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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

‘How difficult it is to re-create the nostalgia of childhood favourites’: STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – West End by Not Exactly Billington

In summary, stage adaptations of films should be justified by bringing something new to a well-known story, and Strictly Ballroom misses the mark on this point.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

‘Several moments of musical ecstasy’: AN OFFICER & A GENTLEMAN – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

This new musical adaptation of An Officer and a Gentleman, receiving its world premiere at Curve, makes no apologies for embracing the melodrama of the movie. In doing so, it delivers a poli…

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

‘Embraces silence & precision’: THE YORK REALIST – Sheffield by Not Exactly Billington

Robert Hastie once said that the director’s role is “to provide the clearest conduit between a writer and an actor”. Such an approach, effectively of getting in the way as little as po…

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

‘Nothing but praise for the central performances’: KISS OF THE SPIDER MAN – Menier Chocolate Factory by Not Exactly Billington

While Puig’s masterpiece Kiss of the Spider Woman doesn’t quite work when fleshed into a physical entity, I am reminded of the unique and all-conquering power of the human imagination, a…

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Friday, March 30, 2018

‘The greatest Dahl adaptation to date’: MATILDA THE MUSICAL – Touring by Not Exactly Billington

Matilda is THE family musical of this generation and a must-see for musical theatre aficionados for Minchin’s score alone. The fun and mischief are infectious and I can’t remember the la…

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

‘A world of utterly engrossing characters’: THE INHERITANCE – Young Vic by Not Exactly Billington

As well as being a damn clever meditation on the creative process, the writing in The Inheritance is also emotionally searing, nuanced and consistent, never glib or rushed.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

‘A watershed moment not only in musical history but in cultural history’: HAMILTON – West End by Not Exactly Billington

Has there ever been a more hotly anticipated new musical? A rhapsodic biography of America’s ‘forgotten’ founding father, Hamilton has whipped up a hurricane (pardon the pun) of frenzy…

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