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James Acaster: Reset – The Lowry, Salford

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Reviewer: Matt Forrest There seems to be a continuing thread linking Kettering’s favourite son’s stand-up shows: in 2014 he was an undercover cop, in 2015 he was on jury service, and this year he’s joining the witness protection scheme and looking for a fresh start in life and the chance to follow his dream of building wells in Kenya. The ...

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The Snow Queen – New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Writer: Hans Christian Anderson Adaptor &Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The Snow Queen is a fitting offering from the New Vic as the festive season begins to bite.  It is a play that encapsulates the iciness of the temperatures outside but within is the warmth of a story based on hope. The Snow Queen was written by Hans Christian ...

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Lucy Porter: Consequences – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest  Lucy Porter brings her Consequences show to The Lowry and bounds on to stage armed with a bottle of port and Bon Bons: a little gift for regulars to her shows and a little something for those first timers. The show’s essence is a look at a problem we all have to face sooner or later: the ...

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Much Ado About Nothing – Opera House, Manchester

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Jim Gillespie This collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Chichester Festival Theatre enjoys a brief residency in Manchester before moving to the West End. It's paired with Love’s Labour’s Lost, sharing cast and creatives, as well as set and period setting. But while the fading Edwardian era is common to both ...

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Tmesis Theatre: Happy Hour – The Lowry, Salford

Text: Chris Fittock Director: Elinor Randle Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Tmesis Theatre is one of the UK’s most innovative physical theatre companies. The company was founded in 2003 by Kate Cave, Yorgos Karamalegos and Elinor Randle; it was run by Karamalegos and Randle from 2005-2010, when Karamalegos relocated to London. The company is now led by Artistic Director, Elinor Randle. The ...

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Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl – The Lowry, Salford.

Based on the story by: Hans Christian Andersen Choreographer: Arthur Pita Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent This month The Lowry has an exciting range of dance performancess. Alongside Arthur Pita's The Little Match Girl (performed in the Quays Theatre) they have the National Ballet of China's Peony Pavilion on their Lyric stage (both performances are heading down to Sadlers Wells next month). ...

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Cinderella – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Mike Kenny Additional Lyrics: Ivan Stott Music: Rob Hiley Director: Ben Occhipinti Reviewer: Marie Smith Cinderella is an entertaining and animated production from award-winning children’s writer, Mike Kenny. It tells the story of Cinders, her wicked stepmother and ugly sisters but in a unique way with lots of ridiculously funny moments and a really lively cast. This version of ...

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The National Ballet of China: The Peony Pavilion – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: Feng Ying Choreography: Fei Bo Composer: Guo Wenjing Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The National Ballet of China was founded in 1959. The company is built on Russian foundations but has continued to enrich this with different schools and styles. The company’s repertoire includes Western ballet classics, as well as original fascinating–sounding creations: The Red Detachment of Women, The New ...

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