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Art – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Yasmina Reza Director: Ellie Jones Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Salford’s Lowry theatre hosts Yasmina Reza’s playful examination of modern art, and the dynamics between old friends. With Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin now national treasures rather than artistic revolutionaries, some of the intensity may have been removed from the debate about modernist art, but the interaction between the three protagonists ...

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Jonathan Pie: Back to the Studio- The Lowry, Salford

Writer : Tom Walker & Andrew Doyle Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Patrons arriving at The Lowry are warned that anyone leaving Jonathan Pie’s show while it is in progress will be denied re-admission. This seems over the top until it becomes apparent that the show is so carefully constructed that anyone seeing only part may miss the point.  Back to the Studio ...

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A Tiger’s Tale – The Lowry, Salford

Music: James Atherton Writer: Mike Kenny Director: Gilly Baskeyfield Reviewer: Sam Lowe The "Punch and Judy" style opening sees the actors peer their heads above the curtains onstage. That signals that we're off to the circus. Well, not just yet. The story begins with Pa, he has a job as a window cleaner (but he's terrible at it) so it's ...

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Miss Saigon – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Alain Boublil & Richard Maltby Jr. Book: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Iris Beaumont The heat is certainly on in Manchester as Claude-Michel Schönberg  and Alain Boublil’s Madame Butterfly inspired musical lands in the city as part of its Uk Tour. Schönberg and Boublil’s emotional musical is set during the Vietnam war and ...

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Lee Mead: Ten Years The Anniversary Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen He became a household name more than a decade ago after winning over viewers on BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do - the hunt for a leading man in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has since gone on to take leading roles in huge West End and touring productions, ...

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PREVIEW: All Aboard! Octagon Theatre to stage site-specific Summer Holiday in Bolton

As Bolton’s much loved Octagon Theatre prepares to close to undergo major redevelopment, it seems fitting that, as part of its current 50th anniversary season, it has chosen to produce a site-specific production of the classic 1960’s feel-good musical film, Summer Holiday.   The Octagon Theatre and Summer Holiday have much in common: They are both products of the 1960’s, still ...

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Ballet British Columbia – The Lowry, Salford

Choreographers: Emily Molnar, Crystal Pite, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar Reviewer: Jo Beggs Ballet British Columbia isn’t a company on most British dance audience’s radar. In fact, despite the company being over 30 years old, this is their first time in the UK. In partnership with Dance Consortium, the Canadian company are undertaking an extensive UK tour, from Edinburgh to ...

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Fat Friends – The Musical – Opera House, Manchester

Book, Lyrics and Director: Kay Mellor Music: Nick Lloyd Webber Musical Director: Michael Bradley Reviewer: Helen Jones It's 18 years since Kay Mellor's comedy-drama Fat Friends arrived on our TV screens, and now the premise has been modernised and rewritten to create Fat Friends – The Musical. The principal characters are the same; fun, curvy Kelly, her rather slow fiance Kevin, parents Betty ...

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