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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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Andy Parsons: Peak Bullshit – The Lowry, Salford.

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Andy Parsons cut his comedy teeth in the 1990s as one of the main writers for Spitting Image. Since then the comedy merry go round has turned full circle and in the current political climate, Parson’s style of satirical comedy is now back in vogue. Parsons bounds onto the large stage with confidence big enough to fill ...

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Billy Elliot the Musical – Liverpool Empire

Adam Abbou as Billy Elliot and ensemble

Writer: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Multi-award winning extravaganza Billy Elliot the Musical comes to Liverpool this month with a two-week run at the Liverpool Empire. The shows tells the tale of young Billy, who wants to swap his boxing gloves for ballet slippers, against a backdrop of the 1980s miners’ strikes.  The show ...

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Life By The Throat – The Lowry, Salford

Woman in football top

Writer: Eve Steele Director: Ed Jones Reviewer: Jo Beggs Jamie is trouble. Before he turns ten he’s a liar and a thief. He roams around the Hulme Crescents like he owns the place. And that’s just the start of a wretched life. In and out of prison for theft and violence, drinking himself into oblivion, doing all the drugs he ...

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The Sum – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Man and woman seated, talking

Writer: Lizzie Nunnery Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: John Roberts There is certainly something commendable about the Everyman Rep season producing a “state of the times” play, the country is certainly facing some severe problems and none so more than in cities such as Liverpool. So while the idea of The Sum may have come from a place of real care ...

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The Toad Knew – The Lowry, Salford

Man in fur coat

Creator: James Thierree Reviewer: Dave Cunningham A solitary figure who enjoys reading, a petit wild child and a sprite flitting above the stage. No, this isn’t The Tempest but the surreal world of The Toad Knew. The production is close to a one-man show with James Thierree as writer, composer and set designer – he even contributed to the lighting. ...

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