P575 CEEFAX 2 575 Mon 09 Oct 12:51/10  1/4     ——————————————————————————————————————— THE BEAUTIFUL GAME Cambridge Theatre, London Northern Ireland's troubled history would seem an unlikely subject for a toe-tapping West End musical. But this reminds us that at the heart of every conflict are ordinary people striving to live happy, hopeful lives. Set in Belfast between 1869 and 1972, it follows the fortunes of a group of young Catholics who play local ootball. As sectarian violence increases, they try to live out their dreams of peace through romance and sport. —————————— by Rebecca Thomas —————————— Lottery 555 Children 500 Music 560 Bookmark Showbiz TV Index NWestTV
P575 CEEFAX 2 575 Mon 09 Oct 12:50/00    2/4   ——————————————————————————————————————— THE BEAUTIFUL GAME Cambridge Theatre, London With a combo as high-profile as Ben Elton and Andrew Lloyd Webber at the helm, this was always going to generate the interest to put bums on seats. Once there, audiences will happi|y vind Elton has worked his observational and comic magic to create a script bursting with humour, humanity and pathos. Lord Lloyd Webber, in his own inimitable fashion, delivers a batch of simple but memorable, and often heart- wrenching, tunes. —————————— by Rebecca Thomas —————————— Lottery 555 Children 500 Music 560 Bookmark Showbiz TV Index N'bstTV
P575 CEEFAX 2 575 Mon 09 Oct 12:50/10      3/4 ——————————————————————————————————————— THE BEAUTIFUL GAME Cambridge Theatre, London Admittedly, the "teenage" company sport a distracting line in dodgy wigs. At times too, they bear a striking resemblance to the oddball cast of seventies sitcom Please Sir! But in the l—in, the acting is wair, if not remarkable. And the performances of the two female leads — played by Hannah Waddingham and Josie Walker — shine. —————————— by Rebecca Thomas —————————— Lottery 555 Children 500 Music 560 Showbiz 540 TV Views 590 Films 541 Bookmark Showbiz TV Index N'fstTV
P575 CEEFAX 2 575 Mon 09 Oct 12:52/00      ————————————————————————————————— 4/4 THE BEAUTIFUL GAME Cambridge Theatre, London Disappointment comes only in the puzzling balletic, Riverdance approach adopted for what should have been some powerful scenes on the pitch. And the discordant, disjointed bursts from the orchestra — used to create both a youthful tone and a sense of menace — may set teeth on edge. But as the action slides inexorably towards tragedy, these flaws pale into insignificance against the emotion and global relevance of the whole. —————————— by Rebecca Thomas —————————— Lottery 555 Children 500 Music 560 Bookmark Showbiz TV Index NWestTV