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Flashdance: The Musical  – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Tom Hedley Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Lauren Maughan Get your leotards and legwarmers at the ready because you’re about to be transported back to the 1980s with Flashdance - The Musical. This feel-good extravaganza will have you dancing in the aisles and signing along to songs that make you smile. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to an ...

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The Kitchen Sink, the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Writer:  Tom Wells Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Richard Hall Following the success of his debut production, Jumpers for Goalposts, the Coliseum’s Associate Director, Chris Lawson, closes the theatre’s winter season with another of Tom Wells’ award-winning plays The Kitchen Sink. Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for most promising playwright in 2011 and the George Devine Award in 2012, The ...

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201 Dance Company: SKIN –Waterside, Sale

Direction & Choreography: Andrea Walker Composer: Norvydas Genys Reviewer: Peter Jacobs 201 Dance Company’s latest production SKIN is presented as part of Queer Contact Festival, celebrating LGBT arts and culture in Greater Manchester. As Contact itself is closed for major refurbishment this year’s Queer Contact – and the rest of their 2018 programme – has been redistributed to other venues ...

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Jersey Boys – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Director: Das McAnuff Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Oh What a Night! This week it really feels like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons have arrived at the Regent Theatre in Stoke. Telling the story of this legendary group, Jerseys Boys follows the lives of Frankie, Nick, Tommy and Bob ...

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A Passage To India – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer:  E.M. Forster Adaptor:  Simon Dormandy Directors: Sebastian Armesto & Simon Dormandy Reviewer: Daryl Holden A Passage To India tries to accomplish a lot in its run time. Set in India under British occupation before the First World War, it covers topics such as racism, acceptance, love, loss, false accusations, death, togetherness and prejudice to name but a few. Therefore, ...

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Dancing Bear – Palace Theatre, Manchester 

Writer: Beccy Owen Direction: Jamie Fletcher Original Music: Ric Neale, Beccy Owen & Jamie Fletcher Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Dancing Bear is a new musical commissioned by Contact and presented as part of Queer Contact Festival, celebrating LGBT arts and culture in Greater Manchester. As Contact’s building is closed for major refurbishment this year’s Queer Contact – and the rest of ...

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Strangers on a Train – Opera House, Manchester

two men talking at a bar

Writer: Patricia Highsmith Adaptor: Craig Warner Director: Antony Banks Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The play opens with a somewhat distorted projection of the American flag, which soon fades leaving just the blood red stripes: it’s a vision that draws you in from the get-go.  Strangers on a Train is that all too familiar of tales that sees the American dream turn ...

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Ahir Shah: Control – The Lowry, Salford.

Reviewer: Paul Maguire Ahir Shah is a comedian on an upward trajectory. This show, Control , was nominated for The Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly known as The Perrier Award) at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. He has been described as ‘One of his generation’s most eloquent comedy voices’. He refers to himself as a philosophical stand-up comedian and is ...

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