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Trainspotting Live – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Irvine Welsh Adaptor: Harry Gibson Director: Adam Spreadsbury-Maher and Greg Esplin Reviewer: Andrea Allen Calling all future audiences of Trainspotting Live, heed this advice, when walking into the theatre sit well clear of the “worst toilet in Scotland”. In Your Face Theatre are combusting across the UK with this loud, visceral, gloriously intrusive and gut-wrenchingly gross production. You’re going ...

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Rose – Home Theatre, Manchester.

Janet Suzman as Rose sits on a white stool

Writer: Martin Sherman. Director: Richard Beecham. Reviewer: Sam Lowe. Martin Sherman's play first premiered at the National Theatre in 1999, and today it is still relevant and poignant. Rose is a one person show about an eighty-year-old woman called Rose who lives in Miami, Florida. Rose takes the audience on a journey through her long life, this is an epic ...

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Persuasion – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Jane Austin Adaptor: Jeff James with James Yeatman Director: Jeff James Reviewer: Jo Beggs Now here’s a winning formula. Take a two-hundred-year-old classic of English literature, play it on a minimal set and give it a nineties club vibe, while remaining astonishingly true to the original. Sounds impossible, but Jeff James has managed to pull it off with huge ...

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The Buddy Holly Story – The Palace Theatre, Mancheste

Glen Joseph as buddy holly

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen “It’s not that I want to be rich. I just want the world to remember the name Buddy Holly”. Little did a passionate and determined teenage Buddy Holly know quite how much his words and wishes would come true, his music inspiring renowned artists such as The Beatles, Eric Clapton and ...

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Jon Richardson: Old Man – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Emma Boswell  Jon Richardson, best known as a regular team captain on 8 out of 10 Cats, has brought his Old Man tour to The Lowry for three nights as part of his five-month run. Richardson’s life has changed a lot since his last tour: he has surprised everyone (but mainly himself) in bagging himself a wife (fellow stand-up ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori Book: Richard Morris Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Helen Jones Thoroughly Modern Millie was originally written as a film vehicle for Julie Andrews and finally turned into a stage musical in 2002. It is 1922. Millie Dillmount is a girl from small town Kansas. She arrives in ...

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From Shore to Shore – Yang Sing, Manchester

Writers: Mary Cooper and MW Sun Director: David K S Tse Reviewer: Harriet Mallion Tucked away in private dining area in the Yang Sing restaurant in Manchester’s vibrant Chinatown you’ll find an intimate temporary theatre dedicated to telling rarely heard stories of migration, and the challenges faced by crossing borders and cultural boundaries in search of a place to call ...

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James Wilton Dance: Leviathan – Contact, Manchester

A group of dancers silhouetted through smoke

Choreography: James Wilton Reviewer: Peter Jacobs James Wilton Dance’s Leviathan aspires to greatness, loosely inspired by one of the Great American Novels of the Nineteenth Century – Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. In the novel, Captain Ahab becomes obsessed with capturing a white whale, ‘a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining’.  ...

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