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Wonderland – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Steven Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd & Jack Murphy UK Adaptor: Robert Hudson Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Jack Murphy Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Sarah Holt Wonderland has hit UK stages at just the right time. In a country where news of elections and international unrest is hitting the headlines every day, there are more than a few people who wish they could jump ...

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Stephen Bailey: Nation’s Sweetheart – The Lowry, Salford

Stephen Bailey

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Stephen Bailey is on a quest to become the Nation’s Sweetheart, but how do you achieve such lofty heights? Well Bailey’s route to our hearts is through a series of male appendage jokes and a string of online dating faux pas:  well if a smorgasbord of ‘dick’ jokes were a measuring stick of our national treasures then ...

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Bubble Schmeisis – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Nick Cassenbaum Director: Danny Braverman Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Bubbemeises is Yiddish for a tall story or an old wives’ tales. To Schmeiss is Yiddish for the cleaning ritual of the baths. Hence Bubble Schmeisis – a show full of tall(ish) tales about the last authentic bath house in East London – the Canning Town Schvitz. Nick Cassenbaum is a ...

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Twelfth Night – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Andrea Allen                    “What country, friends is this?” It’s Illyria, so expect cross-dressing, mistaken identity, music, booze and a few cruel tricks, “nothing that is so, is so”.  As the lights dim, music that can be inadequately described as Eastern European Gypsy-punk envelopes the room, setting a tingling tone of faraway lands where all ...

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Mamma Mia –Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Music & Lyrics: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus Book: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd  Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Mamma Mia, the smash hit musical based on the songs of Abba, has become a firm favourite among musical theatre lovers – and one which continues to pack houses. This current touring production is vibrant, colourful and full of youthful energy with a ...

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The Story Giant – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Original Book: Brian Patten Adaptor: Lindsay Rodden Director: Matt Rutter Reviewer: Tate James The third installment of this year’s Everyman Rep Season is a magical journey of storytelling, as The Story Giant emerges into his tower and onto the stage. Once upon a time, four children enjoy a bedtime story before falling asleep in each of their four corners of ...

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Billy Ocean – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Lauren Maughan Picture the scene.  The sun is shining, the skies are blue and the music is upbeat and uplifting. No you’re not on a paradise island, but on night out with Billy Ocean. Ocean’s still got it. His smile is infectious, his dance moves make you want to jump out of your seats and the hits still sound as ...

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