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Mitch Benn is the 37th Beatle – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Some people deny Shakespeare wrote the plays published in his name. Similarly others find it hard to accept that a quartet of Scousers managed to change popular music in such a fundamental manner that it could actually be regarded as a credible art form. The latter deniers ascribe the success of The Beatles to people from outside ...

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Simon Evans: Leashed – The Lowry, Salford

Written and performed by Simon Evans Reviewer: Dave Cunningham There is a sinister edge to the comedy of Simon Evans. This is partly due to his voice having an uncanny resemblance to the occasionally disturbing tone of the late Leonard Rossiter. Mainly, however, it can be attributed to the inability of Evans to share society’s conventional approach to subjects such ...

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ABC ft. Southbank Sinfonia – The Lowry, Salford

Conductor: Anne Dudley Reviewer: Paul Downham In the early 1980s a new pop group known as ABC burst onto the pop scene and their first album shot to number one in the charts. Today the only surviving member of the group, Martin Fry, has finally come home to his birthplace, Salford. This is, however, is no ordinary gig. Martin and ...

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Torvill & Dean’s Dancing on Ice: The Final Tour – Phones 4U Arena, Manchester

Choreography: Jayne Torvill &Christopher Dean Creative Director: Glenn Coomber Reviewer: John Roberts Ten year’s ago Olympic gold medalists Torvill and Dean created a new prime-time TV show that merged the splendor and sophistication of Strictly Come Dancing with the thrilling and defying agility of Ice Skating and thus Dancing on Ice was born. Watched by millions of people each week, ...

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Richard Herring, We’re All Going To Die – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Richard Herring Reviewer: Laura Orton We are all going to die. Fact. Death is one of life's very few guarantees. And it is always approached as such a sombre and dower subject. This is why Richard Herring's latest stand-up show is such a special gem. He breathes life into the depressing subject, making it hilariously funny, pointing out the ...

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Peter Pan on Ice – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writer: JM Barrie Choreographer:Giuseppe Arena Composer:Silvio Amato Reviewer: Paul Downham There have been a number of different productions of Peter Pan in the various theatres of Manchester over the past few years however, this example featuring the Russian All Stars is unlike all before. Take the iconic story of Peter Pan; add huge amounts of sparkle and then put the ...

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Andrew Lawrence – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Andrew Lawrence walks a fine line in this ninety minutes of stand-up that celebrates the gloomier side of life. He’s not fond of touring to out of the way corners of the country he tells us, he’s messed up by his Catholic upbringing, he doesn’t believe in love, in the glass half full / half empty debate ...

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Goldfrapp – The Lowry, Salford


Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Goldfrapp are doing a fine job of negotiating the fine line between commercial success and artistic credibility. After six studio albums and a best of collection, festival performances - including a highly regarded appearance at the 2013 Manchester International Festival - and Alison Goldfrapp’s recent stint as inaugural curator of The Lowry’s new Performer as Curator exhibition ...

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