Home / North West Reviewspage 197

North West Reviews

2018 New Year Advertising Deal

The Gondoliers – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Gilbert &Sullivan Director: Jeff Clarke Reviewer: Helen Jones Opera della Luna are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and so have put together their most ambitious production to date with this version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers. They have set up something called The Venetian Initiative, where they are performing the production with a different chorus at each ...

Read More »

The Lion King – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Music/Lyrics: Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Mark Mancina Book: Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi Director: Julie Taymor Reviewer : Iris Beaumont Roaring into its 15th year in the West End and currently on it’s first ever UK tour The Lion King takes pride and place for a eight week run at the Liverpool Empire. Having lost none of its ...

Read More »

Removed and Destroyed – The King’s Arms, Salford

Writer: Matthew Gabrielli Director: Karl Barnsley Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin The moral of this play is to be very careful where you leave your briefcase. Apart from that, morals are pretty thin on the ground in this tale of institutionalised terror and evil interrogation.Sadly the chief interrogator Fleming (David Garrett) never really loses enough of his good cop mood, even when ...

Read More »

Annie Get Your Gun – Opera House, Manchester

Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Original Book: Herbert Fields &Dorothy Fields New Book &Additional Material: Peter Stone Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace A true golden oldie, Annie Get Your Gun featuring a brilliant score by Irving Berlin first burst onto the stage in 1946, nearly seventy years ago. It proved to be a great hit both on Broadway and in ...

Read More »

Under Milk Wood – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Dylan Thomas Director: Terry Hands Reviewer: David Noble Under Milk Wood, Dylan Thomas’ wonderful ‘play for voices’, has always been the ultimate opportunity for a lilting Welsh orator to lithely glide through some of the most mellifluous script penned in the 20th Century – as indeed the initial BBC radio play featured Richard Burton. Step up Owen Teale, yes ...

Read More »

Michael Bolton in Concert – The Lowry Theatre, Salford

Reviewer : Steph Rowe With Grammy Awards coming out of his ears, nine number one hits and over 53 million records sold - Michael Bolton a little over 60 has no difficulty in getting the women and yes quite a lot of men screaming and shouting as he takes to the stage to perform in this tour to help promote ...

Read More »

Pinocchio – The Lowry, Salford

Writer:Carlo Collodi Adaptor: Michael Rosen Director: Sarah Brigham Reviewer: Clare Boswell Hiccup Theatre have joined forces with acclaimed writer for children Michael Rosen (We're Going on a Bear Hunt) to bring Carlo Collodi's classic Italian fairytale to life. The end result is a charming and energised production which endlessly entertains while also retaining the original moral messages regarding forgiveness and ...

Read More »

Ben Hart: The Outsider – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Ben Hart Director: Anthony Owen Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Illusionist Ben Hart goes to great lengths to prove that the title of his show, The Outsider, is apt. Although he employs the traditional magician’s props like playing cards and handkerchiefs his tricks are far from the norm. There is a surreal twist to many – he opens by conjuring from ...

Read More »