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Ashes – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Ashes at Bolton Octagon 2017

Writer: David Rudkin Director: David Thacker Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen The Octagon Theatre’s latest offering of Ashes is an eclectic piece of poetic theatre, which is at one both powerful and testing. Following a couple’s journey, as they struggle to conceive despite all the best medical attention, this is an intimate and raw piece of storytelling that tugs at the heartstrings ...

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Iain Stirling: Onwards! – The Lowry, Salford

Writer and performer: Iain Stirling Reviewer: Dave Cunningham You used to know what to expect with generational comedy: an old bloke who’d been through the great depression and the two World Wars complaining that the young folks had it easy. Now we do not need the old bloke as, in Onwards!, Millennial Iain Stirling is willing to criticise his own ...

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Dance: Sampled – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The idea of Dance: Sampled originated a decade ago at Sadler’s Wells. The idea to present a diverse programme of short, distinct works in different styles in order to diversify and broaden dance audience: now being rolled out nationally by The Movement - a new partnership between Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry and Birmingham Hippodrome. As six of ...

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Eric Carle Director: Jonathan Rockefeller Reviewer: Clare Howdon Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is currently on tour and myself and my young companions (aged 5 and 2) had the pleasure of seeing it at The Lowry Theatre in Salford.  The show, which runs at just under an hour, brings Carle’s timeless classic ...

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Fiddler on the Roof – Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool

Book: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Tate James The Everyman Theatre is now home to the 14 actors of the new Everyman Company, who are breaking tradition at the prestigious venue with a musical offering in the form of a new production of Fiddler on the Roof. It seems an alarmingly relevant choice for ...

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Funny Girl – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Funny Girl is the (mostly) true story of the rise and first marriage of Broadway Vaudeville (and later film) star Fanny Brice. The musical dates from 1964, and its star Barbra Streisand went on to recreate the role in the Oscar-winning ...

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Rory Bremner: Partly Political – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It seems odd these days that most stand-up comedians have to introduce themselves before arriving on stage: so when the announcer heralds Rory Bremner’s imminent entrance in a broad northern accent, you would be forgiven for thinking“wow Bremner is pushing the boat out tonight”, but then you realize it’s Bremner himself and a timely reminder at just ...

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The Twits – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Max Webster Reviewer: John Roberts Following on from their colourful and entertaining production of Roald Dahl's The Witches,  Leicester's Curve theatre alongside Kingston's Rose Theatre have joined forces to present this hideously grotesque, yet highly enjoyable tour of Dahl's deliciously disgusting duo. Under the direction of Max Webster, Dahl's dark tale is brought vividly ...

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