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Frankenstien – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Mary Shelley Adaptor: April De Angelis Director: Matthew Xia Reviewer: Jim Gillespie  Marking 200 years since the publication of the ground-breaking novel, The Royal Exchange Theatre offer us a new adaptation of the Frankenstein story. The anniversary is excuse enough, if one were needed, to refresh our fascination for a story which has seemed to speak to every generation ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime From The Frontline – The Lowry, Salfor

Director:  Joe Douglas Reviewer: Paul Maguire There is much comedy and drama that comes out of adversity, and there can’t be many more wretched conditions in which to produce a stand up comedy show than a refugee camp in the West Bank. Mark Thomas, the veteran political comedian, activist and journalist brings to The Lowry his production, Showtime From the ...

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Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Since bursting onto the scene back in 2008, Big Girls Don’t Cry has gained itself a reputation as being one of the best Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute acts around. Despite the success of jukebox musical Jersey Boys and a recent tour by Valli himself, the tribute show is now in its tenth year of ...

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The Great Gatsby – Dolphin Hotel, Mold

Writer: F Scott Fitzgerald Adaptor/Director: Alexander Wright Reviewer: Emma Boswell F Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel, The Great Gatsby, has been transformed into a fully immersive theatre production, thanks to a joint venture between Theatre Clywd and Guide of Misrule. From the moment audience members arrive at Mold’s disused Dolphin Hotel, greeted by bouncers with an American drawl and asked for ...

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Opera North: Un Ballo In Maschera – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Giuseppe Verdi Director: Tim Albery Conductor: Richard Farnes Reviewer: Jo Beggs Having been distracted by the war, Gustavo, King of Sweden, returns home desperate to see the love of his life. Trouble is, the woman in question, Amelia, is his best friend’s wife. So begins the simple but powerful tale of a love triangle that is never going to ...

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Place and Chips – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Deviser: Alice Bunker-Whitney Director: Montserrat Gili Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This entertainment could easily be entitled The Place of Chips, dealing as it does with the unholy alliance of our bodies, food and our inner-self. Alice Bunker-Whitney explores the perennial problem of whether food is sinful, how friendly we are with our bodies and how happy we are in ourselves. We ...

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Wicked – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Helen Patrick Soaring back to Liverpool on a gravity-defying emerald green wave of popularity, the multi-million-pound mega-musical Wicked delivers on every level, every beat and every minute of its runtime. Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman from Gregory Maguire’s book of the same name, the story looks at the ...

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Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline – Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Director: Joe Douglas Writer: Mark Thomas Reviewer: Matt Forrest Mark Thomas has been performing stand-up comedy for 33 years. His shows have seldom deviated from a format whereby Thomas will take a story and recount it with him playing all the various characters - from activist to authority figure, freedom-fighter to slimy arms-dealer, Thomas would play them all. However, for ...

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