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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Jeffrey Lane Music &Lyrics: David Yazbek Director &Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: John Roberts It may have taken a decade to finally grace the shores of the UK, but the wait has certainly been worth it! Jerry Mitchell’s UK premiere of David Yazbek’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which is based on the film of the same name) is in Manchester as ...

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Ghost the Musical – The Liverpool Empire

Book: Bruce Joel Rubin Music: Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Seb Farrell Musicals based on movies are not, in this reviewer’s experience, something to get overly excited about. The whole premise of producing a piece of theatre simply because people will have heard and enjoyed the same thing delivered differently on the silver screen will always ...

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Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert: The Musical –Palace Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Matthew Nichols “At first I was afraid, I was petrified,” as the old gay hymn goes. But there’s no need for full-scale panic as this gaudy, knowingly tacky, hip-shaking crowd pleaser cruises into Manchester this week. It’s looking a little long of leg (and in the tooth), heaving of cleavage, ...

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Moon Tiger – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Penelope Lively Adaptor: Simon Reade Director: Stephen Unwin Reviewer: Jo Beggs It’s hard to imagine why Simon Reade felt compelled to adapt Penelope Lively’s 1987 Booker Prize winning novel Moon Tiger for the stage. Perhaps the novel’s structure, a narration from the points of view of its various characters, has a theatrical quality and yet Reade chooses to tell ...

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Punt and Dennis: Ploughing on Regardless – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Ruth Lovett Having had long term success on the radio, notably with the Now Show; Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis take to the road again with their much loved style of comedy. With both men having achieved a wider level of fame though appearances on TV programmes such as Outnumbered for Dennis and Would I Lie to you for ...

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Lulu: a Murder Ballad – Contact, Manchester

Music and Lyrics: Martin Jacques Director: Mark Hotlhusen Reviewer: Mark Smith With a mammoth back catalogue of albums and theatre productions The Tiger Lillies return to Manchester was a hugely anticipated event - a brand new co-production between the dark folk trio, Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Warwick Arts Centre. Lulu: A Murder Ballad is brave commissioning and we ...

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