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Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl – The Lowry, Salford.

Based on the story by: Hans Christian Andersen Choreographer: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent This month The Lowry has an exciting range of dance performancess. Alongside Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl (performed in the Quays Theatre) they have the National Ballet of China's Peony Pavilion on their Lyric stage (both performances are heading down to Sadlers Wells next month). ...

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Cinderella – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Mike Kenny Additional Lyrics: Ivan Stott Music: Rob Hiley Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Marie Smith Cinderella is an entertaining and animated production from award-winning children’s writer, Mike Kenny. It tells the story of Cinders, her wicked stepmother and ugly sisters but in a unique way with lots of ridiculously funny moments and a really lively cast. This version of ...

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The National Ballet of China: The Peony Pavilion – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Feng Ying Choreography: Fei Bo Composer: Guo Wenjing Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The National Ballet of China was founded in 1959. The company is built on Russian foundations but has continued to enrich this with different schools and styles. The company’s repertoire includes Western ballet classics, as well as original fascinating–sounding creations: The Red Detachment of Women, The New ...

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Love’s Labour’s Lost – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Chichester Festival Theatre enjoys a brief residency in Manchester before wending its way West End-wards. It is paired with Much Ado About Nothing, sharing cast and creatives, as well as set and period setting. But while the fading Edwardian era is common ...

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Ghosts – Home, Manchester

Niamh Cussak leads the cast in Ghosts

Writer: Henrik Ibsen Adaptor: David Watson Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Richard Hall Henrik Ibsen belongs to a small group of influential late 19th Century writers, including Strindberg and George Bernard Shaw, who are credited with creating the so called, "problem play". The plays written during this period and well into the beginning of the 20th Century highlighted social issues and ...

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When We Are Married – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: J.B.Priestley Director: Barrie Rutter Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin Northern Broadsides really live up to the sound of their name with this full-blooded offering of J.B. Priestley’s classic play set in the region. His cleverly crafted comic script effortlessly allows the characters to present their foibles, and their good points, as they face a dilemma which could so easily puncture their ...

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Scouse: A Comedy of Terrors – Grand Central Hall, Liverpool

Writer: Andrew Cullen Director: Margaret Connell and Mike Noble Reviewer: Tate James In light of recent word events (The Scottish Referendum, Brexit and the American election to name a few), as a nation, we have never been more politically active. Those who would usually have taken no interest in elections, voting and government are standing up to have their vote ...

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Jamie Raven – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Losing out to a three-legged dog in what is essentially a seaside talent show that just happens to be broadcast on television. That’s the story of Jamie Raven: a magician and illusionist who wowed audiences in the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent, only to be gazumped in the final by Matisse the Dog, whose owner rather ...

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