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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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Festival of the Spoken Nerd: Full Frontal Nerdity – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Helen Arney, Steve Mould, Matt Parker Reviewer: Laura Orton Festival of the Spoken Nerd (or FOTSN for the geeks) are back with their latest comedy lecture, Full Frontal Nerdity. Gaining a mass of popularity in recent years, this 'hip to be square', 'science is chic' (queue Dara O'Briain's school of hard sums or QI) style of performance really is ...

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