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culture: Bringing a taste of the twentys to Theatre Royal.

THE roaring twenties are relived in Newcastle this week as flapper girls and even white slavers kick their heels at the Theatre Royal.

Thoroughly Modern Millie opens there tonight and recreates the fun captured by Julie Walters in the hit 1967 musical film.

Presented by Newcastle upon Tyne Theatre Company, it tells the story of Kansas girl Millie Dillmount who arrives in New York in 1922 determined to enjoy the kind of life she thinks should be lived by a modern girl.

Cue lots of songs - such and the well-known Baby Face - and dance routines as Millie's best-laid plans for love and life are turned on their head, as she makes new friends and encounters a white slavery trade.

Taking the lead role is 16-year-old Eleanor Chaganis from South Shields, who appeared last year as a dancer in a TV documentary of Billy Elliot.

Millie's love interest is played by solicitor Jimmy Smith from Newcastle, who has been with the company since 2006. Vicki Richardson who normally choreographs the company's shows, this time directs too. The musical director is Fu Meng Khaw. Thoroughly Modern Millie is at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday. Visit www.theatreroyal.co.uk or call 0844 811-2121.

Read our review of the show in tomorrow's Culture.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Article Type:Theater review
Date:Nov 3, 2008
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