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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Eric Carle Director: Jonathan Rockefeller Reviewer: Clare Howdon Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is currently on tour and myself and my young companions (aged 5 and 2) had the pleasure of seeing it at The Lowry Theatre in Salford.  The show, which runs at just under an hour, brings Carle’s timeless classic ...

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Fiddler on the Roof – Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool

Book: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Tate James The Everyman Theatre is now home to the 14 actors of the new Everyman Company, who are breaking tradition at the prestigious venue with a musical offering in the form of a new production of Fiddler on the Roof. It seems an alarmingly relevant choice for ...

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Funny Girl – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Funny Girl is the (mostly) true story of the rise and first marriage of Broadway Vaudeville (and later film) star Fanny Brice. The musical dates from 1964, and its star Barbra Streisand went on to recreate the role in the Oscar-winning ...

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Rory Bremner: Partly Political – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It seems odd these days that most stand-up comedians have to introduce themselves before arriving on stage: so when the announcer heralds Rory Bremner’s imminent entrance in a broad northern accent, you would be forgiven for thinking“wow Bremner is pushing the boat out tonight”, but then you realize it’s Bremner himself and a timely reminder at just ...

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The Twits – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Max Webster Reviewer: John Roberts Following on from their colourful and entertaining production of Roald Dahl's The Witches,  Leicester's Curve theatre alongside Kingston's Rose Theatre have joined forces to present this hideously grotesque, yet highly enjoyable tour of Dahl's deliciously disgusting duo. Under the direction of Max Webster, Dahl's dark tale is brought vividly ...

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Shark in the Park – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Nick Sharrat Director: Bruce Strachan and Julie Ellen  Reviewer: Clare Howdon Directors Bruce Strachan, of Hairy Maclary adapters Nonsense Room, and Julie Ellen, the artistic director of Macrobert Arts Centre have done a splendid job of adapting Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park series. Shark in the Park centres on young boy Timothy Pope who is looking through his ...

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Brit Floyd: The Immersion Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Andrea Allen It’s a sell-out show for Brit Floyd at The Lowry, and the building is teeming with fans sporting Dark Side of the Moon t-shirts ready to sing along to chant along to Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the Wall. From the buzz of anticipation at the Lowry you’d think Pink Floyd themselves were headlining. Brit Floyd ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Liverpool Empire

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Music:  Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: John Roberts Originally a film vehicle for Oscar Award-winning Julie Andrews in 1967, this stage version was bound for Broadway in 2002 with a new book by Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan and music from Jeanine Tesori - that season the show won ...

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