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Review: I Know You Of Old

Review: I Know You Of Old

For an interview with creators David Fairs and Anna Marsland, please see the accompanying article.

For more information on I Know You Of Old, please refer to the accompanying news article.


David Fairs flips comedy into tragedy with apparent ease – the fluidity of the text belies the time and effort taken to rework a Shakespearean script and give it a whole new angle. Puritans may argue that Shakespeare is not a playwright to be mess about with, but the care and respect Fairs gives to The Bard only further showcases his writing prowess.

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Interview: Miss Nightingale creator Matthew Bugg and star Tamar Broadbent, “We should be spending time making the people who like us, love us.”

Interview: Miss Nightingale creator Matthew Bugg and star Tamar Broadbent, “We should be spending time making the people who like us, love us.”

As an original musical, not based on a book or a film, nor brought over from America to our side of the pond, Miss Nightingale is somewhat of an anomaly on the theatrical scene at present. It is a highly political piece, but not one that announces its own intentions. Instead it fuses a heady world of 1940s jazz and cabaret with a tale of illegal love, blackmail and immigrants trying to make their living in the middle of the London Blitz.
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Review: Miss Nightingale

Review: Miss Nightingale

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Miss Nightingale storms the stage to start the show just as it ends – with energy, enthusiasm and a patriotic desire to support the troops. Unfortunately, these kinds of scenes are often where Matthew Bugg loses his way slightly on the show, releasing his otherwise tightly held grip and clear conceptual realisation in favour of getting the audience on their feet, involved and dancing. These numbers fall flat and end up as slapdash, a bit shoddy and overdone. The best parts of Miss Nightingale are those that stay simple, heartfelt and emotional, stripped back and laid bare. Thankfully these nuggets of gold far outweigh their superficial counterparts in a musical that has real promise and foresight, a refreshing take on a forbidden love story.

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News: Miss Nightingale returns to London for an extended run

News: Miss Nightingale returns to London for an extended run

After five UK tours the original British musical, Miss Nightingale by Matthew Bugg, finally enjoys an extended London run six years after a small-scale production of the show was first seen in the capital. Miss Nightingale  transfers to The Vaults for an eight-week residency from 30 March to 20 May.

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