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Dracula – Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Writer: Bram Stoker Adaptor: Liz Lochhead Director: Mary Papadima Reviewer: Hannah Piercy Bram Stoker’s Dracula: the classic vampire novel, complete with stakes, garlic, moonlight, wolves, lonely castles and innocent women. But this production is never in danger of drowning in pantomime fear and overwrought tension. Liz Lochhead’s adaptation instead cleverly laughs at itself, double meanings (“the neighbours are a bit ...

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Sister Act – Arts Centre, Aberystwyth

Writer: Joseph Howard Additional Book Material: Douglas Carter Beane Director: Anthony Williams Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Reviewer: Paul Downham   Aberystwyth Arts Centre has been turned into a Nunnery for the summer with the arrival of hit musical comedy Sister Act. From its beginnings in California in 2006, Sister Act has gone on to be performed around the ...

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Bouncers – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: John Godber Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Bouncers as writer John Godber plainly puts it ‘... is about working-class Britons. It is both a warning and a celebration.’ Possibly the most famous of Godber’s plays, this evening at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre does feel like a celebration. The lively audience is happily entertained by the ‘midnight circus’ unfolding ...

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The Dumb Waiter – King’s Arms Theatre, Salford

Writer: Harold Pinter Director: Piers Black-Hawkins Reviewer: Brian Gorman Ransack Theatre debuted this wonderful production of Pinter’s classic comedy of menace, The Dumb Waiter, in the newly-opened Lucy Davis Vaults deep in the cellar of Salford’s King’s Arms pub. A superb one act play with a single set (the basement of a house), and two actors, and a typical Pinter ...

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Rock of Ages – Liverpool Empire

Book: Chris D’Arienzo Director: Kristin Hanggi Reviewer: Francesca Parker The musical sensation Rock of Ages, is causing a stir at the Liverpool Empire this week. The award-winning, smash-hit production transports the audience back to The Bourbon Room in the late 80’s on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles when sex, drugs, and rocking out were something of the norm. Although Rock ...

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Hardwired – The Swan, Dobcross

Writer/Director: John FK Hoyle Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Hardwired invites you to enter the world of the internet and look closely at its potential to be used for a more sinister purpose than simply shopping or being a voyeur via social media. Lucy is in her last year at school when she gets back in touch with Harvey who used to ...

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80 Days Around the World – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Jay Nuttall There's been something rather special happening at The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme over the last few years. Under the artistic directorship of Theresa Heskins an in house style of no nonsense, no frills ensemble theatre has developed. Last year their production of 80 Days Around the World ...

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A History of Falling Things – The New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: James Graham Director: Emma Lucia Reviewer: Matthew Jackson A History of Falling Things centres on two lovers that are both brought together, and also separated by Keraunothnetophobia – the fear of falling satellites (This is not Romeo and Juliet). But James Graham uses fear to show more than just that. The play is structured around two young lovers Robin ...

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