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Her Benny – Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

Book, Music and Lyrics/Director : Anne Dalton Reviewer: Tate James Her Benny returns to Liverpool, this time at the Royal Court Theatre in its 25th Anniversary Production, which begs the question “Did we need reminding?”. The answer, in honesty, is probably no; but there is still potential for the mix of loveable children and brassy Scouse accents to entertain the masses ...

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The Play That Goes Wrong -Storyhouse, Chester

Writers: Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields Director: Mark Bell Reviewer: Charlie Senate “Has anyone seen Winston?” yells the stage manager, frantically zigging through the pre-show crowd at Chester’s Storyhouse. The production’s canine performer, it seems, has gone missing—mere minutes before the opening curtain. Even in the foyer, the audience is already laughing. Little will change throughout this truly ridiculous ...

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A Pacifist’s Guide To The War On Cancer – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel with Kirsty Housley Music: Tom Parkinson Director: Kirsty Housley Reviewer: Daryl Holden Throughout the course of human history, there have been many wars. Although the reasons behind each usually tend to differ, in every case, each side has known who the enemy was and how to combat them. However, what do you do when ...

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The ToyBoy Diaries – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book: Simon Warne and Wendy Salisbury Music and Lyrics: Andy Collyer  Director: Tania Azevedo Reviewer: Donna Kelly Sex sells, as Wendy Salisbury’s bestselling memoirs The Toyboy Diaries clearly demonstrates. When the glamorous grandmother released her tales of love, lust and very young men back in 2009, the book became an international bestseller, spurning a sequel, and now, a brand new British ...

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The Band – Liverpool Empire

Book: Tim Firth Music: Take That Director: Kim Gavin & Jack Ryder Reviewer: John Roberts It wasn’t going to be long considering the trend in Jukebox musicals, that one should be written using Take That’s back catalogue, and what better way to do it than to co-produce it yourself. Alongside David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers the unstoppable boyband have once ...

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The Weir – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Conor McPherson Director: Adele Thomas Reviewer: Jim Gillespie 20 years since its first performance at the Royal Court Theatre, English Touring Theatre in a co-production with Colchester's Mercury Theatre bring their own take on Conor McPherson’s drama to The Lowry in Salford. The play is set in rural Ireland, and the Irishness of its cosmology underpins the entire production. ...

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Jane Eyre – Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Writer: Charlotte Brontë Adaptation: Janys Chambers and Lorna French Director: Elizabeth Newman Reviewer: Matt Forrest Last year saw this literary classic celebrate 170 years from when it was first published - since its release it has been wowing readers and audiences the world over with various stage and screen adaptations.  It would seem that now Jane Eyre’s place in the ...

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Black Men Walking – Royal Exchange, Manchester

Writer: Testament Director: Dawn Walton Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin “We walk” repeat the chants of Thomas, Richard and Matthew as they head out into the misty wilderness of the Peak District. Inspired by a real walking group for black men in Sheffield, Black Men Walking marks a collaboration between Eclipse Theatre and Leeds-based rapper, writer and performer Testament. Directed by Dawn ...

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