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Jane Eyre – The Lowry, Salford

The cast of Jane Eyre at Bristol Old Vic

Writer: Charlotte Bronte Adaptor/Director: Sally Cookson Reviewer: Mel Duncan ‘Injustice!’ Jane Eyre has long been forced to suffer the misrepresentation of being Bronte’s seemingly fated romantic heroine, fodder for many creative and dramatic interpretations, predominantly focusing upon the romantic attachments formed by the protagonist.  How refreshing to witness an Eyre so clearly and confidently self-sufficient – this ‘love story’ is ...

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My Country; a work in progress – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Verbatim with Carol Ann Duffy Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: John Roberts Playing for just three nights at the Liverpool Playhouse before Easter weekend, the National Theatre should by all accounts be playing to sold out houses at the Liverpool Playhouse, but this is just not the case with their current UK tour of My Country; a work in progress. ...

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Babe, The Sheep Pig – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Dick King-Smith Adaptor: David Wood Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Jay Nuttall After performing for an extended period over Christmas and New Year at their home in Wimbledon, Polka Theatre’s heart-warming tale of bravery embarks on a UK tour beginning at The Lowry. Beautiful design and puppetry are at the heart of this superb production about a little pig who ...

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Silver Lining – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Sandi Toksvig Director: Rebecca Gatward Reviewer: Lizz Clark It's common to refer to the Bechdel Test in discussions about women in media: it's a way of confirming that women perform more than the most perfunctory role in a film, play or TV episode. Is there an equivalent test for older people, I wonder, or for old women specifically? So ...

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Gabriel – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Kate McGregor Reviewer: Tate James The catalogue of World War II dramas tends to focus heavily on the masculinity of war: young boys becoming men the moment they enlist, the horrors of those fighting for us all, the aftermath of their experience as they struggle to integrate back into everyday life. Stories of victims of war ...

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Grease- Liverpool Empire

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Victoria Morris Despite the controversial message that it portrays, Grease is a musical theatre “classic” which keeps drawing people back to see time and time again. However, with this current UK tour, it’s perhaps best this “beauty” drops out and goes back to the rehearsal room. Set at ...

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The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Anne Brontë Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Jo Beggs If you’re familiar with Anne Brontë’s 1848 novel, you’ll know that it’s a gripping tale of love, loss and human failing. You’ll also know that it harbours some dark issues that remain, unfortunately, completely relevant to a 21st Century audience. If, like this reviewer, you have seriously failed ...

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Beauty and the Beast – St Helens Theatre Royal

Writer: Liam Mellor Director: Chantelle Nolan Reviewer: John Roberts St Helens Theatre Royal was one of the first venues to start producing an Easter pantomime, starting off as a three show experiment over 10 years ago, this has now grown into something far bigger and puts some producers' pitiful Christmas offerings to shame - but that’s no surprise given the ...

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