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Relatively Speaking – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Jo Beggs During the seventies, barely a season in Britain’s regional theatres went by without the latest offering from Alan Ayckbourn. Ayckbourn’s plays offered an ideal balance of light comedy with just a touch of shock value, reflecting the profound moral changes of the age, and always eliciting plenty of scandalized laughter from ...

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Al Murray The Pub Landlord: Let’s Go Backwards Together – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Ever since Al Murray created The Pub Landlord back in 1994 at the Edinburgh Festival, the fictional publican has become known for his love of all things British. The bar-based-braveheart even ran against Nigel Farage for the parliamentary constituency of South Thanet last year as leader of the Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP), gaining an impressive 318 ...

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Ministry Of Science Live – The Lowry, Salford

Writer/Director: Mark Thompson Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Ministry of Science Live introduces the audience to key scientists and a vast number of noted academics, but this is far from a boring lecture or a school science lesson. This is a production that fizzes, splashes, sparks and explodes with exciting scientific experiments and more than a sprinkling of interesting scientific facts. Our ...

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Spine – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Clara Brennan Director: Bethany Pitts Reviewer: John Roberts Having won a Fringe First and Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2014, Clara Brennan’s thought provoking play Spine tours the UK and brings with it a message for young people who have become politically disenfranchised. A message for those who feel they have been forgotten, whose futures ...

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Henceforward – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer/Director: Alan Ayckbourn Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Henceforward is a dark, clever and uncompromising story about the interplay between humans and machines. Set in the studio of a deep and artistic man, Jerome, a father, a musician and a tortured soul, it focuses on his quest to win back his estranged daughter from her dominant and caustic mother and the depths ...

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: John Roberts Let's get the obvious out of the way... The Two Gentlemen of Verona isn't Shakespeare's finest play; it lacks the finesse in both structure and wit shown in his later works and it's easy to see why scholars have argued that this is potentially the first work of a very young ...

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Pride and Prejudice – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Jane Austin Adaptor: Simon Reade Composer: Lillian Henley Director: Deborah Bruce Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Regents Park Open Air Theatre’s stunning production of Pride and Prejudice is an absolute joy behold. A perfect glimpse into a world where manners, social rules and polite society mean everything; and finding a husband can mean even more. Jane Austin finished writing this celebrated ...

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