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The Sum – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Man and woman seated, talking

Writer: Lizzie Nunnery Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: John Roberts There is certainly something commendable about the Everyman Rep season producing a “state of the times” play, the country is certainly facing some severe problems and none so more than in cities such as Liverpool. So while the idea of The Sum may have come from a place of real care ...

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The Lonesone West – The Royal Court, Liverpool

Writer: Martin McDonagh Director: Robert Farquhar Reviewer: John Roberts Moving away from the big, bold and brash scouse comedies that the Royal Court usually produces is a brave move, but there is something very familiar with their choice of producing Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic play The Lonesome West. Making his Royal Court debut Liverpool based director Robert Farquhar ...

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The Story Giant – Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Original Book: Brian Patten Adaptor: Lindsay Rodden Director: Matt Rutter Reviewer: Tate James The third installment of this year’s Everyman Rep Season is a magical journey of storytelling, as The Story Giant emerges into his tower and onto the stage. Once upon a time, four children enjoy a bedtime story before falling asleep in each of their four corners of ...

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My Country; a work in progress – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Verbatim with Carol Ann Duffy Director: Rufus Norris Reviewer: John Roberts Playing for just three nights at the Liverpool Playhouse before Easter weekend, the National Theatre should by all accounts be playing to sold out houses at the Liverpool Playhouse, but this is just not the case with their current UK tour of My Country; a work in progress. ...

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Gabriel – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Moira Buffini Director: Kate McGregor Reviewer: Tate James The catalogue of World War II dramas tends to focus heavily on the masculinity of war: young boys becoming men the moment they enlist, the horrors of those fighting for us all, the aftermath of their experience as they struggle to integrate back into everyday life. Stories of victims of war ...

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Grease- Liverpool Empire

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Victoria Morris Despite the controversial message that it portrays, Grease is a musical theatre “classic” which keeps drawing people back to see time and time again. However, with this current UK tour, it’s perhaps best this “beauty” drops out and goes back to the rehearsal room. Set at ...

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Shirley Valentine – The Grand, Leeds

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Producer: Adam Spiegel Director: Glen Walford Reviewer: Rob Atkinson There can be few theatrical challenges more daunting than a one-person show, the spectacle of a lone actor taking on the responsibility for the entertainment of a whole audience over the span of a couple of hours. When that show consists of what is essentially an extended monologue, ...

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The Conquest of the South Pole – Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool

Writer: Manfred Karge Director: Nick Bagnall Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin In Manfred Karge’s The Conquest of the South Pole we are introduced to the interminably dull lives of four men who exist in a cycle of tea, fishing and not working. Faced with the existential crisis of one of their troop at the opening of the show (Seiffert played in brilliant ...

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