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The Hobbit – The Dukes at Williamson Park, Lancaster

Writer: Kevin Dyer Director: Joe Sumsion Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Dukes walkabout theatre production in Lancaster's picturesque Williamson Park is becoming an annual summer highlight and after tackling Victorian England with literary classic Oliver Twist in 2015, this years offering takes a leap into the fantastical realm of Middle Earth with an adaptation of J.R.R Tolkein's The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins ...

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September in the Rain – Charter Theatre, Preston

Writer: John Godber Director: Andy Pope Reviewer: May Mellstrom Do not be fooled by the title of John Godber's 1983 play September in the Rain - if it brings to mind a cold, miserable autumn season rest assured that this production is in fact a charming summer treat that will cheer and warm the heart of its audiences. Yorkshire couple ...

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Singin’ in the Rain – The New Vic – Newcastle under Lyme.

Actor-Musician production of Singing' in the Rain directed by Elizabeth Newman

Book: Betty Comden &Adolph Green Music: Nacio Herb Brown Lyrics: Arthur Freed Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Carol Lovatt The New Vic’s latest co-production with Bolton’s Octagon Theatre of Singin’ in the Rain is a show not to be missed. Full of memorable songs written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, laugh-out-loud antics, clever choreography plus heaps of love and ...

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The Mighty Walzer – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

The Mighty Walzer at The Royal Exchange Theatre

Writer: Howard Jacobson Adaptor: Simon Bent Director: Jonathan Humphreys Reviewer: Iain Sykes The Mighty Walzer, Howard Jacobson’s 1999 novel about a Jewish boy growing up in a North Manchester world of lust and table tennis, is finally brought to the stage for its world premiere in Simon Bent’s adaptation at the Royal Exchange. Living with his flamboyant big dreaming but ...

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GM Fringe: Millionaires Anonymous – Salford Arts Theatre, Salford

Writer: Stewart McDonald Director: Stewart McDonald Reviewer: Donna Kelly It is often said that money doesn’t buy you happiness and if Stewart McDonald’s new comedy play is anything to go by, the proverb certainly appears to be true. Millionaires Anonymous tells the story of six lottery winners who have lost their money to drink, drugs, sex and booze. Desperate to ...

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Igor and Moreno: A Room for All Our Tomorrows – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Igor Urzelai and Moreno Solinas Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Igor and Moreno are two London-based dance artists – associate artists at The Place - making a welcome return to the Lowry Studio after last year’s showing of their rather wonderful Idiot-Syncrasy. As with their previous show, A Room for All Our Tomorrows is a sometimes-difficult journey that is easier experienced ...

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Hemabarathy Palani and Subhash Viman Gorania – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs In bringing together Bangalore’s Hemabarathy Palani and Leicester’s Subhash Viman Gorania, this double bill presents the work of two of the most exciting new performers of contemporary South Asian dance. Both drawing on the traditions of Indian dance, and fusing it with ballet, contemporary and urban dance, the three pieces presented fizz with energy while retaining a ...

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Jackie The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Older and Younger Jackie together

Writer: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: John Roberts As Jukebox Musicals go, the plot for Jackie The Musical isn’t go to set the world alight but this musical that is based on the D. C. Thompson publication from the 70s is a fun and engaging musical that packs plenty of nostalgia to give even the eldest member of the ...

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