer: Grant Olding Designer: Colin Richmond Lighting: James Whiteside Reviewer: Val Baskott [rating:4.5] There’s always an anxious moment when a beloved children’s story is brought to life on stage or screen. Will it destroy the magic of the story forever? There are no such worries as Birmingham Stage Company tackle David ...

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James and the Giant Peach – Palace Theatre, Southend

James and the giant peach

Adaptor:  David Wood from Roald Dahl’s novel. Composer: Grant Olding Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Melissa Rynn [rating:5] With Matilda firmly cemented as a West End favourite and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opening to an eager public, a new generation of youngsters are discovering the joy of Roald Dahl, and an older generation of adults are rediscovering a staple of ...

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Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: Mark Catley Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [Rating:3.5] Interest in Arthur Conan Doyle’s world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes has soared in the past few years, thanks to Steven Moffat’s BBC drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch. So it makes sense that theatre companies are eager to resurrect such a complex and interesting character. ‘The Best Kept Secret’ is an original story ...

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James and the Giant Peach- The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

James & Giant Peach Belgrade

Writer: David Wood (from the book by Roald Dahl) Director: Nikolai Foster Composer: Grant Olding Reviewer: Nicole Evans [rating:4.5] Recreating any works of the literary master that is Roald Dahl is always a risky business, but attempting a stage version of a story like James and the Giant Peach brings a set of challenges that most companies would shy away ...

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Sherlock Holmes – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Sherlock Holmes

 Writer: Mark Catley Director: Nikolai Foster Designer: Michael Taylor Magic Consultant: Scott Penrose Music: Grant Olding Reviewer: S. E. Webster [rating:3] World-premiering at West Yorkshire Playhouse this summer is the latest wave of Sherlock Holmes revival, taking the form of a new and exciting production written by Mark Catley. The script and style of production has a highly authentic Conan ...

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