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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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Shark in the Park – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Nick Sharrat Director: Bruce Strachan and Julie Ellen  Reviewer: Clare Howdon Directors Bruce Strachan, of Hairy Maclary adapters Nonsense Room, and Julie Ellen, the artistic director of Macrobert Arts Centre have done a splendid job of adapting Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park series. Shark in the Park centres on young boy Timothy Pope who is looking through his ...

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Brit Floyd: The Immersion Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Andrea Allen It’s a sell-out show for Brit Floyd at The Lowry, and the building is teeming with fans sporting Dark Side of the Moon t-shirts ready to sing along to chant along to Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the Wall. From the buzz of anticipation at the Lowry you’d think Pink Floyd themselves were headlining. Brit Floyd ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Liverpool Empire

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Music:  Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: John Roberts Originally a film vehicle for Oscar Award-winning Julie Andrews in 1967, this stage version was bound for Broadway in 2002 with a new book by Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan and music from Jeanine Tesori - that season the show won ...

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Andy Zaltzman: Plan Z – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest It would be fair to say that 2016 will be remembered as one of the most tumultuous years in British and World politics and one that was remembered less fondly by the audience of the Studio theatre. A quick survey by our host Andy Zaltzman is pretty unanimous that 2016 was pretty rubbish for all concerned. However ...

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Fairport Convention 50th Anniversary Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Fairport Convention marks their 50th Anniversary with a new album: 50:50 @50 comprising half live favorites and half new studio recordings. The new album shapes the set list for, and approach to, their 50th Anniversary Tour in a number of ways. The album is plugged shamelessly tonight. Surprisingly, rather than being in the folk tradition of storytelling, ...

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The Ugly Duckling – The Lowry, Salford.

Writer: Hans Christian Andersen Adaptors: Rafe Beckley, Jo Wickham and Nicky Diss Director: Nicky Diss Music and Composition: Jen Hazel Reviewer: Sam Lowe Thick as Thieves company and Red Table Theatre definitely understand how to devise theatre for children. The company has adapted four famous fables written by Hans Christian Anderson for the stage, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Thumbelina, The Nightingale, ...

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