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Josh Widdicombe: Incidentally – Oxford Playhouse

Writer: Josh Widdicombe Reviewer: Fergus Morgan Josh Widdicombe has no pretensions to comedic grandeur. He shuns political satire, eschews social commentary and abstains from using the polished one-liner, instead favouring a comfortable brand of astute observational humour. ‘Michael Gove is a f***** d***’, he remarks early in his show, then reassures the audience: ‘Don’t worry, that’s as high-brow as it’s ...

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Miles Jupp – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham Miles Jupp began his 2 hour show at The Lowry by thanking the capacity audience for making the effort to come out and watch him on a Bank Holiday Monday. On his first tour since 2012 Miles is very much at home on the stage, his confidence immediately puts you as an audience at ease. As his ...

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They Call Me Q – St. Luke’s Theatre, New York

Writer: Qurrat Ann Kadwani Director: Obaid Kadwani &Claudia Gaspar Reviewer: Jonathan Alexandratos “The intention is not to make a Xerox of my life,” said Sam Shepard when asked about how much of his personal life would be in his play The Late Henry Moss. One-person shows so often veer into the realm of a photocopy that they’d be wise to ...

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Jimmy Carr: Funny Business – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Jones Jimmy Carr has been described as "the hardest working man in comedy", no stranger to comedy panel shows whether he's fronting his own 8 out of 10 cats, or appearing on A League of Their Own. Carr's act is primarily "posh man says crude things" and as simple as this sounds, his stand up tours over the ...

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Weighing In – Civic Theatre, Dublin

Director: Caroline Fitzgerald Writer: Ger Gallagher Reviewer: Ciara Murphy Weighing In is the bolshie new comedy by Ger Gallagher and presented by Cailín Deas Productions. Loud, funny and a triumph with its audience, anyone who has ever been to a Weight Watchers meeting will feel an immediate sense of familiarity (and dread) with the first mention of points, calorie calculators ...

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Swan Lake – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Adaptation &Choreography: Matthew Bourne Reviewer: Barbara Michaels It is not often that an entire audience rises to its feet in rapturous and unrestrained applause almost before the curtain is down. That is what happened on the opening night at Bristol Hippodrome of this production of Swan Lake. This most well-known and well-loved of all classical ballets ...

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Annie – The Grand Opera House, York

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Robert Readman Musical Director: Adam Tomlinson Choreographer: Lesley Hill Reviewer: Rob Atkinson The popularity of Harold Gray's 1930s American comic strip "Little Orphan Annie", based on a 19th century poem of that name, was based partly on its solid "cute" appeal and partly on its frequently hard-hitting messages, encompassing topical ...

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Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London – The New Theatre, Dublin

Director: Lucy Skilbeck Writer: Alison Skilbeck Reviewer: Westley Barnes As the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens a worldview which she fought so fearlessly in creating, that of peace and international unity in the face of social upheaval, Eleanor Roosevelt, the “first Lady of The World”, recounts the most triumphal and testing moments of her life. Alison Skilbeck’s Eleanor is a captivating ...

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