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Frank Wildhorn & Friends – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Frank Wildhorn Musical Director: Jason Howland Reviewer: May Mellstrom An impressive array of global, national and local talent combines at the Palace Theatre to showcase the work of American composer Frank Wildhorn; the Grammy and Tony Award nominee responsible for a number of Broadway musicals, most notably 1990 hit Jekyll &Hyde. The man himself proves an eminently likeable host ...

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English National Ballet: Nutcracker – Liverpool Empire

Shiori Kase and Cesar Corrales in English National Ballet's Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo Photography

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Wayne Eagling Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin  Few things feel as gloriously festive as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and inside the Empire is the perfect sumptuous treat waiting to launch us into the holiday season. The stage has been transformed into a resplendent Edwardian backdrop where ice-skaters effortlessly glide across the icy scene. It’s Christmas eve and we join ...

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Company Chameleon: Witness – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Kevin Edward Turner and Anthony Missen Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Company Chameleon - now only one year from celebrating their tenth anniversary - are one of the UK’s leading independent dance companies: they are Manchester’s very own leading dance company. Their latest show, now ending a short tour at The Lowry, is Witness – a double bill of Words Unspoken ...

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James Acaster: Reset – The Lowry, Salford

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Reviewer: Matt Forrest There seems to be a continuing thread linking Kettering’s favourite son’s stand-up shows: in 2014 he was an undercover cop, in 2015 he was on jury service, and this year he’s joining the witness protection scheme and looking for a fresh start in life and the chance to follow his dream of building wells in Kenya. The ...

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The Snow Queen – New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson Adaptor &Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The Snow Queen is a fitting offering from the New Vic as the festive season begins to bite.  It is a play that encapsulates the iciness of the temperatures outside but within is the warmth of a story based on hope. The Snow Queen was written by Hans Christian ...

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Lucy Porter: Consequences – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest  Lucy Porter brings her Consequences show to The Lowry and bounds on to stage armed with a bottle of port and Bon Bons: a little gift for regulars to her shows and a little something for those first timers. The show’s essence is a look at a problem we all have to face sooner or later: the ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Chichester Festival Theatre enjoys a brief residency in Manchester before moving to the West End. It's paired with Love’s Labour’s Lost, sharing cast and creatives, as well as set and period setting. But while the fading Edwardian era is common to both ...

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Tmesis Theatre: Happy Hour – The Lowry, Salford

Text: Chris Fittock Director: Elinor Randle Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Tmesis Theatre is one of the UK’s most innovative physical theatre companies. The company was founded in 2003 by Kate Cave, Yorgos Karamalegos and Elinor Randle; it was run by Karamalegos and Randle from 2005-2010, when Karamalegos relocated to London. The company is now led by Artistic Director, Elinor Randle. The ...

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