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Live on Mars – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Sarah Holt Live on Mars is billed as 'a bold new stage production celebrating iconic pop hero David Bowie; his music, artistry, style and showmanship.'  The show's billing doesn't really do it any favours. Essentially, Live on Mars is a series of Bowie songs, performed by a live band. The 'bold' in the marketing hype probably relates to the ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori Book: Richard Morris Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Helen Jones Thoroughly Modern Millie was originally written as a film vehicle for Julie Andrews and finally turned into a stage musical in 2002. It is 1922. Millie Dillmount is a girl from small town Kansas. She arrives in ...

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Cas Public: Symphonie Dramatique – The Lowry, Salford

Choreography: Hélène Blackburn Music: Martin Tétreault Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Cas Public is a well-established French-Canadian contemporary dance company founded by Hélène Blackburn in 1989. Symphonie Dramatique draws from characters in Romeo and Juliet – principally but not solely the doomed lovers themselves. The show utilises text from the Shakespeare play and Martin Tétreault’s cleverly constructed and manipulated soundtrack draws heavily ...

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Stewart Lee: Content Provider – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jay Nuttall You should pretty much know what to expect when you buy a ticket to see Stewart Lee. If you don’t you have most definitely gone to the wrong gig. In the final year of his forties, Lee is not one to suffer fools gladly – not that he ever has. And as ever – we, his loyal ...

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The Ukulele Orchestra: Heresy II Heritage – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Now in their 32nd year, The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain are continuing to tour all over the world, performing at some of the most iconic venues and events, including the Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, the Houses of Parliament and Glastonbury Festival. On their latest tour, The Ukulele Orchestra: Heresy II Heritage, the award-winning octet, who ...

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Grease – The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

Book, Music & Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Additional songs: Barry Gibb, John Farrer, Louis St Louis and Scott Simon Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Taylor Simmons Grease, the smash hit musical based in the heydey of rock ‘n’ roll, has been a phenomenal success since it burst on to the scene in the 1970s.  Although famous from its 1978 ...

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From Shore to Shore – Yang Sing, Manchester

Writers: Mary Cooper and MW Sun Director: David K S Tse Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Tucked away in private dining area in the Yang Sing restaurant in Manchester’s vibrant Chinatown you’ll find an intimate temporary theatre dedicated to telling rarely heard stories of migration, and the challenges faced by crossing borders and cultural boundaries in search of a place to call ...

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Hard Times – the Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

The cast are silhouetted against a set of iron girders bathed in blue light

Writer: Chares Dickens Adaptor: Stephen Jeffreys Director: Chris Lawson Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Timing is occasionally everything and with a general election looming amid a backdrop of political unrest in the UK; Oldham Coliseum’s production of Hard Times fits perfectly into this current programme.  Although originally published in 1845; the central themes of Charles Dicken’s novel ring true today.  The conflict ...

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