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Simon Amstell:  What is this? – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul McGuire Simon Amstell is a creative polymath, perhaps best known as a presenter of Popworld and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He is also a prolific writer, actor, author, director, producer and as is seen in tonight’s incarnation, a stand-up comedian In the past, his comedy has successfully drawn parallels with Woody Allen, angst-ridden and therapy obsessed and also ...

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Twelfth Night – Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Kennedy Some thirty years ago an ensemble of disparate student stereotypes, The Young Ones, exploded from our TV sit-com screens - often quite literally. When Adrian Edmondson’s anarcho-Punk, Vivyan, let loose his signature pet hamster comic-strip chaotic schtick mayhem ensued. Twelfth Night, the twelfth day of Christmas marks the Epiphany, the arrival of the ...

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Big Fish – The Other Palace, London

Book: John August, based on the novel by Daniel Wallace Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Scott Matthewman For many musicals, going a full fifteen minutes without any songs can seem like a drag; at the top of the show, it can seem like the kiss of death. Yet for Big Fish, The Other Palace’s latest premiere, its ...

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The Wipers Times – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Ian Hislop & Nick Newman Director: Caroline Leslie Music: Nick Green Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Ian Hislop and Nick Newman take the quite frankly unbelievable true story of Captain Fred Roberts (James Dutton) and Lieutenant Jack Pearson (George Kemp) of the 24th Division, Sherwood Foresters, and produce an old-fashioned celebration of the Great British spirit. 1916, the mud-soaked trenches of ...

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Spamalot – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Eric Idle Music: John Du Prez & Eric Idle Director: Daniel Buckroyd Reviewer: Lizz Clark The legend of King Arthur is a cultural cornerstone, endlessly available to be reinterpreted and – naturally – spoofed. The Monty Python crew recognised this when they made 1975's Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and thanks to Eric Idle and John Du Prez, ...

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Don’t Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant! – La Mama, New York

(Dont Feed the Indians)(La Mama, NYC) (c)Maya Bitan

Writer & Director: Murielle Borst-TarrantReviewer: Jamie RoslerThere are several uncomfortable conversations that should be had by the United States of America, as a nation. One could easily point out that the U.S.A. is built on certain European ideals and beliefs, the acting out of which forms the foundation of the longest-lasting and arguably least had uncomfortable conversation. Don’t Feed the ...

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How to Win Against History – Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol

Book, music and lyrics: Seiriol Davies   Reviewer: Julia Beasley Edwardian cross-dressing toff Henry Cyril Page certainly knew how to be outrageous. He was the 5th Marquis of Anglesey, one of the wealthiest men in the world. But he squandered the family fortune on sparkly frocks and ruby-encrusted slippers, turned the chapel into a theatre and put on plays – ...

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The Trap  – The Omnibus Theatre, London

Writer: Kieran Lynn Director: Dan Ayling Reviewer: Richard Maguire Payday loan companies such as Wonga, once criticised for their high-interest rates and their coercive debt-collecting methods, no longer appear to hit the headlines, but they have not disappeared. Easy to find on the Internet, they are also increasingly familiar on the high street.  Kieran Lynn’s The Trap is set in a fictional ...

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