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Phantom of the Opera!

Phantom of the Opera is a classic musical. One that has been in the West End forever, and probably will stay there forever more.  And now I have finally seen it, it is easy to see why. Apart from having heard of a few of the songs, I knew very little about this musical before this evening. I hadn’t seen the film or even googled the plot or anything. And I wasn’t even that sure I would like it.» >

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Jersey Boys

Making a great musical is hard! A lot of things have to pull together to make it a success let alone for it to become a classic. But luckily Jersey Boys seems to have hit the jackpot! With excellent music (taken from the well known hits of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons) and an uber talented cast, this particular musical seems to have got it all right!

The story of Jersey Boys starts, as you might suspect, in a little town in New Jersey in the 1960s where four guys are singing under a lamp post.» >

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The Countdown to Christmas


o our faithful writers and readers here at Arts and Books,

We would like to say a big thank you for your participation in what has been another brilliant term of content for the section. In particular we have been overwhelmed with responses for our last issue of term. We hope you all continue to produce more creative, inspiring and insightful work next term.

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Jodie Irvine ( & featured image)

– If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at the adorable and fantastic John Lewis Christmas advertising campaign in their Bear and Hare television advert.» >

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Home Theatre


Annabel Williams

On the 26th October 30 shows with 30 different artists, being filmed by 30 filmmakers were performed all on the same night at around 7’oclock. This huge challenge was undertaken by Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of a project called ‘Home Theatre’. The project originated in Brazil taking place in the homes of 30 hosts resulting in 30 completely individual pieces of theatre for an audience entirely chosen by them.» >

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Noel Coward Theatre
16th November 2013

“Little Britain meets Shakespeare’s pot smoking fairies” is how my best mate described the show, and I would certainly agree with her.

You will already know the story of the four lovers, but here’s a reminder: Lysander loves Hermia and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Confused? Things just get worse when the four venture into the mysterious forest and they become more liberated Athenians.» >

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Harry Potter Studio Tour!

My Magical Experience Visiting the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios Tour

When I first heard about a Harry Potter Studios tour opening, it really excited me as to how I could go and see objects, props and sets from the films I adore. Ever since 1997 (woah!), when the first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released, I was captivated by J. K. Rowling’s incredible and simply magical stories.» >

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Lindsey Davis

I caught up with Lindsey Davis during the Annual Classical Associations conference at Easter 2013 which was held at the University of Reading. Lindsey is a fictional author with books set in classical Rome.

A lot of our readers would not of read your books, why do you think they should and what sort of audience are they aimed at?
I must say first that I am not a classicist, I am a retired civil servant who studied English literature.
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