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The House of Bernarda Alba – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Kathryn Hunter in House of Bernado Alba

Writer: Frederico Garcia Lorca Translator/Adaptor: Jo Clifford Director: Jenny Sealey Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin Lorca’s final play is brought to the Royal Exchange in a co-production with the disabled-led company Graeae in a stirring all-female production spearheaded by Kathryn Hunter. Hunter commanders the circular stage as the matriarch Bernarda who demands obedience from her household as she imposes an eight-year period ...

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Sunny Afternoon – Liverpool Empire

UK Touring cast of Sunny Afternoon

Book: Joe Penhall Music/Lyrics: Ray Davies Director: Edward Hall Reviewer: John Roberts The Kinks are regarded as one of the biggest names in British popular music history. It's not hard to see why when you look over their massive cavern of hits including; You Really Got Me, All Day and All of the Night, Waterloo Sunset, Dedicated Follower To Fashion, ...

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The Magic of Motown: 10th Anniversary Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen The Magic of Motown has come to The Lowry, ready to thrill music lovers with some of their most loved tracks from the past. But unfortunately the only Wonder they are going to get on the night is why this show doesn’t offer more, and the Temptations, more often than not, will be to help in giving this production a ...

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Ashley Blaker: Meshuga Frum – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Andrea Allen Billed as ‘the UK’s only Orthodox Jewish Comedian’, whatever you think of Ashley Blaker, you’re going to be getting something different to the norm. Following on from Blaker’s previous sell-out show Ungefiltered, comes Meshuga Frum. For the gentiles in the audience, ‘Meshuga Frum’ translates to ‘crazy religious’, and as we’re told, for a Jew, this means anyone ...

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Gervase Phinn – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Few people can boast the storied career that Gervase Phinn has had; from teacher, lecturer broadcaster, author of academic text, children’s author and of course public speaker. Here is a man who has one of the most impressive C.V’s in all the land. Today we find Phinn in the guise of  storyteller as he regales us with tales ...

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Stephen K Amos: World Famous – The Lowry, Salford

Stephen K Amos

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham It is hard to avoid the impression that the success of Stephen K. Amos is attributable not to what he says but to the manner in which he says it. His new tour is entitled World Famous but, although some of the routines take inspiration from casual racism Amos experienced while touring in places like Australia, topics ...

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Miles Jupp: Songs of Freedom -The Lowry, Salford

Comedian Miles Jupp

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall Miles Jupp describes himself as a stand-up, actor, writer, thinker, father, husband and fool. You may know him best from The Thick of It, outstanding sitcom Rev or know his voice as the newly promoted host of The News Quiz on Radio 4. Playing The Lowry’s large Lyric theatre it is easy to see how a comic’s ...

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WireDo – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Hanna Moisala and Maisy Taylor. Director: Adrian Berry. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. WireDo is an entrancing celebration of the circus art form and what the human body can achieve. The show is split up into two acts. First, Maisy Taylor performs an aerial routine using a corde lisse and a book, which is about being alone and exploring the beauty ...

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