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The Full Monty – Opera House, Manchester

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Iain Sykes Well, whatever the well known song says, you really do have to take your hat off to the six brave actors baring all in front of a few thousand (mainly female) screaming theatregoers. For this is no ordinary play. This is The Full Monty. The stage version of the hit 1997 ...

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Angelos and Barry: The Power Generation – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Comedians Alex Lowe and Daniel Skinner have separately appeared in some of Britain’s best, and much loved television comedies. Lowe having appeared in The Fast Show and Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, while Skinner has done guest slots in The Office Christmas specials and The Armstrong and Miller Show, it would be fair to say these two have ...

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Maximum Rhythm and Blues – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt For an evening of nostalgic 60s music and authentic rhythm and blues featuring The Manfreds, PP Arnold and Zoot Money, the Maximum Rhythm and Blues Tour is a gig not to be missed.  It’s incredible to think that many of the outstanding artists featured in this production first burst onto the music scene in the early 60s, ...

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Jeremy Hardy – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Jeremy Hardy takes to the Lowry stage dressed in black shirt, black trousers and a pair of black trainers. “I’m Johnny Cash, ” he announces. Instead, he is a man in a black humour about most of modern politics and many aspects of modern society - especially anything remotely right wing. The first half of the show ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Julian Fellowes Music &Lyrics: George Stiles &Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: John Roberts There is something endearing about Kenneth Grahame’s story of friendship and survival among the animals of the woodland. It’s appeal never seems to weaken as new generations are introduced to the tales of Mole, Ratty, Badger and the eponymous Mr Toad. So it was no ...

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946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips – Home, Manchester

 Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Mel Duncan Hidden stories and those long forgotten can be the beginnings of magical theatre which teach one to probe deeper into the world around them.  Given that Slapton Sands, the village depicted in Michael Morpurgo’s much-loved book sits in such proximity to Kneehigh’s creative stomping ground, this would be a natural choice of ...

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Stick Man – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Julia Donaldson Adaptor: Scamp Theatre Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Emma Boswell Anybody with children under the age of five will be very familiar with the work of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, ranging from The Gruffalo through to The Smartest Giant in Town. The duo’s books are brimming with humanity and warmth and Stick Man, which tells the tale ...

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French Without Tears – Oldham Coliseum

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Paul Miller Reviewer: Donna Kelly When Terence Rattigan’s play French Without Tears first made its debut in London in 1936, critics hailed it as ‘gay, witty and thoroughly contemporary’. 80 years later, the sparkling comedy still continues to entertain audiences with a fresh and lively revival by Paul Miller. French Without Tears tells the story of ...

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