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Flexer & Sandiland: Disappearing Acts – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Yael Flexer and the dancers Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Flexer & Sandiland is the seemingly-unusual collaboration between award-winning choreographer Yael Flexer and digital artist Nic Sandiland. Their work centres on ‘the generating of a sense of intimacy in live performance and digital installation, in a way which acknowledges the physicality and presence of the viewer’. Disappearing Acts considers ideas of ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard The green carpet has been rolled out in Manchester and invites you to join them at Mushnik’s florist shop down on Skid Row where Mr Mushnik (Paul Kissaun) is struggling to make ends meet.  With two employees to pay Seymour (Sam Lupton) and Audrey (Stephanie ...

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The Full Monty – Opera House, Manchester

2016 UK Tour of The Full Monty

Writer: Simon Beaufoy Director: Jack Ryder Reviewer: Iain Sykes Well, whatever the well known song says, you really do have to take your hat off to the six brave actors baring all in front of a few thousand (mainly female) screaming theatregoers. For this is no ordinary play. This is The Full Monty. The stage version of the hit 1997 ...

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Angelos and Barry: The Power Generation – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Comedians Alex Lowe and Daniel Skinner have separately appeared in some of Britain’s best, and much loved television comedies. Lowe having appeared in The Fast Show and Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights, while Skinner has done guest slots in The Office Christmas specials and The Armstrong and Miller Show, it would be fair to say these two have ...

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Maximum Rhythm and Blues – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt For an evening of nostalgic 60s music and authentic rhythm and blues featuring The Manfreds, PP Arnold and Zoot Money, the Maximum Rhythm and Blues Tour is a gig not to be missed.  It’s incredible to think that many of the outstanding artists featured in this production first burst onto the music scene in the early 60s, ...

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Jeremy Hardy – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Jeremy Hardy takes to the Lowry stage dressed in black shirt, black trousers and a pair of black trainers. “I’m Johnny Cash, ” he announces. Instead, he is a man in a black humour about most of modern politics and many aspects of modern society - especially anything remotely right wing. The first half of the show ...

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The Wind in the Willows – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Julian Fellowes Music & Lyrics: George Stiles & Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: John Roberts There is something endearing about Kenneth Grahame’s story of friendship and survival among the animals of the woodland. It’s appeal never seems to weaken as new generations are introduced to the tales of Mole, Ratty, Badger and the eponymous Mr Toad. So it ...

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946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips – Home, Manchester

 Writer: Michael Morpurgo Director: Emma Rice Reviewer: Mel Duncan Hidden stories and those long forgotten can be the beginnings of magical theatre which teach one to probe deeper into the world around them.  Given that Slapton Sands, the village depicted in Michael Morpurgo’s much-loved book sits in such proximity to Kneehigh’s creative stomping ground, this would be a natural choice of ...

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