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Kate Rusby – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Kate Rusby tiptoes onto a stage littered with paper boat lanterns and fairy lights, every bit the eager songstress who cannot wait to share her latest musical offerings. Joined onstage by talented musicians Damian O’Kane, Nick Cooke, Duncan Lyall and Steven Byrnes the latest tour delivers a live sampling of her latest album Life in a Paper ...

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Kiss Me Kate – Liverpool Empire

Quirijn de Lang and Jeni Bern in Kiss Me Kate

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter Book: Bella and Samuel Spewack Director: Jo Davies Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: John Roberts Last year the Welsh National Opera brought their dark and foreboding production of Sweeney Todd to the Empire, this year to celebrate Shakespeare's 400th Celebrations the company bring a vibrant and engaging (if a little too long) revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me ...

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Twopence To Cross The Mersey – Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Helen Forrester Adapter: Rob Fennah Director: Bob Eaton Reviewer: John Roberts Twopence To Cross The Mersey is adapted from the memoirs of Hoylake born June Huband (Helen Forrester) who as a young girl growing up during Great Depression faced insurmountable hardship, her family were bankrupted and Helen was kept out of education so she could “help” her mother look ...

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Keep Dancing – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Director: Emma Rogers Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Highly energetic Jives, smooth Waltzes, fiery Tangos and comedic Charleston routines are entertaining audiences up and down the country over the weekends with the much-anticipated return of Strictly Come Dancing. And now former pros Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis, along with 2012 winner and Olympian Louis Smith, are among a cast bringing the ballroom ...

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One Man Star Wars Trilogy – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: George Lucas Adaptor: Charles Ross Director: T J Dawe Reviewer: Jo Beggs There’s apparently one man in the house tonight who hasn’t seen a Star Wars film – or he may just be sticking his hand up for comic effect. There’s plenty of people in who’ve seen all three original films at a sitting, though, and these are Charles ...

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Wish List – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Katherine Soper Director: Matthew Xia   Reviewer: Dave Cunningham If, as they say, courage is grace under pressure then Tamsin Carmody (Erin Doherty) must qualify as a heroine if not a saint. The early death of her mother not only messed up Tamsin’s educational opportunities it drove her brother Dean (Joseph Quinn), into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder which is now ...

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The Hollies: A Highway of Hits – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Considering the number of bands that have reunited over the past few years, you’d be forgiven for thinking that The Hollies are just another come-back band. In fact, they are one of the few British pop groups who have never actually broken up and still continue to record and perform to fans across the world. Formed in ...

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