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Love, Lies and Taxidermy – The Roundabout, Eccles

Writer: Alan Harris Director: George Perrin Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Fresh from a sell-out month at Summerhall at the Edinburgh Festival, Paines Plough Theatre Company’s wonderful portable, pop-up Roundabout theatre arrives on the outskirts of Manchester as part of the Love Eccles Festival. Situated next to the Parish Church in the town centre there are three days of shows beginning with ...

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Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna – intu Trafford Centre, Manchester

Writer and Director: Diane Paulus Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Circus doesn’t get much grander than Quebec’s Cirque du Soleil. Delighting audiences all over the world with their dazzling shows, it has been six years since this world famous circus came to Manchester. Their beautiful Grand Chapiteau may be erected in the car park of the intu Trafford Centre but once inside ...

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Raffles: ­The Mystery of the Murdered Thief ­- Charter Theatre, Preston

Writer and Director: John Goodrun Reviewer: May Mellstrom 'Gentleman thief' Arthur J. Raffles was introduced in a collection of short stories by E. W. Hornung in the late Victorian period, not long after the world first became acquainted with the work of Hornung's brother-­in-­law, Arthur Conan Doyle and his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Although Raffles has not matched the continued ...

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My Big Fat Jobseekers Wedding – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Karen Woods Director: Karen Woods Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Stereotypes, crudeness and sheer madness make up the latest production to take over The Lowry’s Quays Theatre. Packed full of repeated sexual innuendo and expletive-ridden dialogue, it is certainly not one for the faint-heartedand not one for those looking for a traditional night at the theatre. My Big Fat Jobseekers Wedding, ...

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Lennon: Through A Glass Onion – Charter Theatre, Preston

Lennon: Through A Glass Onion

Writer/ Director: John Waters Reviewer: Marie Smith   Following its Off Broadway New York Success, this celebration of the genius and music of John Lennon comes to Preston. Part concert, part biography and part monologue, Liverpool's Daniel Taylor reveals the essence of the life and sheer talent of one of the world’s most treasured and well-loved icons, John Lennon. This ...

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Barry Steele: Celebrating The Music – Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Barry Steele

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Roy Orbison may no longer be with us in person but his music lives on with authenticity through the amazing voice and uncanny resemblance to the great man as portrayed by Barry Steele. Celebrating The Music is a nostalgic production bringing all of the Big O’s extensive collection of songs together, in an impressive show which spans ...

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The Factory – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Devised by: The Company Director: Matt Hassall Designer: Bethany Wells Sound Designer: Gerry Marsden Reviewer: Brendan James The Young Company at The Royal Exchange have departed from their home in St Ann’s Square and have taken their latest production of The Factory to the theatres' studio space on Swan Street to create an ambitious site-specific and immersive new work. On ...

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Nutshell: An Evening with Ian McEwan – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Times have changed. In the past, a book launch involved a group of readers sipping wine and eating cheese nibbles in Waterstones before hesitatingly approaching the author to get an autograph on a first edition they’d picked up cheap in Oxfam. Things are more streamlined, stage-managed and posh these days. For one thing, the books are often ...

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