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Red Riding Hood and the Wolf – Home, Manchester

Writer: Jon Barton Director: Jimmy Grimes Reviewer: Matthew Forrest It seems all the rage these days to take a popular and cherished story or fable and turn it on its head. It proved so popular with The Wizard of Oz and Wicked. It was inevitable that other stories would get this daring and ambitious makeover. However, it’s a brave person ...

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Guys and Dolls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director:  Michael Buffong Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Christmas production at the Royal Exchange is always a highlight of the festive period, providing a welcome alternative in the panto season.  Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls can hardly be considered a ...

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Forced Entertainment: Real Magic – HOME, Manchester

Director: Tim Etchells Reviewer: Lizz Clark Art meets theatre in Real Magic, a show in which one scene is repeated over and over, with seemingly infinite variation. Claire Marshall, Jerry Killick and Richard Lowdon are trying to perform a mind-reading act, but it doesn't work. They switch roles, perform the same act with minor variations, and it doesn't work again ...

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Dickie Beau: Re-Member Me – Contact, Manchester

Reviewer: Peter Jacobs Dickie Beau – ‘award-winning lip sync maestro and drag fabulist’ - is the alternative performance identity of perfectly-decent actor Richard Boyce. But Dickie has decided – or accepted, maybe - that he will never play the Dane: that epic Shakespearean role so often used a marker for acting greatness. The result is Re-Member Me – a show ...

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Crazy For You – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Ken Ludwig Music and lyrics: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Sam Lowe The theatre announcer explains that all the music will be played live on stage. A refreshing change considering the musicians are usually hidden away in the orchestra pit. Actor musicianship has been a recent trend in theatre for over decade now and provides ...

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Man on the Moon – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Keisha Thompson Director: Benji Reid Reviewer: Lizz Clark Keisha Thompson is an astonishing writer and performer. It's not so much the poetic phrases and star-gazing metaphors that pepper her solo piece, Man on the Moon – though these are plentiful. It's the delicate way that she handles big issues like mental health, family, and black identity so that these broad ...

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Little Women – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book:  Alan Knee Lyrics: Mindi Dickstein Music: Jason Howland Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Richard Hall In less than two years, Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre has become a byword for high quality, accessible, musical theatre. At the heart of the venue’s runaway success are its owners Joseph Houston and Willian Whelton. The dynamic duo has deservedly received widespread acclaim for the ...

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A Judgement in Stone- The Opera House, Manchester 

Writer: Ruth Rendell adapted by Simon Brett and Antony Lampard Director: Roy Marsden Reviewer: Dave Cunningham After a decade producing stage versions of thrillers by the Queen of Crime The Agatha Christie Theatre Company has had a revamp to become The Classic Thriller Company. One cannot quibble with the choice of the late Ruth Rendell as a ‘classic’ thriller writer. She was an ...

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