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Ballet Lorent: Rumpelstiltskin- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Carol Ann Duffy Director and choreographer: Liv Lorent   Composer : Murray Gold Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Carol Ann Duffy’s re-telling of the well-known fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin establishes the motivation of a character who, until now, has simply been a two-dimensional villain and skilfully moves the story away from revenge towards a theme of redemption. A King (John Kendall) slides into ...

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Get Well Soon – Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax

Writer: Ged Cooper Director: Marianne McNamara Composer/Musical Director: Rebekah Hughes Reviewer: Ron Simpson In Get Well Soon, Danuta, the Polish nurse, is fond of explaining everything by means of Polish proverbs; one turns out to be much the same as “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That seems to be the formula by which Mikron Theatre operates. Having devised ...

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Jarrod Dickenson – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It seems silly to label Nashville based, Texan troubadour Jarrod Dickenson a new, rising star, he’s an artist who’s been on the scene since 2010. However, now that the appetite for musical Americana is gathering momentum in the UK, Dickenson’s reputation is building, and with speed. He’s in Glasgow at the world-famous King Tut’s with just his ...

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Friday Night Classics: Best of the West End – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Martin Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Six weeks after its postponement due to severe wintry weather, we assemble in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on one of the hottest days of the year so far for the latest Friday Night Classics offering from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), this time celebrating the music from great West End (and Broadway) musicals. ...

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Natalie Inside Out – The Lowry, Salford 

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Natalie Inside Out is a collaboration between hand-balancer Natalie Reckert and digital artist – and former circus artist – Mark Morreau. The show builds on the circus skills of Reckert and investigates and illuminates them using digital technologies, examining the relationship between the body as performance and reality, teasing at the seams where live acrobatics, film and digital ...

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Assassins – Gate Theatre, Dublin

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book:  John Weidman Director: Selina Cartmell What does one expect from a Sondheim musical? Irish and international audiences alike have been thrilled for many years by the dynamic musical compositions and quirky lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. As such, this production of Assassins has a lot to live up to, and something about this production falls ...

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Shitfaced Shakespeare – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lewis Ironside Reviewer: Heather Deacon Never could Shakespeare play be described as a wild and raucous night…until now! Magnificent Bastard Productions bring Shitfaced Shakespeare, a uniquely chaotic night, to the Leicester Square Theatre until 2nd June, with one (rotating) drunk cast member a night and a classic - if drastically shortened - script; Merchant of Venice. ...

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Little Eyolf – The Print Room at the Coronet, London

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Director: Sofia Jupither Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Stark set, stark theme and stark performance. Ibsen’s play about a family in calamity is a tough to take - the insights and cutting jibes at human selfishness are shiveringly accurate and the delivery is forceful. A heady mix, and a superb creation from the Norwegian Ibsen Company and the National ...

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