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Stick Man – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julia Donaldson Adapter: Scamp Theatre Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Theatre companies and producers must jump for joy upon learning they have acquired the theatrical rights to a popular children’s bedtime book. With companies like Tall Stories eternally producing favourites like The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom, big business can be made from small picture books. Scamp ...

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Brainiac Live – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall The phrase “don’t try this at home” could have been created for this show. Brainiac Live is an hour of high-energy stuff both in terms of performance and what may get blown up onstage. Fizzing with combustive elements you need to watch some of it with your fingers in your ears. For those who seem to remember ...

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Douglas McGrath Music / Lyrics: Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: Helen Tope Tapestry is no ordinary record. A chronicle of heartbreak and hope, even forty years after its release in 1971, it continues to speak to men and women about the nature of love. Carole King’s remarkable album is just part of ...

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I Am Antigone – Theater for the New City, New York

"I Am Antigone" by Saudamini Siegrist, directed by Myriam Cyr, presented by Theater for the New City's 2017 Dream Up Festival. (Left to Right) Jake Mathew, Leovina Charles as Ismene, Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam as Creon, Nicole Ansari as Antigone, Logan Pitt, Matthew Robertson, Peter Halpin as Memphis. Photo by Wai Wing Lau.

Writer: Saudamini Siegrist Director: Myriam Cyr Reviewer: Jamie Rosler The story of Antigone has been told, adapted, and retold since ancient Greece, but if you don’t know it from Sophocles or Anouilh, she’s happy to tell you from her own point of view. Playwright and poet Saudamini Siegrist’s powerful new adaptation, as part of the Dream Up Festival at Theater ...

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Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny – Theatre Royal, York

Writer: Richard Hurford Music/Lyrics: Rob Castell Directors: Suzann McLean, Damian Cruden Designer: Jane Linz Roberts Reviewer: Ron Simpson Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny takes its time deciding whether it wants to be a humorously feminist take on the Robin Hood story (with a message among the songs and the daft gags) or simply a summer pantomime. After a first ...

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Sister Act – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Kris Hallett Sister Act is a staple of Sunday afternoon movie viewing, a film that when it is on requires you to put your feet up with a cuppa and watch. Along with Bond and Hocus Pocus (why has this still not been converted into a show ...

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Alice in Wonderland – Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester

Open Air Theatre - with Wonderland lettering adorning the space

Writer: Lewis Carroll Adaptor: Glyn Maxwell Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: John Roberts Family shows at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre have always had a strong stamp of originality and following the success of last year’s production of Stig of the Dump, the same creative team Glyn Maxwell (adaptor) and director Derek Bond have once again brought magic to city ...

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