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Rock of Ages (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

Many people will be familiar with the 18th Century hymn ‘Rock of Ages’ which was written as a hymn in the 18th Century. It is a very good hymn, and I believe was a favourite of Prince Albert (best known for being the husband of Queen Victoria, played by Anna Neagle).

How it came to be written would make a very good subject for a stage production, but the musical Rock of Ages, currently on ...

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Forbidden Broadway (Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre)

If you like funny shows where Christopher Biggins (best known for On Safari on TV) is in the audience then the very funny Forbidden Broadway is definitely the show for you.

I suppose it’s possible that Christopher Biggins (best known for Brendon Chase on TV) won’t be in the audience when you go, but he was in the audience when I went. I know, because I saw him. It’s rather a funny coincidence, because I ...

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Scooby Doo: The Mystery of the Pyramid

You’ll believe that cartoon characters can be brought to life when you see the cartoon characters Scooby Doo and his friends brought to life in Scooby Doo: the Mystery of the Pyramid.

It was a bit spooky this show should come to Brighton this week as only yesterday I was reading about a court case where the makers of ordinary teabags were suing the makers of pyramid tea bags, though none of this appeared in the plot of the ...

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West End to Broadway (Congress, Eastbourne, July 25th – August 2nd)

From the opening song sung in a foreign language through to the glittering finale in an American accent, I loved every minute of West End to Broadway.

It was staged by the very talented Rattatatonians (so called because they were founded behind a locked door 30 years ago) and some of their original members are still alive, which just goes to show how truly professional they are.

Some of the performers must be so old it’s amazing they ...

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Miss Julie Black Comedy (Minerva Theatre, Chichester, until August 9th)

Modern theatre can sometimes be very difficult to understand, but we seasoned and professional reviewers have to sit through anything – and often write about productions that float way above our heads.

At the Minerva Theatre in Chichester this summer one of the productions – Miss Julie Black Comedy – definitely falls into the category of being odd and I admit to leaving very puzzled indeed. I thought about it so hard on the train ...

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April in Paris

Doris Day once sang a really nice song called April in Paris. When I saw that a play of that name was coming to the Theatre Royal, Brighton, I thought it might have been all about Doris Day. But it wasn’t.

Instead John Godber’s April in Paris is about a married couple – Al and Bet (if you put the names together it almost sounds like Albert, which is a bit French-sounding, so is very appropriate) who don’t really ...

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Blake, RHT, Eastbourne

The Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne is supposedly haunted. But there were no ghosts there tonight. Instead, the talented vocal trio Blake (named after the character of the inspector in TV’s On the Buses) took to the stage.

I really enjoy concerts with singers so I liked this concert. The good looking and talented threesome (Stephen, Humphrey, and Ollie) were very funny and also sang a range of songs, including some I knew.

They displayed their talented vocal ...

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Under Milk Wood (Theatre Royal, Brighton)

I went to the Theatre Royal in Brighton today, which was lucky as I was reviewing a play there called Under Milk Wood.

It was written by Dylan Thomas (named after the rabbit in The Magic Roundabout) and was all about Welsh people. I know it was because I once accidentally saw an episode of Pobol y Cwm on TV, which I think was about Myfanwy and her border collie becoming mayor.

I really like Only Men Aloud ...

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Dawn French – Thirty Million Minutes

I went to Brighton to see a thing starring Dawn French, best known for her appearance on TV in Murder Most Horrid. It was called Thirty Million Minutes because that’s how many episodes of The Comic Strip Presents there were.

It was a solo tour but I think it could have done with some dancers because I quite like dancing in a show, especially when it is by Dougie Squires’ Second Generation.

Although Dawn French is best known as a comedian (mostly ...

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