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Million Dollar Quartet – Liverpool Empire

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Book: Colin Escott &Flloyd Mutrix Conceived by Flloyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: John Roberts On one cold Memphis evening on December 4, 1956 - at the famous Sun Studios, legendary record producer Sam Phillips was in a recording studio laying down tracks for recent number one artist Carl Philips... playing for him that session was an unknown live-wire pianist called ...

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Skylight – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Writer: David Hare Director: Tamara Harvey Reviewer: Emma Boswell David Hare’s Olivier Award-winning Skylight comes to Mold’s Theatr Clwyd this month.  This new production of the 1995 drama is directed by its own Artistic Director, Tamara Harvey. Skylight tells the tale of thirty-something altruistic secondary school teacher Kyra (Jeany Spark), who is visited by both her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Jay Villiers), ...

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Glasgow Girls – Liverpool Playhouse

2017 UK Tour of The Glasgow Girls

Director/Composer: Cora Bissett Reviewer: John Roberts “Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie, O, what a panic's in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi' bickering brattle! I wad be laith to rin an' chase thee, Wi' murd'ring pattle! In a post-Brexit state, the plight of the Glasgow Girls seems just as timely now as it was over a ...

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Richard Alston Dance Company: An Italian in Madrid – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Richard Alston Choreography: Richard Alston, Martin Lawrance Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place and his own company based there, is one of the UK’s leading choreographers. Once a radical pioneer, present from the emergence of British contemporary dance – when that in itself was radical – Alston formed the UK’s first independent dance company ...

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Cyrano – New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Writer: Edmond Rostand Adaptor: Deborah McAndrew Director: Conrad Nelson Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall Both heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure, this adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s play Cyrano de Bergerac is a poetic delight. Taking a classic and reimagining it into a culturally relevant piece of art is no mean feat, yet Northern Broadsides consistently achieve this through their adaptations. Cyrano is ...

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The House of Bernarda Alba – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Kathryn Hunter in House of Bernado Alba

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Translator/Adaptor: Jo Clifford Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Lorca’s final play is brought to the Royal Exchange in a co-production with the disabled-led company Graeae in a stirring all-female production spearheaded by Kathryn Hunter. Hunter commanders the circular stage as the matriarch Bernarda who demands obedience from her household as she imposes an eight-year period ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Liverpool Empire

UK Touring cast of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music/Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: John Roberts The Kinks are regarded as one of the biggest names in British popular music history. It's not hard to see why when you look over their massive cavern of hits including; You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower To Fashion, ...

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The Magic of Motown: 10th Anniversary Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen The Magic of Motown has come to The Lowry, ready to thrill music lovers with some of their most loved tracks from the past. But unfortunately the only Wonder they are going to get on the night is why this show doesn’t offer more, and the Temptations, more often than not, will be to help in giving this production a ...

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