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Paul Merton: Out Of My Head – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Geoff Lovelock [rating:2]   Judging by the poster in which a velvet-clad Merton stands in the sea, his head encased in a bird-cage with a tiny horse atop it, you’d think we were in for night of delightful surrealism. We’re not. We’re really not. I’ve seen Merton many times over the years and he’s always been a delight. But ...

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Hormonal Housewives – Richmond Theatre, London

Writers: Julie Coombe and John McIsaac Reviewer: Deborah Klayman [rating:1.5]   Despite being billed as “a night of fun and frolics with the girls”, Hormonal Housewives offers little to their largely female audience other than well-worn material about the trials and tribulations of womanhood. A three-hander that explores this through direct address, dance routines and sketches, it offers nothing new ...

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Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Brian Mitchell, Joseph Nixon Director: Brian Mitchell Reviewer: Laura Maley [rating:4] The Foundry Group brings the story of two of the biggest names of the 70s and 80s to The Lowry Studio, Salford: Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks. There were other wrestlers, and the WWE corporate behemoth in the United States has since gone on to have worldwide success, ...

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Avenue Q – Lowry Theatre, Salford

Book: Jeff Whitty Music and Lyrics: Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director: Jason Moore Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:5]   It takes a certain special something for a new musical to succeed. Throughout the years we’ve seen such critical failures as ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ and ‘Carrie the Musical’, among others that were based on well-known films or books. It would ...

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The Return of Boothby Graffoe – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: James Martyn Rogers Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:3.5] Comedians use the occasional song to add variety to their act. Boothby Graffoe does the reverse – music dominates his performance. He goes so far as to enlist the support of talented multi-instrumentalist Nick Pynn to boost the sound of the show. Less successfully he uses, and comes into conflict with, pre-recorded ...

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