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War Horse – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Reviewer: John Roberts Almost 10 years to the day, War Horse gained its first preview at the National Theatre in London, however, the production almost never happened.  The then artistic director of the National Theatre couldn’t see how an adaptation of a children’s book about a horse in ...

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Little Women – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book:  Alan Knee Lyrics: Mindi Dickstein Music: Jason Howland Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Richard Hall In less than two years, Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre has become a byword for high quality, accessible, musical theatre. At the heart of the venue’s runaway success are its owners Joseph Houston and Willian Whelton. The dynamic duo has deservedly received widespread acclaim for the ...

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Medusa – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Tim Cunningham and Rod Beale Writer: Helen Mort Director: James Beale Reviewer: Jo Beggs It’s been told many times, but Proper Job’s Medusa re-tells the Greek myth from a contemporary perspective which focuses on what, in some cases, has been merely her backstory. The beautiful and rather reckless sixteen-year-old Medusa has a bit of a reputation. One night at ...

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Trainspotting – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

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Writer: Irvine Welsh Adapter: Harry Gibson Director: Gareth Nicholls Reviewer: Dominic Corr The iconography of Scotland is divided in twain, on one side: Brigadoon, Local Hero and Brave. The folk, historic, mythical and the fantastic. On the other side the gut-wrenchingly visceral realism of Trainspotting. In this, Irvine Welsh birthed something which harps more with Scottish culture than tattie scones, ...

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People, Places & Things – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Duncan Macmillan Director: Jeremy Herrin and Holly Race Roughan Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The biggest dangers to a recovering addict are the People, Places & Things. This is according to writer Duncan Macmillan’s play. Our friends, family, environment and circumstances can have a massive impact on someone struggling with their inner-demons and set them on a course of action they ...

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Tango Moderno – Milton Keynes Theatre

Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Maggie Constable Fleckerl away to Milton Keynes Theatre this week where you will be invited to share an evening with the wonderful Flavia Cacace who, with Leonel Di Cocco and Pasquale La Rocca, performs the effervescent Tango Moderno, choreographed by none other than ex-Strictly dancer Karen Bruce along with Flavia and Vincent Simone (Vincent cannot appear ...

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Elf – The Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin Music / Lyrics: Matthew Sklar / Chad Beguelin Reviewer: Helen Tope Elf - The Musical tells the story of Buddy, a larger-than-life elf working in Santa’s workshop in the North Pole. When Buddy accidentally learns of his true identity, he goes to New York to find his biological father. Not even bothering to change ...

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Fourteen Days – Northcott Theatre, Exeter

Music: Scott Walker, Joby Talbot, Keaton Henson, Charlotte Harding and Armand Amar Choreography: Javier De Frutos, Ivan Perez, Christopher Wheeldon, Craig Revel Horwood and Russell Maliphant Reviewer: Emma Pritchard When it comes to ballet, the word you’d typically use to describe those involved is a troupe. But for the Balletboyz, the term band seems far more fitting. Why? Because here ...

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