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Stewart Lee: Content Provider – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall You should pretty much know what to expect when you buy a ticket to see Stewart Lee. If you don’t you have most definitely gone to the wrong gig. In the final year of his forties, Lee is not one to suffer fools gladly – not that he ever has. And as ever – we, his loyal ...

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The Ukulele Orchestra: Heresy II Heritage – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Now in their 32nd year, The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain are continuing to tour all over the world, performing at some of the most iconic venues and events, including the Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Houses of Parliament and Glastonbury Festival. On their latest tour, The Ukulele Orchestra: Heresy II Heritage, the award-winning octet, who ...

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Grease – The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Additional songs: Barry Gibb, John Farrer, Louis St Louis and Scott Simon Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Grease, the smash hit musical based in the heydey of rock ‘n’ roll, has been a phenomenal success since it burst on to the scene in the 1970s.  Although famous from its 1978 ...

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From Shore to Shore – Yang Sing, Manchester

Writers: Mary Cooper and MW Sun Director: David K S Tse Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Tucked away in private dining area in the Yang Sing restaurant in Manchester’s vibrant Chinatown you’ll find an intimate temporary theatre dedicated to telling rarely heard stories of migration, and the challenges faced by crossing borders and cultural boundaries in search of a place to call ...

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Hard Times – the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

The cast are silhouetted against a set of iron girders bathed in blue light

Writer: Chares Dickens Adaptor: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Timing is occasionally everything and with a general election looming amid a backdrop of political unrest in the UK; Oldham Coliseum’s production of Hard Times fits perfectly into this current programme.  Although originally published in 1845; the central themes of Charles Dicken’s novel ring true today.  The conflict ...

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Something Terrible Might Happen – The Lowry, Salford

A male and female with Fragile Tape over their mouths and wrapped in Bubble Wrap

Writer/Director: Uncanny Theatre Reviewer: Lizz Clark They say that there's nothing to fear but fear itself – and spiders, of course. But what is fear really like, how does it shape and control us, and why? These are the questions that Matt, Ben, Matthew and Natalie of Uncanny Theatre explore in Something Terrible Might Happen, a grab-bag of ideas and ...

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The Road To Huntsville – The Lowry, Salford

A woman sits infant of a video projection screen showing a clinical room

Writer: Stephanie Ridings Director: Jonathan V McGrath Reviewer: Jo Beggs We’ve all heard about them, the women who fall in love with murderers on death row. There’s been books and documentaries, ranging from serious psychological studies to trashy real-life crime novels. Stephanie Ridings found herself getting a bit obsessed with it all. She thought it would be a good theme ...

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The Importance of Being Ernest – Theatr Clwyd

A group of people dressed in victoriana over a pram

Writer: Oscar Wilde Director: Richard Fitch Reviewer: Clare Boswell The Importance of Being Ernest, currently in production at Mold’s Theatr Clwyd is one of Oscar Wilde’s most popular and enduring social satires and is a story which is familiar to most; at its centre is Jack ‘Ernest’ Worthing (Matt Jessup), who has made something of himself, despite not knowing his ...

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