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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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Jersey Boys – Empire Theatre Liverpool

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyric: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Daryl Holden In this day and age, there are so many different tastes for the theatre that it’s rare to find something that builds up a true following by almost everyone. Even rarer then, is to find something that lives up to said hype. ...

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Cinderella – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts The Empire Theatre’s annual pantomime may have undergone a change of producer, but that doesn’t mean the largest Christmas show in Merseyside has lost any of its glimmer and shine, in fact this year’s offering of Cinderella starring Duncan James (Prince Charming) and Jodie Prenger (Fairy Godmother) still provides a winning ...

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War Horse – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Reviewer: John Roberts Almost 10 years to the day, War Horse gained its first preview at the National Theatre in London, however, the production almost never happened.  The then artistic director of the National Theatre couldn’t see how an adaptation of a children’s book about a horse in ...

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Welsh National Opera: Die Fledermaus – Liverpool Empire

Composer: Johann Strauss II Director: John Copley Conductor:  James Southall Revival Director: Sarah Crisp Reviewer: Daryl Holden “This evening, we will have a boring domestic comedy”. With this particular joke arising midway through the second act of Welsh National Opera’s Die Fledermaus, you would be forgiven for thinking that they are indeed talking about their own show. For the most ...

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Mark Haddon Adaptor: Simon Stephens Director: Marianne Elliot Reviewer: John Roberts  Having just finished its run in the West End, Marianne Elliot’s highly acclaimed production of Mark Haddon’s best-selling book continues on its second UK Tour, as it stops over for a week long run in Liverpool, the production shows no sign of losing any of its originality and ...

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Wonderland – Liverpool Empire

Stephen Webb and Kerry Ellis in Wonderland

Book: Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy Music: Frank Wildhorn Lyrics: Jack Murphy Director: Lotte Wakeham Reviewer: Matt Forrest  Wonderland sees the characters from the Lewis Carroll tales of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass given a modern day make over with a political message to boot. Alice (Kerry Ellis) is now a 40-year-old single mum with all manner ...

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The Wedding Singer – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

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Music: Matthew Sklar Book & Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Book: Tim Herlihy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: John Roberts Based on the 1997 comedy film of the same name starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore; Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy’s musical adaptation of The Wedding Singer provides plenty of earworms and laughs throughout in a production that is sadly given ...

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