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10 February 2005, Issue 16
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Candide The MusicalContents:
1. NEWS: Cheap Tix, Our Picks, & Reviews
2. TOP SHOWS: Leading West End shows
3. FIRST NIGHTS: An out-of-tune nation
4. CURTAINS DOWN: G'bye to Springer
5. THEATRE PACKAGES: Tickets + Hotels
7. GROUPS: Free tickets and big savings
8. COMPETITION: Go-go-to-Joseph for free


1. NEWS:

Ticketmaster Gift Vouchers - Give the clever gift of tickets, and entertain yourself, too. Click here for more information...

Cheap Theatre Tickets - Pick up a bargain with Mayor Livingstone's latest theatre sell-off: Get Into London Theatre 2005, with some ticket prices dropping to even the UKP10 mark...

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Photo:  John RogersChitty Chitty Bang Bang
London Palladium
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang we love you - the new mantra of cast, kids, critics and theatre producers. The West End has long been wooing a crowd puller to seduce its dwindling audience, and it seems the long awaited new kid on the block has finally arrived.
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Blithe Spirit
Savoy Theatre
FRESH from its run as part of the 2004 Peter Hall Season, this new production of Coward's own favourite play follows author Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth as they hold a seance as part of research for Charles' new novel. Expecting little more than after-dinner entertainment, their lives are turned upside down when eccentric medium Madam Arcati inadvertantly conjures up the ghost of Charles' first wife. Click for full review...

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Saturday Night Fever
Apollo Victoria Theatre
Watch the West End go disco with this polyester-loving version of the Travolta-classic. Popstar Kym Marsh and EastEnders' Shaun Williamson (as DJ Monty) help to celebrate the best of the Beegees.
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Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Criterion Theatre
The Reduced Shakespeare Company, after reveling in previous successes, widdles the complete works of Shakespeare down to just under two hours, breaking sixteen comedies into a high-speed, jovially entertaining classic of its own right.

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Our Picks...

Candide The MusicalLeonard Bernstein's Candide
11 & 12 Feb 2005, 7.30pm, Royal Festival Hall.
“A cornucopia of goodies...irresistible tunes at every turn.”Don't miss this towering work of comic and philosophical genius. Cast includes Sir Thomas Allen and Kim Criswell.

Tickets: £10 - £30.
20% off when you buy online!

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Billy Elliot

Victoria Palace Theatre
24 March 2005 - 24 Sept 2005
Tickets are one sale for the long-awaited musical from the Golden Globe Winner Billy Elliot. Incorporating the film's writer Lee Hall and choreographer Peter Darling, the show's music was composed by Elton John and stars three new theatrical hopefuls. With a production budget topping around UKP5 million, Billy Elliot is not one to miss. Not suitable for small children.
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The Producers, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

SHAKESPEARE was the master of manipulating the metaphorical tool of a "play within a play." But now it is the Brooks, not the Bard, who takes mirror imaging to the stage with his riotous musical, "The Producers," now playing at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The godfather of modern American satire, Mel Brooks recently brought the script of his 1968 film to the stage, with wild success in New York City. The London cast is headed by Lee Evans and Nathan Lane, who was rushed from the U.S. to fill the tap shoes of an ailing Richard Dreyfus...
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Theatre Review...

A Life In The TheatreA Life In The Theatre - Joshua Jackson and Patrick Stewart use A Life In The Theatre to throw back at the silly posturing of actors, and end up making themselves more respected ones, in the process...
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Top Sellers (19 Jan - 9 Feb 2005)
1) Phantom of the Opera
2) The Producers
3) Mary Poppins
4) Chicago
The Lion King

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National Anthems
Opens Feb 8
Set in the middle American suburbs during the mid-eighties, National Anthems is a hard-hitting glance at values and the American dream. Fittingly, Kevin Spacey plays opposite Mary Stuart Masterson and Steven Weber.
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Jerry Springer the OperaJerry Springer
Finishes 19 February
After 609 performances, this is your last chance to see the multi award Jerry Springer - The Opera.
The WEST END RUN MUST END on SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY prior to a UK National Tour.

The hit-show has broken musical records by becoming the four times winner of Best Musical at the Olivier, Evening Standard, Critics' Circle and What's On Stage Awards and winner of three Olivier Awards for Best Actor in a Musical, Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical and Best Sound Design. David Soul, star of TV's Starsky & Hutch, is Jerry Springer and David Bedella, winner of Best Actor in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for his performance as Warm-up Man and Satan, returns to the cast after appearing as Dr Carlos Fashola in Holby City.

Jerry Springer - The Opera, in association with the Evening Standard, present a Charity Gala Performance in aid of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres on Friday 18 February at 4pm. All tickets are only UKP20 with UKP10 being donated to Maggie's. To book tickets call: 0870 890 0512

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres are for anybody who has, or who has had cancer. They are also for their families, thier friends and their carers. The Evening Standard have committed to raise UKP1million for Maggie's.
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For great deals on hotel and theatre packages we now offer a wide variety of theatre and hotel packages. Choose from a list of the West End's top shows and combine your tickets with a range of recommended hotels to suit all budgets.

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Special Offers:
The Rat Pack & 3* hotel
- UKP107.50
We Will Rock You & 3* - UKP84.50
Chicago & 3* hotel - UKP96.50


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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; photo by Sue HarrisWin 2 tickets to the award-winning Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat during its anniversary!

Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaption of the Biblical story of Joseph, the Jewish boy sold by his brothers into slavery and later comes into favour with the Pharoah because of his insight into dreams. Derived from religious history, but Sunday church, this is not. Rollicking upbeat numbers mark this show from beginning to end.

Question: What sort of talent brings Joseph into the Pharoah's favour? Hint: see above.

How to Enter: Send an email with the correct answer to [email protected], with the subject header "Joseph Theatre Competition".

More Necessary Info: NB Include email, telephone number and postal address (which will only be used for this compie - guaranteed). If you don't include your details we can't send you info about the prize! First correct answers out of the Editor's hat win the prizes, details will be sent to the winner. The Editor's decision is final.

Even More Info: Includes all performances except Saturdays, until 2 April (excluding 14-18 Feb). Tickets will be held in the winner's name at the Theatre Box Office.

Closing Date: 3pm, Feb 18th, 2005.

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