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Shrek the Musical – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Book & Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: May Mellstrom In 2001 DreamWorks introduced a generation to Scottish ogre Shrek and in doing so spawned a franchise; including four films, a spin-off and this stage musical, which having played Broadway and the West End now embarks on a second UK tour.   With a book by ...

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War Horse- The Lowry, Salford.

Writer: Michael Morpurgo. Adaptor: Nick Stafford Directors: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Reviewer: Daryl Holden What’s to be said about War Horse that hasn’t already been said elsewhere? One could spend quite a lot of time trying to nit-pick the show and still find nothing wrong with it. There’s a reason this production has received the critical acclaim it now enjoys. ...

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History, History History – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Deborah Pearson Reviewer: Matthew Forrest Take a controversial 1950’s film about football, a failed uprising against the ruling communist state, and an actor who loses his voice and add into the mix a granddaughter seeking the truth. This may sound like the plot to a Hollywood Oscar hopeful, but it isn’t: this is real life and this the basis ...

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The Nature of Forgetting – The Lowry, Salford

Director: Guillaume Pigé Reviewer: Jo Beggs Tom has early onset dementia. It’s his birthday and his daughter struggles to get him in a jacket and tie for the arrival of his friends and family. Tom can’t remember which jacket she told him to put on two minutes ago, but he can remember plenty of other things – his school days, ...

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Swallows and Amazons – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Arthur Ransome Adaptor: Bryony Lavery Director: Katie Posner Reviewer: Jo Beggs Just over a year after opening, Chester’s Storyhouse delivers its second fast-paced version of a classic children’s novel. Last Christmas saw Enid Blyton’sThe Secret Sevendeftly brought to the stage by Storyhouse Director Alex Clifton, and we get another helping of good clean fun in this perfectly pitched summer ...

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Northern Ballet: Jane Eyre – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Cathy Marston Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 novel Jane Eyre is a game-changing work of literature, introducing character-based internalisation of the action previously largely the domain of poetry, and creating faction that explored social realism and critique, sexuality, religion and proto-feminism. It was a novel that redefined the possibilities of fiction in a way that makes it still relevant ...

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Legally Blonde – Liverpool Empire

Music & Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: John Roberts  Legally Blonde is currently on week 40 of its current UK tour being produced by UK Productions. Overall this is a highly enjoyable and energetic version under the direction of Anthony Williams, which has plenty of original touches that separate it from past versions. It does, however, ...

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