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One Man Two Guv’nors – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

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Writer: Richard Bean from The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni Director: Nicholas Hytner Music: Grant Olding Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It is testament to the writing skills of Richard Bean and the supreme talent of the energetic and committed cast that an obscure 18th Century Commedia dell’Arte farce has a packed audience of 21st Century Glaswegians rolling in the ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Bristol Hippodrome

Gavin Spokes - One Man Two Guvnors

Original Director: Nicholas Hytner Tour Director: Adam Penford Writer: Richard Bean Reviewer: Claire Hayes [Rating:4.5] This latest incarnation of the National Theatre’s big hitting farce is a touring show, with Gavin Spokes taking the lead role of Francis Henshall. Based on the eighteenth century play The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, Richard Bean’s comedy has updated the action ...

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One Man, Two Guvnor’s – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield


Writer: Richard Bean Music & Lyrics: Grant Olding Director: Nicholas Hytner Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Ina cross between Carry on and Pantomime we have the incredibly hilarious One Man, Two Guvnor’s.  Full of physical comedy, slapstick, audience participation and breaking of the fourth wall. Played originally in the West End by James Corden we now have Gavin Spokes filling the woollen ...

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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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