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Liver Birdsong: The Liverpool Blitz Musical – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writers: Tony Bradley and Rebecca Myers Director: Jodie Marshall Reviewer: Harriet Stockton To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Blitz, the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool has transformed itself into The Crane Theatre of the 1940s as it brings the new musical Liver Birdsong to the stage this week. Witten by father and daughter duo Tony Bradley and Rebecca Myers, the show ...

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Billy Elliot – The Musical – The Palace, Manchester

Book and Lyrics: Lee Hall Music: Elton John Director: Stephen Daldry Reviewer: Dave Cunningham  The movie, Billy Elliot, was so close to perfect as to raise doubts as to whether adding songs could enhance the audience experience or result in a show that is bloated and unwieldy. Besides, musicals, by their nature, tend to be feel-good and so Billy Elliot, ...

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Beauty and The Beast – Liverpool Everyman

Cast of Beauty and the Beast Liverpool Everyman

Writers: Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton Director: Mark Chatterton Reviewer: Tate James If you seek singing teapots and a mob of angry villagers then this is not the night for you. If you seek a multi-talented cast to make you laugh and wow with impressive vocals then the Everyman’s alternative Christmas offering could be. There’s Belle, a magical rose ...

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Frank Wildhorn & Friends – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Frank Wildhorn Musical Director: Jason Howland Reviewer: May Mellstrom An impressive array of global, national and local talent combines at the Palace Theatre to showcase the work of American composer Frank Wildhorn; the Grammy and Tony Award nominee responsible for a number of Broadway musicals, most notably 1990 hit Jekyll & Hyde. The man himself proves an eminently likeable ...

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English National Ballet: Nutcracker – Liverpool Empire

Shiori Kase and Cesar Corrales in English National Ballet's Nutcracker © Laurent Liotardo Photography

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Wayne Eagling Reviewer: Vicki Goodwin  Few things feel as gloriously festive as Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and inside the Empire is the perfect sumptuous treat waiting to launch us into the holiday season. The stage has been transformed into a resplendent Edwardian backdrop where ice-skaters effortlessly glide across the icy scene. It’s Christmas eve and we join ...

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Company Chameleon: Witness – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Kevin Edward Turner and Anthony Missen Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Company Chameleon - now only one year from celebrating their tenth anniversary - are one of the UK’s leading independent dance companies: they are Manchester’s very own leading dance company. Their latest show, now ending a short tour at The Lowry, is Witness – a double bill of Words Unspoken ...

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James Acaster: Reset – The Lowry, Salford

james acaster reset

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 ...

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