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Bestbeat – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Book/Music/Director: Francis Duffy Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin This is not so much a walk down Penny Lane as a saunter down the Memory Lane of Liverpool in the early 60s. Days when local pop show posters proudly trumpeted the names “John, Paul, George and … Pete”. The show is much more of a musical than a play and offers some good ...

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Shrek the Musical – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Nigel Harman Music: Jeanine Tesori Reviewer: Matthew Jackson  Back on a UK Tour is a musical adaption of Dreamworks animation Shrek. A firm family favourite that is almost certain to draw a packed theatre and that is certainly true for press night at the Regent Theatre. With clever puppetry and funny characters, there is ...

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Othello – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Tate James The third installment of the Everyman Rep’s second season wages war on the stage in a subtle and contemporary revival of the bard’s Othello. With the leading players clad in present-day desert storm militia and their female counterparts sporting high street trends, the design aesthetic from the Everyman Team is chic ...

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The Jungle Book- The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Rudyard Kipling adapted by Jessica Swale Director: Max Webster Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Mowgli (Keziah Joseph) dreams of, or perhaps he remembers, an earlier part of his life when he lived in an actual rather than an urban jungle. When Mowgli’s father is killed by the tiger Shere Kahn (Lloyd Gorman) the wolves of the jungle and other animals rally ...

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Tony Law: Absurdity for the Common People –The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest Law’s routine is anchored by his time as a semi-professional trampolinist. He, along with Vladimir Putin, put trampolining on the map during the 1970’s. From this, we get a whole host of stories about convoys across the Atlantic during World War 2, which contained nothing but hot tubs, masturbating gorillas, and how he met a creature with ...

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Beautiful – Liverpool Empire

Book: Douglas McGrath Music/Lyrics: Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: John Roberts “These songs are about me, and who better to sing them than myself” A powerful statement that is delivered towards the middle of Act Two, when Carole King, here played with an assured and confident performance from Bronté Barbé realises that actually, ...

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Kim Wilde: Here Come The Aliens – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones Back in 1981, the then 20-year-old Kim Wilde released her debut singleKids In America. A huge success reaching number two in the charts. Hit followed hit. Wilde became an icon of the 80s, being awarded The Brit for Best Female Vocalist in 1983. Fast forward thirty-seven years and Kim Wilde is out on tour and a new ...

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Sir Michael Parkinson: Our Kind of Music – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Few talk show hosts can boast the popularity or respect of Sir Michael Parkinson. Since 1963, Parkinson (or "Parky" as he is better known) has become a firm fixture on British TV screens, most notably for his television talk show, Parkinson which ran from 1971 to 1982 and from 1998 to 2007. Following the success of his last UK ...

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