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Legally Blonde – Liverpool Empire

Music & Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: John Roberts  Legally Blonde is currently on week 40 of its current UK tour being produced by UK Productions. Overall this is a highly enjoyable and energetic version under the direction of Anthony Williams, which has plenty of original touches that separate it from past versions. It does, however, ...

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Summer Holiday – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Stage Adapters: Michael Gyngell & Mark Haddigan Directors: Elizabeth Newman & Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Jay Nuttall After weeks of commuter hell in the north of England, it was a pleasure to see a crowd of people with beaming smiles desperate to board public transport at Bolton's new travel interchange. The OctagonTheatre's production of Summer Holiday may not take us beyond Bolton's ...

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Shappi Khorsandi: Mistress and Misfit – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The life of Emma Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson, seems an unlikely topic around which to build a stand-up show. But then Shappi Khorsandi’s personality does not seem best suited to academic research and neutral presentation.  Khorsandi presents herself, and may actually be, a bit scatter-brained. Efforts to build a rapport with the audience are hindered by ...

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Toast – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Nigel Slater Adaptor: Henry Filloux-Bennet Director: Jonnie Riordan Reviewer: Matthew Forrest Over the last couple of weeks The Lowry has been hosting the unique cultural extravaganza Week 53.As the festival draws to a close, they have one last tasty morsel for our delectation: The world premiere of the stage adaptation of Nigel Slater’s memoirs, Toast. This is a classic ...

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A Little Princess – Royal Festival Hall, London

Book and Lyrics: Brian Crawley Music: Andrew Lippa Director: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Scott Matthewman France Hodgson Burnett’s novel A Little Princess may not be as popular as The Secret Garden but remains on many lists of classic children’s novels. Its tale of a kind-hearted rich girl at boarding school who is forced into servitude when her father dies having lost his entire ...

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Fuse: Dökk – The Lowry, Salford

Concept: Mattia Carretti Choreography: Elena Annovi Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Dökk is the Icelandic word for darkness. Dökkis a digital and physical journey through the subconscious mind, exploring the balance between darkness and light, playing with perceptions of space and time and is presented as part of The Lowry’s welcomely-diverse Week 53 Festival. The show contains three key elements: kinetically-responsive front ...

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Appropriate Adult – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Appropriate Adult is a show for grown-ups.  This is not simply because Kiri Pritchard Mclean’s script is highly profane and occasionally features coarse expressions but rather that it is beautifully constructed and gradually builds to cover themes of class consciousness and social responsibility in a manner that is thought-provoking without ever detracting from the comedy. Kiri Pritchard Mclean ...

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A Taste of Honey – Oldham Coliseum

Writer:  Shelagh Delaney Director:  Chris Lawson Reviewer: Richard Hall Written when she was only 18, Shelagh Delaney’s, A Taste of Honey, has been credited as being one of the first kitchen sink dramas of the Twentieth Century. It is claimed that Delaney wrote it in response to seeing a play by Terrence Rattigan and wanted to rid the stage of ...

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