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Tom Stade – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Paul Downham Fresh from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Tom Stade arrives at The Lowry for the first of two sold out performances with his rock n roll style comedy. Canadian, Stade, who now lives in Edinburgh made a dramatic entrance with rock music blaring throughout the auditorium complete with Vodka and Coke in hand. The entire set revolves around ...

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Ugly Duck- The New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer/Director: Deborah McAndrew Reviewer: Matthew Jackson A local play for local people, that sums up Deborah McAndrew’s new production in 6 words. Set in an old Potteries in Burslem, Stoke on Trent. Ugly Duck invites the audience to look into the life of Kat - a young amateur artist, who decides she wants to paint a new canvas portrait of ...

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Steve Knightly: Grow Your Own Gig – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Singer/composer Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Steve Beer comprise folk duo ‘Show of Hands’. Tonight, however, Knightley performs solo. There are many reasons why established acts take the solo route- musical differences or even the urge to compose a jazz odyssey. Knightley seems motivated by the wish to get back to basics and form an intimate connection with ...

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RENT – Lancaster Grand Theatre, Lancaster

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Glen Hanmer and Bryan Wood Reviewer: Paul Jones Based on Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent is a rock opera about artists, activists, aids sufferers and addicts in 90’s New York. Struggling to make ends-meat and find their identities, they battle against corporations, against illness, against addiction and at times against themselves. Rent is a ...

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War Horse – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott &Tom Morris Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Sometimes it seems that our hearts and minds cannot handle or contemplate human suffering and loss on such a momentous scale as occurred in the world wars. Yet if we focus on one story or relationship within the tangled web of the past we can engaged ...

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One Man, Two Guvnors – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Richard Bean Music: Grant Olding Original Director: Nicholas Hytner Tour Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: John Roberts No one could have imagined when One Man, Two Guvnors premiered at The National Theatre in May 2011 what an international smash-hit it would come to be. Over the past 3 years the show has played all over the world including Broadway and ...

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West Side Story – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director and Choreographer: Joey McKneely Original choreography by Jerome Robbins Reviewer: Abbie Rippon When first produced in the 1950’s, West Side Story was seen as innovative, ‘setting a new template for the modern musical.’ Based on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story brought this tale of star crossed ...

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One Man Two Guvnors- The Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Writer: Richard Bean Original Director: Nicholas Hytner Tour Director: Adam Penford Reviewer: Matthew Jackson Arguably the National Theatre’s most successful production, One Man Two Guvnors is now on its 3rd tour around the UK. Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, this production takes the audience on a whirlwind few days through the life of Francis Henshall ...

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