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James Wilton Dance: Leviathan – Contact, Manchester

A group of dancers silhouetted through smoke

Choreography: James Wilton Reviewer: Peter Jacobs James Wilton Dance’s Leviathan aspires to greatness, loosely inspired by one of the Great American Novels of the Nineteenth Century – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. In the novel, Captain Ahab becomes obsessed with capturing a white whale, ‘a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining’.  ...

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La Strada – The Lowry, Salford

Writer in the room: Mike Akers Based on work of: Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano & Tullio Pinelli Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: John Roberts Based on the Oscar-winning film by renowned visual director Federico Fellini, Sally Cookson’s devised adaptation of La Strada welcomes you into the story of the quiet and naive Gelsomina (Audrey Brisson) with open arms and then slowly ...

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Winter Hill – The Octagon, Bolton

Six middle-aged women huddle together taking a selfie

Writer: Timberlake Wertenbaker Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Winter Hill is a familiar landmark in the North West, its shining beacon is a glowing reminder of lofty heights, wet, wild nature and windswept moors. From a romanticised view of this iconic landmark is born a new production from writer Timberlake Wertenbaker which imagines a no-so-distant future where the pristine ...

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The Wedding Singer – Opera House, Manchester

jon robyns wedding singer king's theatre glasgow

Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Donna Kelly Based on the 1998 hit movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, The Wedding Singer tells the story of Robbie Hart, a wannabe rock-star stuck as a singer on the wedding band circuit. When his fiancée dumps him at the altar, it’s ...

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Rachel – Z Arts Centre, Manchester

Woman with green hair

Writer/Director: Stevie Helps Reviewer: Matt Forrest Some pieces of work challenge the audience and can cause a great deal of internal debate: these shows are few and far between but when they come along they hit you like a spade in the face. Rachel is definitely one of those plays. With that in mind here is the unusual step of ...

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Dracula: The Bloody Truth – The Lowry, Salford

Dracula and three female vampires

Writer: Bram Stoker Director: John Nicholson Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Theatre Company, Le Navet Bete, have left their Devon home to tour their wickedly funny adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror story. Bram might recognise the rudiments of his story, but the treatment is unashamedly silly. Professor Van Helsing attempts to put the record straight, after Bram Stoker’s sensationalising of the ...

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An Evening with Anthony Joshua – The Lowry, Salford

Black boxer

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It would be fair to say that there is very little left for Anthony Joshua to achieve: at the tender of age of 27, he is an Olympic champion, has won gold at the 2012 games in London and is a previous British, Commonwealth and WBC International heavyweight champion. At present, he is the reigning and defending ...

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Ana Morales Flamenco Company: Reunión – The Lowry, Salford

Flamenco dancer (female)

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs With the support of British flamenco promoters Flamenco Edition, Ana Morales and David Coria – two of the most exciting and highly-regarded flamenco performers today – bring this brand new show from the heat of Seville to the barely holding-off May drizzle of Salford (and elsewhere in the UK for a short tour). Reunión is staged with ...

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