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Othello – Gulliver’s, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Michael Whittaker Reviewer: Brian Gorman Billed as the first production of Othello to be set in a football club, Manchester-based Lass Productions’ latest effort gives a nice new spin on this classic tale of interracial love destroyed by the ‘green-eyed monster’. Venezia FC have a new manager in the charismatic and passionate Othello (George Oluyinka), but ...

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AoD: Helen – The Lowry, Salford

Co-devised by Tamsin Shasha and Jonathan Young Director: Jonathan Young Reviewer: Peter Jacobs AoD (Actors of Dionysus) was founded in 1993 to put modern flesh on the bones of ancient Greek drama. Helen is their take on the story of Helen of Troy and reimagines her within a modern political conflict setting. Helen’s story trails away after her return from ...

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April in Paris – Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

Writer/Director: John Godber Reviewer: John Roberts As one of the UK’s most performed playwright’s John Godber certainly has a reputation as a voice of the working classes – whether that’s the retired coal miner, the bouncer of the cocktail waitress he manages to find an angle that resonates with the majority and makes him and his productions increasingly popular. With ...

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War Horse – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Original Music: Adrian Sutton Songmaker: John Tams Director :Alex Sims Reviewer: Mel Duncan Earning a well deserved reputation as a must-see piece of theatre, and having allowed over 5 million individuals the privilege of the experience (half of the number of the fighting force lost worldwide in the conflict depicted), WarHorse is a prolific ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Beauty and the Beast – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Glenn Buhr Choreography: David Bintley Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s revival of Beauty and the Beast is an emotionally and physically dark production yet one in which the magic and charm of the piece manages to shine through. A merchant (Michael O’Hare) stranded in a deep wood takes refuge in an apparently derelict castle in which he ...

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Puttin’ on the Ritz – Manchester Opera House

Producer/Director David King Choreographer: Emma Rogers Reviewer:- Stephanie Rowe Taking you back in time to the golden age of Hollywood and the dances of Fred Astaire, the American production of Puttin' on the Ritz has hit the UK stage. This nostalgic journey has all the glamour and glitz one would expect and it is delivered with pizzazz. With music from ...

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Not I / Footfalls / Rockaby – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Samuel Beckett Director: Walter Asmus Reviewer: Jo Beggs   In the 1970s, already in his mid sixties, Samuel Beckett really began to achieve the minimalism he’d strived for throughout his career. As aging and self-imposed isolation began to directly inform his writing, he started to create increasingly compact, and increasingly absurd, performance pieces. Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby are ...

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Ghosts- The New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: Richard Eyre Director: Abbey Wright Reviewer: Matthew Jackson Adultery, religious rebellion and a secret love child: you can see why this is arguably Isben’s most controversial play. Years after Captain Alving died, his son Oswald returns home to see his mother in their family home just a day before a new orphanage is opened in his ...

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