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Rocky Horror Show – Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show

Book/Lyrics/Music: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Matthew Bagnall The Rocky Horror Show needs little introduction to most of us. Another revival of this 40 year old musical classic finds itself jumping all the way to the left to Stoke-on-Trent. Not much has changed in this latest adaptation but fans of the show will certainly take to the absurdity and ...

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VerTeDance: Correction – The Lowry, Salford

VerTeDance - Correction

Choreography: Veronika Knytlová / Marta Trpišovská, Tereza Ondrová, Martina Hajdyla Lacová / Helena Arenbergerová, Karolína Hejnová, Robo Nižník, Jaro Ondruš / Rado Piovarči, Petr Opavský Music: Clarinet Factory Director: Jiří Havelka   Reviewer: Peter Jacobs VertTeDance are an award-winning contemporary dance company from the Czech Republic, founded in 2004. Correction - which has won several audience, dance, theatre and lighting ...

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Shout! The Mod Musical – Royal Court, Liverpool

The Cast of Shout and The Royal Court, Liverpool

Book: Phillip George & David Lowenstein Director: Francesca Goodridge Reviewer: Charlie Senate The swinging sixties: the decade that saw the fanatical rise of Beatledom and the blossom of women’s sexual liberation. And, incidentally, not a bad decade for music, either. Shout! The Mod Musical follows the lives of five swinging gals – known primarily by their primaries, Red, Orange, Yellow, ...

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Greg Foot: Caution – Safety Goggles Required – The Lowry, Salford

TV Presenter Greg Foot in his explosive stage show.

Reviewer: Iain Sykes Many years ago, back in this reviewer’s schooldays, a rather mad, white-labcoated chemistry teacher desperate to engage a bunch of fourth formers in the joys of science with a chemical reaction that would create a bit of a “pop”, accidentally put too much something or other into the mix and created an explosion that shook the whole ...

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Ventoux – The Lowry, Salford

2magpiesTheatre - Ventoux

Writer: 2Magpies Theatre and Andy Routledge Director: Mark Wilks Reviewer: Harriet Mallion 2Magpies Theatre’s Ventoux brings a love for cycling, a passion for competing, and all the excitement of the Tour De France to the stage. It is fast paced from the moment the doors swing open with both artists rigorously warming up and preparing themselves for the performance of ...

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The Complete Deaths – Liverpool Playhouse

Clowning troupe Spymonkey in The Complete Deaths

Writer: William Shakespeare Adaptor and Director: Tim Crouch Reviewer: Matt Forrest When the body of Richard III was unexpectedly found beneath a car park in Leicester back in 2013, it shocked the world;however, more shocking would be that, according to William Shakespeare, he died to the accompaniment of some hardcore techno music while looking for a horse wearing a gas ...

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1972: The Future of Sex– The Lowry, Salford

Devisors: The Wardrobe Ensemble Director: Tom Brennan and Jesse Jones Reviewer: Hannah Hiett The strains of ex-One Directioner Zayne Malik and Rihanna, greet you as you walk into the theatre, the sexual soundtrack of 2016. As you wait for the show to begin, the playlist takes a turn into contemporary funk, the recent rebirth of disco spearheaded by Nile Rogers ...

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The All-Star Stand-Up Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Peter Firman, Gary Delaney, Jarred Christmas, Sean Hughes in the All Star Stand Up Tour

Reviewer: Lauren Maughan Four times the number of comedians, should equal four times the number of laughs, right? In this case, maybe not. All the ingredients were there for the perfect show: four big comedic names that you would see on the TV, a magician, some props and even a bit of kung-fu fighting. But can all the hype and ...

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