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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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People, Places & Things – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Duncan Macmillan Director: Jeremy Herrin and Holly Race Roughan Reviewer: Matthew Forrest The biggest dangers to a recovering addict are the People, Places & Things. This is according to writer Duncan Macmillan’s play. Our friends, family, environment and circumstances can have a massive impact on someone struggling with their inner-demons and set them on a course of action they ...

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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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Me & Robin Hood – Liverpool Everyman

Writer and Performer: Shón Dale-Jones Reviewer: Daryl Holden When creating a show in which you want to tackle the issue of millions of children having to sleep on the streets, it seems just a tad insensitive to centre that same ninety-minute show around yourself and barely mention a relevant charity both throughout and on the flyers. What would make this ...

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Songs For The End Of The World – Liverpool Everyman

Writers: Dom Coyote, Michael Vale and Tom Penn Director: Dom Coyote Reviewer: Daryl Holden Songs for the End of the World has an undoubtedly intriguing premise. A part gig, part show following a man who, when the world turns on itself, is left suspended in Earth’s orbit on his way to kick-start a new Eden on Mars.  Now, with nothing ...

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Around The World in 80 Days – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Jules Verne Adaptor: Laura Eason Director: Theresa Heskins Reviewer: Daryl Holden 125 characters, eight actors, six trains, five boats, four fights and an elephant all to get through in 80 days. Impossible? Not for Phileas Fogg and his trusted valet, Passepartout. In this truly enjoyable and faithful adaptation, Phileas Fogg (Andrew Pollard) makes an absurd wager of his entire ...

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English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle – Liverpool Empire

Direction and Choreography: Akram Khan Music: Vincenzo Lamagna after the original score of Adolphe Adam Visual Design and Costumes: Tim Yip Lighting Design: Mark Henderson Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Akram Khan’s retelling of 1841 Romantic ballet masterpiece Giselle – a co-production with Sadler’s Wells and Manchester International Festival – was first seen in Manchester in September 2016 to instant acclaim. It ...

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Man to Man  – Liverpool Everyman

Writer: Manfred Karge Translator:  Alexandra Wood Directors: Bruce Guthrie and Scott Graham Reviewer: Daryl Holden Not just an urban legend, the story of Man to Man is based on the real-life ordeal that Ella Gericke went through after the death of her husband in 1930’s Germany and she assumed his identity. Tackling issues not just limited to the rise and ...

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