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The Father – Oldham Coliseum

Writers:  Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Richard Hall The Coliseum’s final in-house production of the spring/summer 2017 season is a bold and innovative choice for this venue. The Father, by French novelist and playwright Florian Zeller, is a powerful, dark, tragic comedy about the harrowing and devastating impact of dementia on one man and his family. ...

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Operation Black Antler – Home, Manchester

Writer/Directors: Matt Adams, Richard Hahlo, Jem Wall, Ju Row Farr, Nick Tandavanitji Reviewer: Matt Forrest The chances are if you utter the words “Forget about it” in a faux Italian accent, someone within ear shot will reply “Forget about it” back, such is the appeal and fondness for the 1997 film Donnie Brasco, which saw Johnny Depp go deep undercover ...

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Dave Spikey – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Dave Spikey performed his first stand-up show in 1987 while working as a biomedical scientist at Bolton General Hospital. He tells the three-quarter full Quay Theatre that tonight's show is the story of his career. A tale of how he got from that point 30 years ago, to where he is now via winning The Best Newcomer ...

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Billy Elliot the Musical – Liverpool Empire

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Multi-award winning extravaganza Billy Elliot the Musical comes to Liverpool this month with a two-week run at the Liverpool Empire. The shows tells the tale of young Billy, who wants to swap his boxing gloves for ballet slippers, against a backdrop of the 1980s miners’ strikes.  The show ...

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Stephen K Amos: World Famous – The Lowry, Salford

Stephen K Amos

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham It is hard to avoid the impression that the success of Stephen K. Amos is attributable not to what he says but to the manner in which he says it. His new tour is entitled World Famous but, although some of the routines take inspiration from casual racism Amos experienced while touring in places like Australia, topics ...

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Ramin Karimloo and The Broadgrass Band: Lead Me Home -The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Musicals, for many people, are the prime example of the glitz and glamour of showbiz. It takes guts, therefore, for Broadway star and Olivier and Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo to strip away much of the pomp and lush orchestration from musical standards and perform them in more basic arrangements. The musical style adopted by Karimloo for ...

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CD REVIEW: Half a Sixpence – 2016 London Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Cameron Macintosh achieved universal acclaim when he brought Mary Poppins to the stage over a decade ago. And so it comes as no surprise that he has reunited the team behind it - writer Julian Fellowes and song writing team Stiles and Drewe - for a crack at reimagining another classic musical. Unlike Poppins, Half a Sixpence ...

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